Note: Due to our readers’ interest with a previous article that dealt with the Anunnaki, we’ve decided to expand the subject.
At one point or another, we’ve all wondered what our origins are; not our individual, biologic origin, but our collective root, our genesis as a species. Although society has come a long way in the past few thousands of years, some believe a definite answer to this question has yet to be given.
It should come as no surprise that the ancients were just as curious as we are. They sought clarification regarding the same pressing issues we face today. For millennia, humanity has been looking for answers.
The fundamental set of questions about our origin, purpose and destination is at the core of every religious movement on Earth. The various beliefs have proposed numerous explanations but until we have an answer it would be unwise to judge their validity.
One of the theories that attempts to provide such an answer involves the Anunnaki – “the children of Anu”, sometimes called “those who came from the heavens to earth.”
In short, the theory states that these enlightened beings came to Earth around half a million years ago. While their initial intent was to mine Earth for precious mineral resources, they eventually created modern man through genetic engineering of the existing Homo erectus. Definitely controversial, the theory has attracted a fair share of animosity. At the same time, millions of people find it fascinating and believe it provides copious amounts of evidence to support itself.
The theory was forwarded in the 1970’s by Soviet-American author Zecharia Sitchin in his book The 12th Planet and further developed in his subsequent publications. During the 1950’s and 60’s, Sitchin became interested in Sumerian cuneiform and began visiting archaeological sites. He was impressed with the ancient Sumerians’ advanced knowledge of cosmology and cosmogony and was impressed by the relatively sudden emergence of their well-developed society.
History shows that the Sumerians settled the marshy coasts of Eastern Arabia somewhere around 6,000 years ago, however little is known about their origins. They had advanced mathematical, astronomical and social notions at a time when other cultures lacked them. This led Sitchin to believe their knowledge had been given to them by an advanced entity or group of entities.
Sitchin dug further and found what he was looking for in the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Epic of Creation. Discovered in 1849 among the ruins of the Library of Ashurbanipal at Niniveh ( modern-day Iraq), the text written on seven clay tablets offers a detailed description of the formation of our solar system.
According to the Epic, Apsu (the Sun) was the first to form and it was joined by its messenger, Mercury or Mummu, as the Sumerians called it. The next celestial body to appear was Tiamat, which has no correspondent in today’s solar system, as it was eventually destroyed in an impact of cataclysmic proportions that was essential to our creation. The text also describes Venus (Lahamu) and Mars (Lahmu), orbiting between the Sun and Tiamat, followed by four more: Kishar, Anshar, Anu and Nudimmud, respectively Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
It is worth noting that at the time, no civilization had knowledge of more than five close astronomical bodies and the distant planets of Uranus and Neptune would only be discovered in the 18th and 19th century AD.
In the young and unstable solar system, the newly-formed planets exerted strong gravitational pulls on each other and some of them developed satellites. Tiamat, for example, had eleven of them. The presence of multiple satellites orbiting a planet wouldn’t be proven until 1609, when Galileo discovered Jupiter’s four largest moons.
Next, the Enuma Elish describes how a rogue planet, “not born into the family of Apsu” approached the outskirts of the solar system. This nomad had been wandering the cold void for eons, separated by its original star. As soon as it got here, it started making a mess of things. Sitchin hypothesized this planet is accountable for tilting Uranus and causing Neptune’s moon Triton to spin in a retrograde orbit. It is also responsible for disrupting Pluto’s orbit around one of the larger planets and turning it into a planetoid with an odd orbit.
The invading planet then set its course for Tiamat, engaging it into a “celestial battle”, as the Enuma Elish puts it. Tiamat was battered by the rogue planet’s satellites until it split in two halves. One of them became the asteroid belt. The other settled on a new orbit and was lucky enough to be left with Tiamat’s largest satellite orbiting around it. We call that planet home, for it is Earth.
The rogue planet is none other than Nibiru.
During the celestial battle, Nibiru – the “Planet of the Crossing” passed the “Seed of Life” unto Earth. Thus, through destruction, creation is brought forth. The text does not specify where Nibiru came from. Interestingly enough, modern astronomy is no stranger to panspermia, a concept that states life on Earth could have originated elsewhere in the universe and was brought here by asteroids, comets or maybe even rogue planets. There are microorganisms here on Earth that could theoretically survive a journey through space that lasted tens of thousands, perhaps millions of years. Therefore, it stands to reason that life on Earth could have originated elsewhere.
The fact that such an advanced cosmogony had been written on the clay tablets of the ancient Sumerians proved fascinating for Sitchin. Their progressive knowledge of the cosmos is a pivotal point in his theory about the Sumerians and the Anunnaki. Sitchin believes that the “children of Anu” had witnessed these events firsthand and had passed them on to their chosen people of Sumer, for there was no way the Sumerians could have found them out on their own.