In the early 1900’s British archeologists started doing excavations in the ancient Sumerian city of UR. Many of the artifacts and tablets spoke of beings called the Anunnaki and depicted these beings with wings. Why did ancient man depict the Anunnkai with wings? This seems very similar to angels in the modern bible. The answer is quite simple if we look at more modern references. In ancient times, man did not understand technology. So anything flying in the skies of Earth had to be alive. Depicting the Anunnkai with wings leads me to believe the Sumerians were trying to say that the Anunnaki had the power of flight. Since ancient man did not understand technology, they gave the Anunnaki wings to symbolically represent their power of flight.
We find references to this same phenomenon in other ancient cultural records as I have discussed elsewhere in the book—beings who were clearly others, who had arrived from the sky. And we must not forget the astronaut and the other images constructed upon the Nazca plain—images that could only have come if the designer had an aerial viewpoint.
If you look at modern references to when we landed the first Apollo mission on the moon, the words used to mark that event were” Houston, the Eagle has landed.” Even the Apollo symbol was an eagle. Does this mean 6,000 years from now people will wonder why we were landing birds on the moon?
As archeologists over the years have gone over the cuneiform tablets left by the Sumerians, they have found countless references to these Anunnaki—which in Sumerian means literally “those who from heaven to Earth came.” In these writings, they were described as beings who came from the sky, who had the power of flight, who taught them things, who gave them resources and information. As you might imagine, most of the tablets describing the Anunnaki were thrown into a big MYTH pile and basically left untouched to this day. What is truly stunning is how the Sumerian stories relating to the Anunnaki are similar to so many other “myths” we find in the study of other ancient cultures.
Finally, with regard to the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, something remarkable happened. The assistant curators of the museum found a set of tablets and began to decipher a very familiar story. On this ancient stone tablet was recorded a story about how a Sumerian man is chosen by god to build a great ship. He is instructed to take his family and animals and even plants onto the boat because there is going to be a great flood—and he must preserve their lives on his boat while everything on land is swept away. Sound familiar? This tablet was thousands of years older than any other biblical source of information. Clearly, they had found the original source for “Noah’s Ark.” A little bit later, I will discuss in more detail the true significance of the story of Noah’s Ark.
The curator ran out of the room with his hands in the air shouting, “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it!”
The Epic of Gilgamesh is widely known today. The first modern translation of the epic was published in the early 1870s by George Smith who found the tablet. More recent translations into English include one undertaken with the assistance of the American novelist John Gardner, and John Maier, published in 1984. In 2001, Benjamin Foster produced a reading in the Norton Critical Edition Series that fills in many of the blanks of the standard edition with previous material.
Scholars found many tablets that seem to parallel stories found in our modern biblical texts. But since Sumer is the oldest recorded civilization, did we find the original source of biblical information?
What really makes the Sumerian versions of these seemingly biblical stories different is the remarkable fact that they so often speak of these Anunnaki. It is clear that the Anunnaki are not another people like themselves—no, instead they are living gods to the Sumerians. They speak about how they came from heaven and live among them. Even though they live among them, there is still a sense of worship and an understanding that these Anunnaki are advanced.
The Sumerians left behind much more evidence of the Anunnaki than just the cuneiform tablets. They also took the trouble to produce a number of wall carvings depicting their interaction with these beings. They always drew the Anunnaki with wings on their backs, or coming down from heaven on a winged disk.
Of course, when British archeologists in the early 1900’s were uncovering all this information, they considered it mythology. But why is it that so many of the images and stories left behind by other ancient cultures across the globe share so many similar echoes?
All the tablets that talked about the distance of the planets or what the outer planets looked like in space did not make any sense at the time. We did not discover Pluto until 1930. So many of these tablets talking about their GODS or events taking places in the “Heavens” were thought of as myths, and put into a big pile and ignored for the most part by academia.
In the British museum alone, there are thousands of Sumerian tablets and only about one per cent of them have been translated up to this point. The tablets that haven been translated show that Sumerian knowledge was vast in many areas which modern science now confirms.
The area modern science has not yet been able to confirm is the stories they recorded about interaction with their living gods, the Anunnaki. The term Anunnaki simply means those who from heaven to Earth came. If you were to ask a Sumerian man, “How do you know all that you know?” he would respond “All we know, we were taught by the Anunnaki.”
Remarkably, the depictions of the Anunnaki left by the Sumerians show us that we look very much like them. According to the Atrahasis tablets—a series of 7 tablets recording the Sumerian’s creation stories—the Anunnaki told the Sumerian priests “we made you in our image and our likeness.” Now, this has obvious biblical echoes, clearly. We are all familiar with the Christian idea that God created all of humanity in his image.