The Wars of The Olden Gods

…”Anu’s first visit to Earth and the decisions then reached set the course of events on Earth for all the millennia that followed. In time they led to the creation of The Adam – Man as we know him, Homo sapiens; they also planted the seeds of future conflict on Earth between Enlil and Enki and their descendants.

…But first there were the lingering and bitter struggles between the House of Anu and the House of Alalu, an enmity that burst out on Earth into the War of Titans. It was a war that pitted “the gods who are in heaven” against the “gods who are upon dark-hued Earth”, it was, in its last climactic phase, an uprising of the Igigi!

…That it had taken place in the early days of the settlement of the Nibiruans on Earth and in the aftermath of Anu’s first visit to Earth, we know from the Kingship in Heaven text.

It is augmented and continued in several other Hittite/Hurrian texts, which scholars call collectively The Kumarbi Cycle.

…We do learn that after the passage of some time… Kumarbi came down to Earth. For reasons that may have been explained in missing parts of the texts, he went to Ea in the Abzu.

There was conflict between Kumarbi and the Storm God Teshub, who according to the Sumerians was Enlil’s younger son Ishkur/Adad. Kumarbi went to consult Ea.

…Ea suggested that Kumarbi “ascend to heaven” and seek the help of Lama, who was “mother of the two gods” and thus, apparently, an ancestral matriarch of the two contesting dynasties. With some self-interest, Ea offered to transport Kumarbi to the Celestial Abode in his MAR.GID.DA (celestial chariot) which the Akkadians called Ti-ia-ri-ta, “the flying vehicle.” But the goddess, having found out that Ea was coming without the permission of the Assembly of the Gods, sent “lightning winds” against Ea’s spacecraft, forcing him and Kumarbi to return to Earth.

…But rather than go down all the way, Kumarbi chose to stay with the orbiting gods whom the Hittite/Hurrian text calls Irsirra (“Those Who See and Orbit”), the Sumerian IGI.GI.

…The essence of his thoughts was that he should be proclaimed “the father of all the gods,” the supreme deity!

…Gaining the backing of the orbiting Irsirra gods, Kumarbi “put swift shoes on his feet” and flew down to Earth. There he sent his emissary to the other leading gods, demanding that they recognize his supremacy.

…It was then that Anu decided that enough was enough. To vanquish once and for all the grandson of his adversary Alalu, Anu ordered his own grandson, the “Storm God” Teshub, to find Kumarbi and kill him.

After terrible battles between terrestrial gods led by Teshub and the sky-borne gods led by Kumarbi, Teshub prevailed. But according to additional Hittite epic tales in the Kumarbi Cycle, it is said that he impregnated a goddess of the mountain, and the child “Stone God” Ullikumi was borne and instructed to destroy Teshub and to take the throne by force on Nibiru.

As Ullikumi grew up he made ready to attack Teshub. He had assumed giant proportions.

…Realizing there was no alternative to battle, Teshub readied his chariot for combat; the Hittite text calls it by its Sumerian name ID.DUG.GA, “The Flowing Leaden Rider.”

The instructions for outfitting the celestial chariot, for which the Hittite text heavily employed the original Sumerian terminology, merit quoting. They called for revving up the vehicle with the “Great Cracker”; attaching the “Bull” (power-plant) that “Lights Up” in front and the “Bull for Lofty Missile” in the back end; installing the radarlike or navigational device “That Which Shows The Way” in the forepart; activating the instruments with the powerful energy “Stones” (minerals); and then arming the vehicle with the “Storm Thunderer,” loading it with no less than eight hundred “Fire Stones.”

…After the initial unsuccessful attacks, Ninurta, the brother of Teshub/Adad, joined the battles. But the Stone god remained unharmed and carried the battle to the very gates of Kummiya, the Storm God’s city.

…There, Hebat, Teshub’s spouse had been listening to the messages of Teshub, and all the gods, and the progress of the battle, but Ullikummi’s missiles forced her out. Believing her husband was dead, she sent her messenger where all the gods were assembled to bring news back of the battle.

…But Teshub had not been killed. Advised by his attendant to hide at some mountainous sites, he refused: If we do that, he said, “there will be no king in Heaven!” The two then decided to go to Ea in the Abzu, to seek there an oracle according to “the old tablets with the words of fate.”

…Realizing that Kumarbi had brought forth a monster that was getting out of hand, Ea went to Enlil to warn him of the danger: “Ullikummi will block off the Heaven and the god’s holy houses!” An assembly of the Great Anunnaki was called. With all at a loss for a solution, Ea had one: From the scale storehouse of the “stone cutters,” let them bring out a certain Olden Metal Cutter and let them cut under the feet of Ullikummi the Stone God.

…When this was achieved, the Stone God was crippled… But Ullikummi was still defiant, declaring: “Kummiya I shall destroy, the Sacred House I shall take over, the gods I shall drive out… up to Heaven I shall go to assume Kingship!”

…The closing lines of the Hittite epic are completely damaged; but can we doubt that they told us the Sanskrit tale of the final battle between Indra and the “demon” Vritra?

And then was seen a dreadful sight,
when god and demon met in fight.
His sharpened missiles Vritra shot,
his thunderbolts and lightnings hot…
The lightnings then began to flash,
the direful thunderbolts to crash,
by Indra proudly hurled…
And soon the knell of Vritra’s doom
was sounded by the clang and boom
of Indra’s iron shower.
Pierced, cloven, crushed, with horrid yell
the dying demon headlong fell…
And Indra smote him with a bolt
between the shoulders.

…”These, we believe, were the battles of the “gods” and the Titans of the Greek tales. No one has yet found the meaning of “Titans”; but if the tales had a Sumerian origin, and if so did these gods’ name, then TI.TA.AN in Sumerian would have literally meant “Those Who in Heaven Live” – precisely the designation of the Igigi led by Kumarbi; and their adversaries were the Anunnaki, “Who are on Earth.”

…Sumerian texts indeed record an olden life-and-death battle between a grandson of Anu and a “demon” of a different clan; the tale is known as The Myth of Zu [1]. Its hero is Ninurta, Enlil’s son by his half-sister Sud; it could well have been the original tale from which the Hindu tales were borrowed.

…In Nippur, there, atop a raised platform was the DIR.GA room, the most restricted “holy of holies” where the vital celestial charts and orbital data panels – the “Tablets of Destinies” – were installed.

…It was into this sacred chamber that a god named Zu gained access, seizing the vital tablets and thereby holding in his hands the fate of the Anunnaki on Earth and of Nibiru itself.

…By combining portions of Old Babylonian and Assyrian versions of the Sumerian text, a good deal of the tale has been restored. But damaged portions still held the secret of Zu’s true identity, as well as an explanation of how he had gained access to the Dirga.

…In Sumerian the name Zu meant “He Who Knows,” one expert in certain knowledge. Several references to the evil hero of this tale as AN.ZU – “He Who Knows the Heavens” suggest a connection with the space program that had linked Earth with Nibiru; and the now-restored beginning of the chronicle indeed relates how Zu, an orphan, was adopted by the astronauts who manned the shuttlecraft and orbiting platforms, the Igigi – learning from them the secrets of the heavens and of space travel.

Continuing with the subject of the Igigi…

…”The action begins as the Igigi, “being gathered from all parts,” decided to make an appeal to Enlil. Their complaint was that “until that time for the Igigi a break-taking place had not yet been built.” In other words, there simply was no facility on Earth for the rest and recreation of the Igigi, where they could relax from the rigors of space and its weightlessness. To voice their complaint they selected Zu to be their spokesman, sending him to Enlil’s center in Nippur.

…Enlil, “the father of the gods , in the Dur-An-Ki, saw him, and thought of what they [the Igigi] said.” As “in his mind he pondered” the request, “he studied the heavenly Zu closely.”

Who, after all, was this emissary, not one of the astronauts and yet wearing their uniform? As his suspicions grew, Ea – aware of Zu’s true ancestry – spoke up; he suggested to Enlil that a decision on the request of the Igigi could be postponed if Zu were delayed at Enlil’s headquarters. “Your service let him enter,” Ea said to Enlil; “in the sanctuary, to the innermost seat, let him be the one to block the way.”

…And so it was, with Ea’s connivance, that an adversary god – a secret descendant of Alalu – was admitted to Enlil’s innermost and most sensitive chamber. We read that there Zu “constantly views Enlil, the father of the gods, the god of Bond-Heaven-Earth… his celestial Tablet of Destinies Zu constantly views.” And soon a scheme took shape: “the removal of the Enlilship he conceives in his heart.”

…Zu saw his chance one day as Enlil went to take a cooling swim. “He seized the Tablet of Destinies in his hands” and in his Bird “took off and flew to safety in the HUR.SAG.MU” (“Mountain of the Sky-Chambers”). No sooner had this happened than everything came to a standstill:

Suspended were the divine formulas;
The lighted brightness petered out;
Silence prevailed.
In space, the Igigi were confounded;
The sanctuary’s brilliance was taken off.

…Anu on Nibiru was also informed. It was clear that Zu must be captured and the Tablet of Destinies restored to the Dir-ga. But who will do it?

Ninurta, Enlil’s legal heir, stepped forth to undertake the task, for – as his mother Sud had pointed out, Zu deprived not only Enlil but also Ninurta of the “Enlilship.”

Ninurta and Zu engaged in a “terrifying war, a fierce battle”:

Zu and Ninurta met at the mountainside. (Mount Hazzi)
When Zu perceived him, he broke out in rage.
With his Brilliance, he made the mountain
bright as daylight;
He let loose rays in a rage.

…But Ninurta continued to “advance aggressively” against Zu.”

Ninurta, however, was not able to vanquish Zu in his attempt.

…Stalemated, Ninurta asked his younger brother Ishkur/Adad to obtain the advice of Enlil. “Ishkur, the prince, took the report, the news of the battle he reported to Enlil.”

…Enlil instructed Ishkur to go back and tell Ninurta: “In the battle do not tire, prove thy strength!” More practically, he sent Ninurta a tillu – a missile to attach to the Stormer that shoots the projectiles.

…With this Ninurta “attacked Zu as suggested by his father… by aiming at the “pinions” of Zu’s Whirlwind… Zu was captured and brought back before Enlil in Nippur; the Tablet of Destinies was reinstalled where it belonged; “Lordship again entered the Ekur, the Divine Formulas were returned.”

…The captured Zu was put on trial before a court-martial consisting of the Seven Great Anunnaki; he was found guilty and sentenced to death; Ninurta, his vanquisher “cut his throat.”

…The defeat of Zu lingered in the memory of the Anunnaki as a great deliverance. Perhaps because of the assumption that the spirit of Zu – representing betrayal, duplicity, and all evil in general – persists in causing ill and suffering, the trial and execution of Zu were transmitted to mankind’s generations in the form of an elaborate ritual. In this annual commemoration a bull was chosen to stand for Zu and atone for his evil deed.

…Long instructions for the ritual have been found in both Babylonian and Assyrian versions, all indicating their earlier Sumerian source. After extensive preparations, a “great bull, strong bull who treads upon clean pastures,” was brought into the temple and purified on the first day of a certain month. It was then whispered into the bull’s left ear through a reed tube: “Bull, the guilty Zu are you”; and into the right ear: “Bull, you have been chosen for the rite and the ceremonies.” On the fifteenth day the bull was brought before the images of “the Seven Gods Who Judge” and the symbols of the twelve celestial bodies of the Solar System.

…The trial of Zu was then reenacted, the bull was put down before Enlil, “the Great Shepherd.” The accusing priest recited rhetorical accusasional questions, as though addressed to Enlil: How could you have given “the store treasure” to the enemy? How could you have let him to come and dwell in the “pure place”? How could he gain access to your quarters? Then the play acting called for Ea and other gods to beseech Enlil to calm himself, for Ninurta had stepped forward and asked his father: “Point my hands in the right direction! Give me the right words of command!”

…Following this recital of the evidence given at the trial, judgment was passed. As the bull was being slaughtered in accord with detailed instructions, the priests recited the bull’s verdict: his liver was to be boiled in a sacrificial kettle; his skin and muscles were to be burned inside the temple; but his “evil tongue shall remain outside.”

…Then the priests playing the role of the other gods, broke out in a hymn of praise to Ninurta.

…The conspiracy of Zu and his evil plotting remained also in mankind’s memory, evolving into a fear of birdlike demons who can cause affliction and pestilence. Some of these demons were called Lillu, a term that played on the double meaning “to howl” and “of the night”; their female leader, Lillitu – Lillith – was depicted as a naked, winged goddess with birdlike feet. The many shurpu (“purification by burning”) texts that have been found were formulas for incantations against these evil spirits – forerunners of the sorcery and witchcraft that had lasted throughout the millennia.

…In spite of the solemn vows taken after the defeat of Zu to honor and respect Enlil’s supremacy and Ninurta’s position as second-in-command, the basic factors causing rivalry and contentions had remained – breaking into the open from time to time in the ensuing millennia. Realizing that this would be so, Anu and Enlil provided Ninurta with new, marvelous weapons. Anu gave him the SHAR.UR (“Supreme Hunter”) and the SHAR.GAZ (“Supreme Smiter”); Enlil gave him several weapons, of which the unique IB – a weapon with “fifty killing heads” – was the most awesome, leading to references in the chronicles to Ninurta as “The Lord of the Ib.” Thus armed, Ninurta became the “Foremost Warrior of Enlil,” ready to fight off all challenges to the Enlilship.

…The next such challenge came in the shape of a mutiny of the Anunnaki who were working in the gold mines of the Abzu. The mutiny, and the events that had led to it and followed it, are fully described in a text called by scholars The Atra-Hasis Epic [2] – a full-fledged Earth Chronicle which, inter alia, records the events that led to the creation of Homo sapiens – Man as we know him.

…The text informs us that after Anu had gone back to Nibiru and Earth was divided between Enlil and Enki, the Anunnaki toiled in the mines of Abzu for “forty counted periods” – forty orbits of their planet, or 144,000 Earth-years. But the work was difficult and backbreaking…

…The mining operations, deep inside the earth, were never interrupted: the Anunnaki “suffered the toil day and night.”

…Dissatisfaction grew: “They were complaining, backbiting, grumbling in the excavations.”

Ninurta went to the Abzu, but this strained relations with Enki even more. Enlil went to the Abzu, and the Anunnaki took their opportunity to mutiny.

…As Enlil remained a prisoner in his own quarters, he sent a message to Anu and asked that he come to Earth. When Anu arrived, the Great Anunnaki assembled for a court-martial. Anu ruled in favor of the Anunnaki.

But a solution to the hard toil was needed. And Enki found one:

…While the Chief Medical Officer, their sister Sud, was here in the Abzu with them:

Let her create a Primitive Worker;
And let him bear the yoke…
Let the Worker carry the toil of the gods,
Let him bear the yoke!

…In the following one hundred lines of the Atra-Hasis text, and in several other “Creation of Man” texts that have been discovered in various states of preservation, the tale of the genetic engineering of Homo sapiens has been told in amazing detail. To achieve the feat Enki suggested that a “Being that already exists” – Apewoman – be used to create the Lulu Amelu (“The Mixed Worker”) by “binding” upon the less evolved beings “the mold of the gods.” The goddess Sud purified the “essence” of a young male Anunnaki, she mixed into the egg of an Apewoman. The fertilized egg was then implanted in the womb of a female Anunnaki, for the required period of pregnancy. When the “mixed creature” was born, Sud lifted him up and shouted:

“I have created! My hands have made him!”

…The “Primitive Worker” – Homo sapiens – had come into being. It happened some 300,000 years ago; it came about through a feat of genetic engineering and embryo-implant techniques which mankind itself is beginning to employ. There has undoubtedly been a long process of evolution; but then the Anunnaki had taken a hand in the process and jumped the gun on evolution “creating” us sooner than we might have evolved on our own. Scholars have been searching for a long time for the “missing link” in man’s evolution. The Sumerian texts reveal that the “missing link” was a feat of genetic manipulation performed in a laboratory… It was not a feat over and done with in an instant. The texts make clear that it had taken the Anunnaki considerable trial and error to achieve the desired “perfect model” of the Primitive Worker, but once achieved, a mass-production process was launched: fourteen “birth goddesses” at a time were implanted with the genetically manipulated Apewoman eggs: seven to bear males and seven to bear female Workers. As soon as they grew up, the Workers were put to work in the mines; and as their numbers grew, they assumed more and more of the physical chores in the Abzu.

…The armed clash between Enlil and Enki that was soon to take place, however, was over these same slave laborers.

…The more the production of ores improved in the Abzu, the greater was the work load on the Anunnaki that had remained to operate the facilities in Mesopotamia. The climate was milder, rains were more plentiful, and the rivers of Mesopotamia were constantly overflowing. Increasingly the Mesopotamian Anunnaki “were digging the river,” raising dykes and deepening canals. Soon they too began to clamor for the slave workers, the “creatures of bright countenance” but with thick black hair.

…It is understood that Enki refused Enlil’s request for the transfer of Primitive Workers to Mesopotamia. Deciding to take matters into his hands, Enlil took the extreme step of disconnecting the communications with the home planet: “In the ‘Bond Heaven-Earth’ he made a gash… verily did he speed to disconnect Heaven from Earth.” Then he launched an armed attack against the Land of the Mines.

…The Anunnaki in the Abzu assembled the Primitive Workers in a central compound, strengthening its walls against the coming attack. But Enlil fashioned a marvelous weapon, the AL.A.NI (“Ax That Produces Power”) equipped with a “horn” and an “earth slitter” that could drill through earth and earthworks. With these weapons Enlil drove a hole through the fortifications. As the whole widened Primitive Workers were breaking out toward Enlil. He eyed the Black-headed Ones in fascination.”

…Thereafter the Primitive Workers performed the manual tasks in both Lands: in the Land of the Mines they “bore the work and suffered the toil”; in Mesopotamia, “with picks and spades they built gods’ houses, they built the big canal banks; food they grew for the sustenance of the gods.”

…Many ancient drawings engraved on cylinder seals depicted these Primitive Workers performing their tasks, naked as the animals of the field. Various Sumerian texts recorded this animal like stage in human development:

When mankind was first created,
They knew not the eating of bread,
Knew not the dressing of garments,
Ate plants with their mouth like sheep,
Drank water from the ditch…

…”How long, however, could young female Anunnaki be asked (or forced) to perform the role of “birth goddesses”? Unbeknownst to Enlil, and with the connivance of Sud, Enki contrived to give the new creature one more genetic twist: granting to the hybrid beings – incapable of procreating, as all hybrids are – the ability to have offspring, the sexual “Knowing” for having children. The event is echoed in the tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and although the original Sumerian text of the tale has not yet been found, a number of Sumerian depictions of the event were indeed discovered. They show different aspects of the tale: the Tree of Life; the offering of the forbidden fruit; the angry encounter that ensued between the “Lord God” and the “Serpent.” Yet another shows Eve girdled in a garment around her loins while Adam is still naked, another detail related in the Bible.

Mr. Sitchin draws his attention to a particular depiction (page 107, figure 30 of his book):

…”While the Serpent God features in all these ancient depictions, the illustration reproduced here is of particular significance as it writes out in archaic Sumerian the god’s epithet/name as (a star and a triangular symbol). The “star” spells “god” and the triangular symbol reads BUR, BURU, or BUZUR – all terms that make the epithet/name mean “God Who Solves Secrets,” “God of the Deep Mines,” and variations thereof. The Bible (in the original Hebrew) calls the god who tempted Eve Nahash, translated “Serpent,” but literally meaning “He Who Solves Secrets” and “He Who Knows Metals,” the exact parallels of the god’s names in the Sumerian depiction. This depiction is of further interest because it shows the Serpent God with his hands and feet in tethers, suggesting that Enki was arrested after his unauthorized deed.

…In his anger Enlil ordered the expulsion of the Adam – the Homo sapiens Earthling – from the E.DIN (“The Abode of the Righteous Ones”). No longer confined to the settlements of the Anunnaki, Man began to roam the Earth.

…”And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain… and she bore his brother Abel.” The gods were no longer alone on Earth.

…Little did the Anunnaki then know the role that the Primitive Worker would play in the wars between them.

Categories: Anunnaki, The Wars of Gods and Men
Anton Nieuwenhuizen

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