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Sumerian creation myth

The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts

Sumer, or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and writing, architecture and arts, astronomy and mathematics. Their religious system was a complex one comprised of hundreds of gods. According to the ancient texts, each Sumerian city was guarded by its own god; and while humans and gods used to live together, the humans were servants to the gods.

The Sumerian creation myth can be found on a tablet in Nippur, an ancient Mesopotamian city founded in approximately 5000 BC.

The creation of Earth ( Enuma Elish ) according to the Sumerian tablets begins like this:

When in the height heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsu, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the gods none had been called into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies were ordained;
Then were created the gods in the midst of heaven,
Lahmu and Lahamu were called into being...

Sumerian mythology claims that, in the beginning, human-like gods ruled over Earth. When they came to the Earth, there was much work to be done and these gods toiled the soil, digging to make it habitable and mining its minerals.

The texts mention that at some point the gods mutinied against their labour.

When the gods like men
Bore the work and suffered the toll
The toil of the gods was great,
The work was heavy, the distress was much.

Anu, the god of gods, agreed that their labour was too great. His son Enki, or Ea, proposed to create man to bear the labour, and so, with the help of his half-sister Ninki, he did. A god was put to death, and his body and blood was mixed with clay. From that material the first human being was created, in likeness to the gods.

You have slaughtered a god together
With his personality
I have removed your heavy work
I have imposed your toil on man.

In the clay, god and man
Shall be bound,
To a unity brought together;
So that to the end of days
The Flesh and the Soul
Which in a god have ripened –
That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.

This first man was created in Eden, a Sumerian word which means ‘flat terrain’. In the Epic of Gilgamesh , Eden is mentioned as the garden of the gods and is located somewhere in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Sumerian tablet depicting Enki in the creation myth. ( world-myth.com)

Initially human beings were unable to reproduce on their own, but were later modified with the help of Enki and Ninki. Thus, Adapa was created as a fully functional and independent human being. This ‘modification’ was done without the approval of Enki’s brother, Enlil, and a conflict between the gods began. Enlil became the adversary of man, and the Sumerian tablet mentions that men served gods and went through much hardship and suffering.

Adapa, with the help of Enki, ascended to Anu where he failed to answer a question about ‘the bread and water of life’. Opinions vary on the similarities between this creation story and the biblical story of Adam and Eve in Eden.

Featured image: Sumerian chaos monster and sun god. ( Wikipedia)

Note: Ancient Sumerian translations were taken from William Bramley’s book, The Gods of Eden .

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Enuma Elish - The Epic of Creation

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By John Black

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I know it goes without saying as somewhere someones said it before but on the matter there was no flood, is a common misconception that it wasnt so in that it was only 40 days, is seen otherwise in genesis 7 & 8, in chapter 7 it says Noe entered the ark in the 600th year of his life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month...so mankinds gone hes now last oldest person, history or time, for the sake of being as one much as can contend if no one else exsists the year would be whatever his day of birth is as we dont keep date of the earth we keep with date whose before us or in power even or just exsisting this may seem farfecthed but in chapter 8 it says in the 601st year, in the 1st month, on the 1st day of the month the waters were dried off the earth. However it wasnt until the 2nd month on the 27th day of the 601 year Noe went out of the ark
Noe was on the ark a year and 10 days.
At any rate the day he entered the ark it says all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of heaven opened, then it rained 40 days and 40 nights, after this the waters still continued to rise 40 days to 15 cubits or 45 ft roughly above the highest mountains. At the end of chapter 7 it says waters rose on the earth 150 days, the majority of the water was to be from earth it self as it says the fountains of the great deep, in job it mentions springs of the deep once thought not real too, whis has been proven that even beneath earths crust there is water , at start of chapter 8 it says God remembered Noe the fountains of the deep were closed and the floodgates of heaven too.
In the beginning of genesis it says the face of God was stirring above the waters, then made light and dark first day, it wasnt until the 3rd day he made land, dry land.

British is Re as in Ray because it is the sun ray and the god is dead when there is not distinct shadow lines. The word Ra is an american corruption because there is no Rah rah rah. The same with names like KuFu because British Che is the letter K, and the pronunciation of -ops is off so that he is Kay-Ef two letters KF. We are ruled by idiots who thrive as liars.

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