Zecharia Sitchin and The Giants Upon The Earth

For over thirty years Zecharia Sitchin has been trying to legitimize his theory the early Sumerian culture’s mythology are the real-life stories about human origins and the beings that were instrumental in our creation.

Now Sitchin has a new work that has a new proposition, perform modern DNA testing on a long dead Sumerian queen:

[...]I have been asked at times where my interests would have taken me were the teacher to compliment rather than reprimand me. In truth, I have asked myself a different question: What if indeed “there were giants upon the Earth, in those days and thereafter too“? The cultural, scientific, and religious implications are awesome; they lead to the next unavoidable questions: Why did the compilers of the Hebrew Bible, which is totally devoted to monotheism, include the bombshell verses in the prehistoric record — and what were their sources?

I believe that I have found the answer. Deciphering the enigma of the demigods (the famed Gilgamesh among them), I conclude in this book — my crowning oeuvre — that compelling physical evidence for past alien presence on Earth has been buried in an ancient tomb. It is a tale that has immense implications for our genetic origins — a key to unlocking the secrets of health, longevity, life, and death; it is a mystery whose unraveling will take the reader on a unique adventure and finally reveal what was held back from Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Sumer: Where Civilization Began

Sumer, it is now known, was the land of a talented and dexterous people in what is now southern Iraq. Usually depicted in artful statues and statuettes in a devotional stance (Fig. 28), it was the Sumerians who were the first ones to record and describe past events and tell the tales of their gods. It was there, in the fertile plain watered by the great Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, that Mankind’s first known civilization blossomed out some 6,000 years ago — “suddenly,” “unexpectedly,” “with stunning abruptness,” according to all scholars. It was a civilization to which we owe, to this day, virtually every ‘First’ of what we deem essential to an advanced civilization: The wheel and wheeled transportation; the brick that made (and still makes) possible high-rise buildings; furnaces and the kiln that are essential to industries from baking to metallurgy; astronomy and mathematics; cities and urban societies; kingship and laws; temples and priesthoods; timekeeping, a calendar, festivals; from beer to culinary recipes, from art to music and musical instruments; and, above all, writing and record keeping-it was all first there, in Sumer.

Figure 28

Figure 28

We now know all that thanks to the achievements of archaeology and the decipherment of ancient languages during the past century and a half. The long and arduous road by which ancient Sumer moved from complete obscurity to an awed appreciation of its grandeur has a number of milestones bearing the names of scholars who had made the journey possible. Some, who toiled at the varied sites, will be mentioned by us. Others, who pieced together and classified fragmented artifacts during a century and a half of Mesopotamian archaeology, are too many to be listed.

And then there were the epigraphers — sometimes out in the field, most of the time poring over tablets in crammed museum or university quarters — whose persistence, devotion, and abilities converted pieces of clay incised with odd ‘cuneates’ into legible historical, cultural and literary treasures. Their work was crucial, for while the usual pattern of archaeological and ethnographic discovery has been to find a people’s remains and then decipher their written records (if they had them), in the case of the Sumerians recognition of their language — even its decipherment — preceded the discovery of their land, Sumer (the common English spelling, rather than Shumer). And it was not because the language, ‘Sumerian’, preceded its people; on the contrary — it was because the language and its script lingered on after Sumer was long gone — just as Latin and its script had outlived the Roman empire thousands of years later.

The philological recognition of Sumerian began, as we have illustrated, not through the discovery of the Sumerians’ own tablets, but through the varied use, in Akkadian texts, of ‘loan words’ that were not Akkadian; the naming of gods and cities by names that made no sense in Assyrian or Babylonian; and of course by actual statements (as that by Ashurbanipal) about the existence of earlier writings in ‘Shumerian’. His statement was borne out by the discovery of tablets that rendered the same text in two languages, one Akkadian and the other in the mysterious language; then the next two lines were in Akkadian and in the other language, and so on (the scholarly term for such bilingual texts is ‘interlinears’).

It was in 1850 that Edward Hincks, a student of Rawlinson’s Behistun decipherments, suggested in a scholarly essay that an Akkadian ‘syllabary’ — the collection of some 350 cuneiform signs each representing a full consonant + vowel syllable-must have evolved from a prior non-Akkadian set of syllabic signs. The idea (which was not readily accepted) was finally borne out when some of the clay tablets in the Akkadian-language libraries turned out to be bilingual ‘syllabarial’ dictionaries — lists that on one side of the tablet gave a cuneiform sign in the unknown language, and a matching list on the other side in Akkadian (with the signs’ pronunciation and meaning added, Fig. 29). All at once, archaeology obtained a dictionary of an unknown language! In addition to tablets inscribed as a kind of dictionaries, the so-called Syllabaries, various other bi-lingual tablets served as invaluable tools in deciphering the Sumerian writing and language.

Figure 29[...]

Zecharia’s proposal to have a Sumerian queen DNA tested is funded by his own money. He has much to lose if his theory falls flat.

But the man’s 90 years old and he’s entitled to prove his theories on his own dime.

Whether he’s right or not is inconsequential in the long run. Sumerian history is just as rich and influential as Egyptian history is, in fact, it’s older!

There Were Giants Upon the Earth

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7 responses

  1. The Highwayman | Reply

    I believe that the Epic and the “Kings List” are very revealing of a time before a world-wide catastrophe, and though I don’t agree with the exaggerated life spans and reigns, they could nonetheless be the distant memory of those long-deceased “men of renown” preserved as testimony to the truth of scripture. The remnants of a once great though evil civilization that eventually met it’s demise at the hands of an angry God.

    We take a lot of things on faith in this life, even the so-called scientific ‘fact’ that we learn about in high school, the history, etc. Having no real way to verify even a minute amount of the information that we take in on any given day, what choice is there but to simply believe what’s touted and in the ones that are touting it? Add to that a certain natural bias that we might have, this makes things even more subjective and prone to ‘faith’. Secularism has it’s own peculiar brand of faith, as my dealings with it’s priests have repeatedly shown. Logic goes out the window when certain cherished beliefs are challenged, just like with any religious dogma.

    How does one prove anything of such magnitude in a world not disposed toward the learning of such things? Well, the short answer is that there is no way. This is because that there are certain things that the elite of this world are not willing that you should know, and this naturally relegates such matters to the realm of faith. In fact, I see faith as a superior form of logic, like algebra is to standard mathematics. Without faith it is impossible to understand certain things, and one will not live long enough to encounter all of the evidence that they will need to ‘prove’ many things, especially with all of the opposition that there is against it out there.

    I’m a realist, maybe the hardest one that you’ll ever meet. I don’t like mystery, and can live very well without it. I do sense and appreciate a certain romanticism in many of the ideas and beliefs in the esoteric and scientific realm, however, I prefer fact over conjecture, and I believe that we’re spending far too much time speculating over things that really don’t require it. True, patience is not one of my virtues, nevertheless there is a growing recognition of the fact that we are being held in subjection to the whims and beliefs of a self-proclaimed elite who are definitely not interested in allowing us to have any form of knowledge that might tend to liberate us from our servitude to them. I do not like being a slave and resent being held there alongside those who will not help themselves.

    Life as a slave in the New World does not blow my skirt up, Marine!
    ;-)

    1. I had a feeling this post would draw you out of the truck cab HW, especially when it comes to Biblical alliterations! ;)

      When it comes to Sitchin, or ancient astronaut theorists like Von Daniken et al, some nerve is struck in certain folks like sticking a fork into a lose molar filling. They just can’t cotton to the possibility that human beings could be someone else’s property, as Charles Fort would say.

      I can’t say with any certainty the above statement, or what Sitchin and Von Daniken hypothesize is true, I simply don’t have the faith, but it can’t hurt anything if Sitchin pays for this DNA test on this ancient queen using his own money, is there?

      If it’s so certain he’s wrong, why not let him do it? What are people afraid of?

      That he could be right?

  2. Even if the data comes back disproving Sitchin’s theory, it probably won’t sway the multitude of Sitchinites who have completely subscribed to the Annunaki/Nibiru belief.

  3. And here I am subscribing to comments.

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