Sumerian creation myth

The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts

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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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By John Black

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I read this text and i see very limited perception by modern translators. When elements of matter are taken from one object to make another, then yes the former was killed or destroyed. BUT this doesnt mean a person was killed to make a person. Many words are thrown in as names that are not such as Lucifer the name left as a name instead of translating the statement that the king is a shining one or rising one or descending one (like a star). Now my question from Bible Genesis. When grandpa Nahor of Ur suckered his grandson Haran to return to Ur for the 74-man suicide (yes i know 68 wives not men) then i recognize the names refer to father and son because Mes.Anipada is the father of A.Anipada so that suicide Mes.Kalumdug must be the father of A.Kalumdug. But Jasher's chrnology clearly shows that by choosing 2127bc for Terah fathering Abram as 2057bc that it thinks the throne handed from Chinese YU (Reu) A.Anipada to Meskiag is SERUG the grandpa of Terah. So the question arises is the name Mes-Kiag or is it Mesk-iag as in Mesk-Anipada or Mesk-Alumdug. Former traslations do not have the K. So what is it, the end of Mes (father) or the start of the name. By the way terah was actually born followed by a 360-day new year of sothic July 18 in 2148bc at Ur which is the Terah TAU Marduk created by Nahor his father who then committed the suicides in 2029bc on Egyptian Kayak 24 (a May 5 christmas eve). Terah is the one who revised YU (Reu's 60 years) and then named it after his dead son Haran or Hawan which is also Hawang or Huang (Di or dios or theos or Day). Year 255 of Shelah (Shiloh or Shiva) which is 2333-2078bc is Haran's birth altered to Chinese NuWa's Flood year ending 2952-2697bc, and calendar honor after Hawan's death in 2029bc is given when Abram is born in 2018bc year 315 of Shelah altered to 2952-2637bc because it is 1200 years before the Yu who founded Xian China in 1437bc. So back to Mes or Mesk, anyone have the answer before this asteroid impact strikes as vengence again?

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Ancient texts tell us nothing about ancient origins at all. The majority of human cultures have NO written sacred texts, and hearsay itself is unavoidably subject to error.

This morning it occurred to me to just simply throw it all out as God pre-exists any religion or writings, all of which were put down by human beings for reasons of their own, not Gods!!

After all, God itself is quite capable of writing it all down for us and materializing it publicly in view of a vast number of witnesses now, or tomorrow, or any time soon. But, hey, we have no evidence it has ever done so, and in fact scrupulously denies all such texts, all religions, and all human efforts to get it to do what we want or at least approve it-whether saying Mass, blood sacrifices, wars it its name, or anything else.

As to the idea it regards us as special, well, yes, there are avatars around who can demonstrate its huge love for us , but they dont write anything down, or even say very much either.

So what, you may ask, is the point of all of the piles of rubble being excavated, all the lands being occupied, all the wars, and all the websites ? Well, certainly nothing God approves of or involves itself in regardless of myths , like Joan of Arc’s, to the contrary.

We do not know our origins. We may well have come here from another world, long ago, because we had to. Just a thought there. People are always blaming the Creator, or the Devil, for all the illnesses etc, but just as the aborigines of South America had their populations decimated by their contact with the Spanish centuries ago (it continues still) , just possibly we came from another world where such diseases were non-existant.

There are no snakes in Ireland, nor are there Bison on Easter Island, so it figures other worlds may be our origin. And in those places, wherever they are, or were, its like Heaven is in our minds, as there humans like us used to be able to live without being killed off by Ebola, Malaria, Polio, or Small pox , cancer and TB etc.

WE may have come from there to here, where we have no resistance to the diseases at all, and must needs research cures etc.

Whatever the Truth of the matter, one thing is absolutely certain, and that is that if you do hear voices telling you to do things you should not do, like Joan of Arc or that murderous man in Charleston, just tell God exactly where it can go, suggesting it do its own dirty work, and it will applaud your  impertinence, and no harm done.!! But so far, wherever we came from and whatever our past and our future is likely to be or was, we have ABSOLUTELY no evidence for physical life after the death of our own bodies at all, and I would have thought by now everyone would have sussed that the ONLY reason IT raised Christ’s body to life again after his death on the cross was to prove its own existence, and because the poor guy hadn’t harmed anybody at all.

It was God’s way of showing the ignorant population, and his followers who it was who was really performing the miracles, because it wasn’t Jesus, no.

There aren’t any Illuminati, and the UFOs are visions of God. ( As in the Ramayana and Mahabharata and Ezekiel etc) . There is no FBI cover-up of technologies filched from Aliens, because if there were, and if they had, we would all be travelling at warp speed to a Galaxy Far Far Away , instead of slow petrol fuelled jets that are subject to gravity, faulty electrical circuits and crash all the time.And those diseases to might all be gone by now...

There is hope, but that hope involves throwing away all belief systems, all ideologies, all politics and all invented and speculative histories and archeologies, because , well, just look at their effects on this site alone, and living peacefully together in God’s presence, as anyone with any sense does anyway

   

You said, “There aren’t any Illuminati, and the UFOs are visions of God. ( As in the Ramayana and Mahabharata and Ezekiel etc) . There is no FBI cover-up of technologies filched from Aliens, because if there were, and if they had, we would all be travelling at warp speed to a Galaxy Far Far Away , instead of slow petrol fuelled jets that are subject to gravity, faulty electrical circuits and crash all the time.”

Sorry to disappoint you but, “NO, we aren’t flying around at warp speed because the elite of this world want to keep the majority of us...enslaved.” (for whatever reason…???)

Case-In-Point: Here in Los Angeles, we have this multi-billion dollar “Rail System” being built...right! Only problem with it is that it uses 400 year old technology to move people around in the 21st century! How STUPID is that? At least, they could have used the “Monorail” system which would have cost less than a TENTH of this ridiculous Rail System. BUT, you see, the railroad company OWNS the right-of-way for MOST of the Los Angeles Basin. Therefore, it is in THEIR best interest to keep the rail system in operation.

Personally, after having watched the video, “The biggest lie of all...” I have more belief in the Scriptural version of a “Flat Earth with the Firmament Above” than ALL the fake pictures of Earth from space!

If you haven’t seen the video, here is a link...http://www.timetounite.com/the-biggest-lie-of-all/

Take Care and God Bless!

bob

 

I believe the only way out for human kind to rule the universe is to master fear while we are still in flesh because it is obvious from the discussions so far that being flesh was our strong point. It is also obvious that for the gods to abandon us - it means they could not destroy us completely without making their existence nonsensical. So science will liberate us, so that we conquer fear and get over with the pre-occupation of death because death takes us back to the gods but if we master fear, we will find a way of bringing our own to life after death. Without the power and the lies of death we will combine all human creativity, improve telepathy, create instant mind coordination and communication across all human form and then go out to master the universe and look for the gods for it will be payback time. I believe Jesus conquered fear and death but he had to hide somewhere (with his mother - a very desolate place where the gods against human kind can not find them - under the protection of the gods who created the woman (Eva)) until human kind is knowledgeable enough and has the numbers and the power to challenge the gods (read Daniel in the bible). The gods when we start challenging them will reply with armagedon but with the guidance of Christ the King, his mother, the gods supporting us and the collective spiritual energies of all those who have gone before us with the same believe we will overcome our enemy gods and return creation to its original course. Amen

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