Let’s pick up from where we left off.
According to Sitchin’s interpretation of Ancient Sumerian Myths, the invading planet Nibiru reshaped the solar system and played a crucial role in the creation of Earth. His research showed that primitive single-cell organisms were “planted” on Earth and Sitchin theorizes that all life forms evolved from these “seeds”.
Life on Earth then evolved on it’s own up until around half a million years ago. At that time, the most advanced hominid was Homo erectus. Around the same time, the Anunnaki “came down from the heavens.” We could assume that they populated Nibiru, which had settled in an elliptical 3,600 year orbit around the Sun. The Sumerians called this length of time a “shar”.
According to several authors, Nibiru’s passing near Earth at regular intervals was the cause of many catastrophes, including the Great Flood mentioned by many cultures around the world.
While their reason for visiting Earth is unclear, the most commonly stated purpose seemed to be mining our planet’s natural resources. They showed an increased interest towards our planet’s gold reserves. We can only speculate why but this seems to go on par with our own fascination with the precious metal.
Sitchin believes the Sumerian Anunnaki, the Egyptian Neter, the Hebrew Anakeim, Elohim and ultimately Nephilim refer to the same alien race that descended to Earth some 430,000 years ago. At the time, our planet was in the midst of a severe glacial period and not all regions were habitable. According to the Sumerian accounts, the Anunnaki themselves were able to live and breathe on Earth, therefore it stands to reason that they were in search of a hospitable place to establish their base of operations.
Such a place was found where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, in Mesopotamia. Interestingly enough, many scholars believe this area to be the biblical location of the Garden of Eden. The term “Eden” itself originates from the Akkadian/Sumerian Edinu, meaning “home of the righteous ones”, speculates Sitchin.
For some time, the Anunnaki maintained and operated several bases on Earth. At the time, they were the only intelligent species on Earth, even if their origin lay elsewhere. They had established mining operations in several places in the Middle East and Northern Africa and their workforce consisted of the Igigi, which we can assume were lower-ranking Anunnaki themselves.
If you were wondering how exactly did the proponents of the Anunnaki theory come up with this timeline, we can tell you that most of the dates for these events come from a collection of ancient artifacts called the Sumerian King List. The first of these cuneiform tablets was discovered in the early 20th century by German scholar Hermann Hilprecht in the ruins of one of the oldest Sumerian cities, Nippur. Several others were soon found and when pieced together, they paint a very interesting and unusual picture.
The King List deals with Sumer’s mythical past by claiming that the very origin of kingship is divine by nature and had “descended from heaven.” It names eight great antediluvian kings that reigned for a total period of 241,200 years between the time of their landing and until the Great Flood swept the land. All of these rulers are mythical and unconfirmed and each one reigned for a period of time far greater than the lifespan of any human. For example, the first two kings ruled for 64,800 years in the city of Eridu.
Interestingly enough, each of these mythical king’s reigns is divisible by 3,600, the exact number of years it took Nibiru to complete an orbit around the Sun and consequently pass next to our planet. Authors such as Sitchin consider this a crucial aspect that demonstrates the link between the Anunnaki on Earth and their original civilization on Nibiru.
While some believe these figures are an exaggeration meant to overemphasize the Sumerians’ right to rule, others consider the King List an accurate account of real events that transpired on Earth before the dawn of mankind.
In our next article we will discuss the different Anunnaki “Gods” and the first cities they built on Earth.