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Tiamat

New - 16 December 2009


The Mother of All Family Trees

Generations 1 -- 4

Tiamat (Anunnaki)

God, gods and goddesses

As a matter of semantics, we should also call attention to the fact that the first chapter of The Book of Genesis and the first three verses of the second chapter refer to God... i.e., a Creator God, the creator of the heaven and the earth. This Creator God should not be confused with the “Lord God” who is first introduced in Genesis 2:4, and who essentially plays the heavy in the rest of the Old Testament. The latter, specifically the “Lord God” should NOT be assumed to be omnipotent (even when taking the all important, small blue pill), omniscience (on any subject, not just science), omnipresent (past or future), or basically... omni anything. The "Lord God" in the Bible is instead far more likely to be a lower case god, or more accurately a lord in the since of a landlord, or someone with a title that supposedly qualifies his spouse to be a lady. (The fact that the real estate in question may be in dire need of repair and some tender loving care... does not necessarily change the lay of the land... so to speak.)

The gods and goddesses we will be referring to herein are, in fact, only vaguely related to the Creator God (possibly as interesting results of random walk exercises on the latter's part), and instead, these lower case deities are more akin to mythological gods and goddesses. However, myth and legend are not necessarily fantasy or purely fictional. In fact, it must be emphasized that we will be assuming herein that all such, so-called mythological gods and goddesses are based on real historical individuals who for the most part are extraterrestrials, and who also, in comparison to human beings at least, have a really astounding technological bag of tricks. Furthermore, to some extent the gods and goddesses have a longer evolutionary chain whereby they may have developed some relatively impressive personal talents, abilities, and characteristics.

The assumption we're making here is essentially a confirmation of the Sumerian annals that describe their gods and goddesses... and the fact these “Anunnaki” (“those who from heaven to earth came”... or “fell”) are in reality not much more than an extended, occasionally dysfunctional family of extraterrestrials who generally liked to lord it over the earthlings.

A corollary to this assumption is that certain royal bloodlines and their associated DNA derive from these gods and goddesses, and are therefore fundamentally important in terms of what any of their descendants might hope to achieve in their lifetimes. These assumptions and others like them, are based upon an enormous library of facts, including initially the Sumerian annals of history in which extraterrestrials (aka guardians, watchers, Anunnaki, et al) have taken on the role of gods and goddesses in assuming power over a lesser, technologically (and perhaps otherwise) developed human race. In a nutshell, royal bloodlines are assumed a priori to have the blood of the extraterrestrial (ET) “lords” and “ladies”.

It might also be noted in passing that the first five books of the Bible were first committed to writing during the time when the Jews were being held captive in Babylon (c. 600 BCE). Quite possibly, the Torah was the result of certain, normally literate individuals having a bit more time on their hands than normal, and thus being able to fully plagiarize the Sumerian and Babylonian histories.

 

Generation No. 1 (Anunnaki)

1. The Sea, Tiamat, aka the Dragon Queen (and/or Mother Hubbur) [1]

Consorts:

Abzu
Kingu

Children of Tiamat and Abzu:

Kingu (Guardian of the Table of Destiny)
Mummu
Lahmu
Lahamu

On the one hand, Tiamat is the earliest mommy to whom anyone can trace their ancestry. On the other hand, she may be a mythological creature that is more fantasy than historical... or more symbolic than real (for example, the constant references to "The Sea", "The Primordial Chaos", and so forth). Curiously, the descriptions of Tiamat in either of these venues may still contribute to the overall picture of Generation No. 1’s most notorious character. Clearly, many viable and real interpretations can be had from mythological descriptions, and more mundane [sic] claims can be subject to spin and exaggeration.

Gateways to Babylon, in the first venue, assumes a viewpoint of Tiamat as someone you might assume to be, essentially, your average soccer mom, but one who after seeing Dad take it on the chin from the kids, turns against many of her children. (There was also, apparently, a problem with the kids being too noisy.) [The latter is a common problem among the Anunnaki... and curiously, should not be dismissed out of hand. It might actually be important.] The fact that such dysfunctionality exists in a family, may seem vaguely familiar, and thus suggests the possible reality of many so-called mythological claims.

Of course, to be fair, we should note that Gateways to Babylon does correctly suggest that what was happening was not so much a simple family squabble, but a shift in power from the matriarchy to the patriarchy (an accomplishment occuring many thousands of years ago. That is to say, what we have here is: "Tiamat, the Dragon Goddess of Chaos and Darkness, [being] battled by Marduk, God of Justice and Light. This might indicate the change from a matriarchal to a patriarchal system that obviously took place."

Another venue can be had from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [which in comparison to other sources has just astoundingly little, highly speculative imagination], and to which we will freely refer.

"In Babylonian mythology [which is derived from the Sumerian version], Tiamat is a goddess who personifies the sea. She is considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos..." [monstrous is a telling remark in that powerful females often come across as monstrous. See, for example, Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment, which I highly recommend.] "In the Enûma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation [but which is also based upon the older Sumerian version... with just a little bit of editing to make the Babylonian god Marduk look good], Tiamat gives birth to the first generation of deities. Tiamat was the "shining" personification of salt water who roared and smote in the chaos of original creation. She and Apsu filled the cosmic abyss with the primeval waters. She is 'Ummu-Hubur who formed all things'."

She is also occasionally called “Hubba-hubba”. (No kidding!)

On the other hand, do not hesitate to Google Tiamat, and check out some of the images her fans have generated, for example, (1), (2), (3), and perhaps a bit less dramatic, (4).

One might also wonder about the story/rhyme of Old Mother Hubbard, the possible inspiration of which goes back several centuries at least (c. 1591).

According to Wikipedia: In the myth recorded on cuneiform tablets, the deity Enki (aka Ea) believed correctly that Apsu, upset with the chaos that Tiamat and Apsu had created, was planning to murder the younger deities; and so Enki slew Apsu. [I did mention, didn't I, a tendency on the part of the Anunnaki to take matters into their own hands?] This angered Kingu, Apsu’s son, who reported the event to Tiamat, whereupon [despite the plea of self defense by the kids], she fashioned monsters to battle the deities in order to avenge Apsu's death. These were her own offspring: giant sea serpents, storm demons, fish-men, scorpion-men and many others. [And thus her title of “Dragon Queen”. Or alternatively, Republican Party Chairman.]

Tiamat possessed the Tablets of Destiny and in the primordial battle she gave them to Kingu, [her son and] the god she had chosen as her lover and the leader of her host. [Obviously, the Oedipus complex goes way, way back!] The deities gathered in terror, but Anu, first extracting a promise that he would be revered as "king of the gods", overcame her. True to legendary requirements, he was armed with the arrows of the winds, a net, a club, and an invincible spear. [You can now get the same stuff on any number of e-games.]

And the lord stood upon Tiamat's hinder parts,
And with his merciless club he smashed her skull.
He cut through the channels of her blood,
And he made the North wind bear it away into secret places.

[Now, there is a man with serious mother issues! But it gets worse.]

Slicing Tiamat in half, Anu made from her ribs the vault of heaven and earth. Her weeping eyes became the source of the Tigris and the Euphrates. With the approval of the elder deities, he took from Kingu the Tablets of Destiny, installing himself as the head of the Babylonian pantheon. Kingu was captured and later was slain: his red blood mixed with the red clay of the Earth that would make the body of humankind, created to act as the servant of the younger Igigi deities.

[There could be just a bit of overkill here. However, a common technique in relating myths as fantasies is to intentionally make them just as incredible (i.e., unbelieving) as possible, and thus attempt to ensure that no rational being would ever assume the myths to have any hint of reality. Thus Wikipedia’s entry above. On the other hand, if one looks closer and tries to discern actual evidence of what could be described as the creation of the earth, solar system, and so forth... one might discover some very interesting facts. Like, for example, the fact that the first chapter of Genesis follows the creation of the world in a manner which is chronologically and scientifically possible. Because of this, in addition to Wikipedia, we need other authors with an eye for detail and the concurrence of diverse accounts.]

For example, from Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings (page 35-36) -- to whom we will often turn for analysis and solid research into what is likely to have really happened -- we have:

Genesis 1:7 notes that God ‘divided the waters’, while in Psalm 74: 13-14, “God ‘didst divide the sea... and... breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.’ In this account, the dragon of the Tehom [Tiamat] is called the Leviathan (a Canaanite term), as it is also named in the book of Job 41:1. Elsewhere in the Old Testament, the formidable sea-dragon is called Rahab, as in Psalm 89:9-10: ‘Thous rulest the raging of the sea... Thous has broken Rahab into pieces’; and also in the book of Isaiah 51:9: ‘Awake... O arm of the Lord... Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon’.”

“It was a common theme in the writings of the Mesopotamians, Canaanites and Hebrews that the foremost accomplishment of their respective deities was the calming of the wild ocean deep.” “In the sixth century BC, when the Israelites were captives of Nebuchadnezzar, the Enûma Elish was a standard recitation at the New Year festivals in Babylon, as it had been for many centuries.” “There was no way that the old Creation epic could have escaped the attention of the Israelites, and they were clearly fascinated by the content. By that time, they were calling their God ‘Jehovah’, having dispensed with the Canaanite names El Elyon and El Shaddai...” “Thus was the biblical Genesis born, as the Israelite priests made their notes of record. There was, however, a distinct difference between the Babylonian epic and the resultant Genesis account, in that the former tells not only of the god Marduk, but of his being one of a pantheon of gods -- a group of deities who (in parallel Canaanite tradition) were the Elohim.

Alternatively, in Zechariah Sitchin’s, The Twelfth Planet, Sitchin begins by quoting from the Enûma Elish:

When in the heights Heaven had not been named,
And below, Earth had not been called;
Naught, but primordial APSU, their Begetter,
MUMMU, and TIAMAT -- she who bore them all;
Their waters were mingled together.

No reed had yet formed, no marshland had appeared.
None of the gods had yet been brought into being,
None bore a name, their destinies were underdetermined;
Then it was that gods were formed in their midst.

Based on evidence detailed in his paradigm-breaking book, Sitchin interprets the above as “the Creation of our solar system. In the expanse of space, the ‘gods’ -- the planets -- are yet to appear, to be named, to have their ‘destinies’ -- their orbits -- fixed. Only three bodies exist: ‘primordial AP.SU’ (‘one who exists from the beginning’), MUM.MU (‘one who was born’), and TIAMAT (‘maiden of life’). The ‘waters’ of Apsu and Tiamat were mingled, and the text makes it clear that it does not mean the waters in which reeds grow, but rather the primordial waters, the basic life-giving elements of the universe.”

In this context, Apsu is considered by Sitchin to be the Sun, while ‘nearest him’ is Mummu (Mercury). “Farther away was Tiamat. She was the ‘monster’ that Marduk later shattered -- the ‘missing planet’ [aka Asteroid Belt, et al]. But in primordial times she was the very first Virgin Mother of the first Divine Trinity. The space between her and Apsu was not void; it was filled with the primordial elements of Apsu and Tiamat. These waters ‘commingled’ and a pair of celestial gods -- planets [Mars and Venus] -- were formed in the space between Apsu and Tiamat.

Their waters were mingled together...
Gods were formed in their midst:
God LAHMU and god LAHAMU were brought forth;
By name they were called.

This was followed by ANSHAR and KISHAR (Saturn and Jupiter), and then Uranus (Anu) and Neptune (Ea/Enki), the latter begotten from Anu: “his equal and in his image”. The Babylonian version names it NUDIMMUD. Even Pluto is mentioned (GAGA), who is ANSHAR’s first born, and who is a bit of a roamer (eccentric orbit?).

The critical feature of the Enûma Elish, then is the destruction of Tiamat by Sitchin’s “twelfth planet” (who he names NIBIRU, aka Marduk). Allegedly, the oversized moon of Earth’s is thought to have been a part of Tiamat.

Brief Aside on the Subject of Dragons (e.g., Leviathan)

When it comes to Tiamat, we must also need address the issue of Dragons. The Anunnaki hierarchs Ninurta and Ningishzida, for example, were classified as “Great Dragons”. Tiamat, as the Dragon Queen (aka Leviathan) can be considered to be the precursor of Egypt’s Imperial and Royal Court of the Dragon. According to Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings (pages 123, 223, 377), the Dragon Court:

“provided a firm foundation for priestly pursuits associated with the teachings of Thoth, which had prevailed from the time of Nimrod’s grandson King Raneb, a pharaoh of the second dynasty.” “It was the obligation of the priests to prepare the exotic food for the light-bodies of the pharaohs, while ensuring the purity of a continuing bloodline which progressed through the Dragon Queens of the Grail Succession.

“As the generations passed, the ideal of kingship spread through the Mediterranean lands into the Balkans, Black Sea regions and Europe, but for the most part the crucial essence of the old wisdom was lost. This gave rise to dynasties that were not of the true kingly race -- usurping warriors who gained their thrones by the might of the sword [but who may have nonetheless married into the matriarchal line of succession -- for purposes of gaining legitimacy -- and thus spawned offspring who did in fact have the royal essence]. The sacred culture of the ancients was retained, however, in the Messianic line of King David of Judah (c. 1008 BC), whose significance was in his pharaonic heritage, not in his descent from Abraham and the Shemite strain. It was because of this particular Dragon inheritance that Solomon the wise, some eight centuries after Queen Sobeknefru was enabled to recreate the royal temple project in Jerusalem.” Curiously, Count Dracula, known to historians as Vlad III of Wallahia was quite simply, ‘son of Dracul’, and Dracul (Dragon) was a style by which his father was known. In essence Count Dracula was a descendant and protector of the knowledge of the very ancient Imperial and Royal Court of the Dragon. He was also, as they say, lambasted by history revisionists into a vampire.

It is noteworthy that “The Christian High Church hounded and persecuted the Sangreal (Holy Grail dynasty of the Messianic line from King David of Israel), and in so doing they were attempting to ‘slay the dragon’. This was a favorite theme of Christian mythology. There was, however, also another dragon -- a pseudo dragon -- and that was the purple dragon of Imperial Rome. This dragon is portrayed in the New Testament book of the Revelation (12:7-9) as the enemy of the Archangel Michael. Just as Emperor Constantine the Great usurped the early Christian faith in the fourth century, and molded it into a new hybrid state religion, so too had the earlier Emperors usurped the dragon of kingship as the emblem of their own Imperial standard. There is often, therefore, a conflict of identities, and in some literary romance it can be difficult to determine who is battling against whom.” [BTW, note the Red Dragon of the early Welsh, and which is still emblazoned on their national flag.]

From Wikipedia, Tiamat is also specifically identified as: “Leviathan, a Biblical sea creature referred to several times in the Old Testament. The word leviathan has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. For example, the term appears in five places in the Bible, with the Book of Job, chapter 41, being dedicated to describing Leviathan in detail:

1. Book of Job 3:8 "May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan "; [Apparently, an early understanding of 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.']
2. Book of Job 41: "Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? ... Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?" [Probably not, but do feel free to try. <grin>]
3. Psalms 74:14: "It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert." [A repeat of Marduk’s claim in the Enuma Elish.]
4. Psalms 104:24-26: "O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea. [Play? Hmmmm... is this another viewpoint?]
5. Isaiah 27:1: "In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea." [And now, playful Leviathan is twisted? Hmmm...]

In a legend recorded in the Midrash called Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer, it is stated that the fish which swallowed Jonah narrowly avoided being eaten by the Leviathan, which generally eats one whale each day [as opposed to an apple a day, and instead, to keep the Fish and Game Commission away]. In a hymn by Kalir, the Leviathan is a serpent that surrounds the earth and has its tail in its mouth, like the Greek Ouroboros and the Nordic Midgard Serpent. [Of course, if you’re not a whale, what is there to fear from a Leviathan?]

The Biblical references to Leviathan have similarities to the Canaanite Baal cycle, which involving a confrontation between Hadad (Baal) and a seven headed sea monster named Lotan. Lotan is the Ugaritic orthograph for Hebrew Leviathan. Hadad defeats him. Bibilical references also resemble the Babylonian creation epic Enûma Elish in which the storm god Marduk slays his grandmother, the sea monster and goddess of chaos and creation Tiamat and creates the earth and sky from the two halves of her corpse. [See, for example, Sitchin above.]

According to most ancient Jewish midrash, the Leviathan was created on the fifth day (Yalkut, Gen. 12). Originally God produced a male and a female leviathan, but lest in multiplying the species should destroy the world, He slew the female, reserving her flesh for the banquet that will be given to the righteous on the advent of the Messiah. [Sounds a bit patriarchal. There might also be some serious question about the condition of the millennia old fish being served, even after being preserved in some manner.]

But the best part, possibly, is the description of Leviathan. For example, “Once we went in a ship and saw a fish which put his head out of the water. He had horns upon which was written: 'I am one of the meanest creatures that inhabit the sea. I am three hundred miles in length, and enter this day into the jaws of the Leviathan'. When the Leviathan is hungry, he sends forth from his mouth a heat so great as to make all the waters of the deep boil, and if he would put his head into paradise no living creature could endure the odor of him. [So much for the righteous banquet!] His abode is the Mediterranean Sea; and the waters of the Jordan fall into his mouth. [Not to be picky, but the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, from which there is NO outlet, the Dead Sea being about 400 meters (1200 feet) below sea level.]

In the Talmud, the Leviathan is mentioned a number of times. One in particular is: “...here are twelve hours in a day. The first three hours God sits and learns the Torah, the second three hours he sits and judges the world. The third three hours God feeds the entire world... the fourth three hour period God plays with the Leviathan as it is written: "the Leviathan which you have created to play with".

The Christian interpretation of Leviathan is often considered to be a demon or natural monster associated with Satan or the Devil, and held by some to be the same monster as Rahab (Isaiah 51:9). On the other hand, some biblical scholars considered Leviathan to represent the pre-existent forces of chaos. A number of interpreters suggest that Leviathan is a symbol of mankind in opposition to God, claiming that it and beasts mentioned in the books of Daniel and Revelation should be interpreted as metaphors. The word Leviathan to the ancient Jews became synonymous with that which warred against God's kingdom. This especially included nations warring against Israel such as Assyria and Egypt. [So much for profound philosophy!] According to Canaanite myth, the Leviathan was an enemy of order in Creation and was slain by the Canaanite god Baal. [Of course, according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the universe itself is opposed to order and thus any isolated system in the universe tends toward disorder. In this somewhat profound sense, Leviathan is the inexorable arrow of time that breaks down the order of the universe/creation... while consciousness opposes this tendency by creating order. (One also wonders about the possible commonality between Leviathan and levitating... but not Levi.)]

Leviathan also appears in the Book of Enoch, giving the following description of this monster's origins there mentioned as being female, as opposed to the male Behemoth:

And that day will two monsters be parted, one monster, a female named Leviathan in order to dwell in the abyss of the ocean over the fountains of water; and (the other), a male called Behemoth, which holds his chest in an invisible desert whose name is Dundayin, east of the garden of Eden. - 1 Enoch 60:7-8

In the book of Job, both Behemoth and Leviathan are listed alongside a number of other animals that are clearly mundane, such as goats, eagles, and hawks, leading some Christian scholars to surmise that Behemoth and Leviathan may also be mundane creatures. Some propose Leviathan to be a Nile crocodile. Like the Leviathan, the Nile crocodile is aquatic, scaly, and possesses fierce teeth. Job 41:18 states that Leviathan's eyes "are like the eyelids of the morning". Others suggest that the Leviathan is an exaggerated account of a whale. In Job chapter 41 Leviathan is described as breathing fire like a dragon, and none of these suggested animals breathe fire or fit the details of other Bible passages mentioning Leviathan, such as in the book of Psalms, where it is described as having multiple heads ("Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces..." Psalm 74:14).

Some Young Earth Creationists have alleged that Leviathan was either a dinosaur, such as Parasaurolophus (despite being a herbivore and a non-aquatic animal), or a giant marine reptile, such as Kronosaurus (despite lacking armor and a serpentine body). Other Young Earth Creationists say that the giant crocodilian, Sarcosuchus, best fits the description in the Bible.

Meanwhile the ancient Chinese had a hard and fast rule that only those individual who were born in the year of the Dragon could become emperors. The really good news is that this author was born in the year of the Iron Dragon! Yea.

2. Abzu (Apsu) [1]

From Wikipedia: Abzu (apsû) is depicted as a deity in the Babylonian creation epic, the Enûma Elish, taken from the library of Assurbanipal (c. 630 BCE) but the story of which is a millennium older. In this story, he was a primal being made of fresh water and a lover to another primal deity, Tiamat, who was a creature of salt water. [or else the Sun]

Apsu (or Abzu, from Sumerian ab = water, zu = far) fathered upon Tiamat the Elder deities Lahmu and Lahamu (the "muddy"), a title given to the gatekeepers at the Enki Abzu temple in Eridu. Lahmu and Lahamu, in turn, were the parents of the axis or pivot of the heavens (Anshar, from an = heaven, shar = axle or pivot) and the earth (Kishar); Anshar and Kishar were considered to meet on the horizon, becoming thereby, the parents of Anu and Ki.

NOTE also that the abzu, from the Sumerian ab 'far' and zu 'water' was [also] the name for fresh water from underground aquifers that was given a religious quality in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. Lakes, springs, rivers, wells, and other sources of fresh water were thought to draw their water from the abzu.

The Sumerian god Enki (Ea in the Akkadian language) was believed to have lived in the abzu since before human beings were created. His wife Damgalnuna, his mother Nammu, his advisor Isimud and a variety of subservient creatures, such as the gatekeeper Lahmu, also lived in the abzu. In the city Eridu, Enki's temple was known as the house of the cosmic waters, and was located at the edge of a swamp, an abzu. Certain tanks of holy water in Babylonian and Assyrian temple courtyards were also called abzu (apsû). Typical in religious washing, these tanks were similar to the washing pools of Islamic mosques, or the baptismal font in Christian churches.]

 

Figure 1. The Anunnaki Family Tree

(Based on Gardner’s and Wolkstein/Kramer's description)


[In general, the senior or primary "Blue Blood" Bloodline is shown in blue; the junior 'Red Blood" Bloodline is shown in red; the matriarchal lineages/reconnections are shown in magenta, and other relevant bloodlines are shown in brown and/or black. Males are generally written in bold, while Females are written in bold italic.]

Tiamat Family Tree

Generation No. 2 (Anunnaki)

1. Lahmu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

From Wikipedia: Lahmu (also romanized Lakhmu) is a deity from Akkadian mythology, first-born son of Apsu and Tiamat. He and his sister Lahamu were the parents of Anshar and Kishar, the sky father and earth mother, who begat the first gods. Lahmu was sometimes depicted as a snake, and sometimes as a bearded man with a red sash and six curls on his head. In Sumerian times Lahmu meant "the muddy one" and it was a title given to the gatekeeper of the Abzu temple of Enki at Eridu. In the latter form, he is called Lahmu the Hairy. He and Lahamu (his sister/wife) are never mentioned separately. [Except, maybe here.]

Symbolically, Lahmu referred to the silt islands that appeared where the Fresh water (Abzu) met the Salt water (Tiamat) of the Persian Gulf. Some scholars have speculated that the name of Bethlehem actually originally contained a reference to a Canaanite form of Lahmu, rather than to the Canaanite word for "bread".

 

2. Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

From Wikipedia: Lahamu was the first-born daughter of Tiamat and Apsu in Akkadian mythology. With her brother Lahmu she is the mother of Anshar and Kishar, who were in turn parents of the first gods. Lahamu is sometimes seen as a serpent, and sometimes as a woman with a red sash and six curls on her head. It is suggested that the pair were represented by the silt of the sea-bed.

[The snake/serpent connection with Lahmu and Lahamu may suggest an acknowledgement to an age more occasioned by reptiles... including very specifically, dragons and dragon queens!]

Children of Lahmu and Lahamu:

Anshar
Kishar

 

Generation No. 3 (Anunnaki)

1. Anshar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

From Wikipedia: In Akkadian mythology, Anshar (also spelled Anshur), which means "sky pivot" or "sky axle", is a sky god. He is the husband of his sister Kishar. They might both represent heaven (an) and earth (ki). Both are the second generation of gods; their parents being the serpents Lahmu and Lahamu and grandparents Tiamat and Apsu. In their turn they are the parents of Anu another sky god. During the reign of Sargon II, Assyrians started to identify Anshar with their Assur in order to let him star in their version of Enûma Elish. In this mythology Anshar's spouse was Ninlil. [A quick glance at the Anunnaki Family Tree will reveal the name of Enlil's spouse as Ninlil, as well. They may in fact be the same. Inter-generational affairs are almost as common as sibling marriages.]

 

2. Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Children of Anshar and Kishar:

Antu (Autum) Great Mother of the Sky (Nammu)
Anu (An) Great Father of the Sky (Anum)
Ki (Urash) Earth Mother

From Wikipedia: In the Akkadian epic Enûma Elish, Kishar is the daughter of Lahmu and Lahamu, the first children of Tiamat and Apsu. She is the female principle, sister and wife of Anshar, the male principle, and the mother of Anu. Kishar represents the earth as a counterpart to Anshar, the sky, and can be seen as an earth mother goddess. Kishar appears only once in Enûma Elish, in the opening lines of the epic, and then disappears from the remainder of the action.

 

Generation No. 4 (Anunnaki)

1. Anu of planet Nibiru. Great Father of the Sky (also God of Heaven) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

married

Antu (Great Mother of the Sky, aka Nammu)
Ki (Earth Mother, aka Urash)

Children of Anu:

By Antu: EN.KI. (“Lord of Earth and Waters” from the Sumerian)
By Ki: NIN-KHURSAG (“Lady of the Mountain” from the Sumerian)
By Ki: EN.LIL (“Lord of the Air and the Command” from the Sumerian)

From Wikipedia: In Sumerian mythology and later for Assyrians and Babylonians, Anu [also An; (from Sumerian *An = sky, heaven)] was a sky-god, the god of heaven, lord of constellations, king of gods, spirits and demons, and dwelt in the highest heavenly regions. It was believed he had the power to judge those who had committed crimes, and that he had created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked. [The god had just a touch of ego.] His attribute was the royal tiara, most times decorated with two pairs of bull horns. [This horny representation has a lot of history... including everything from the goddess, Hathor of ancient Egypt to the horns of the Kudu antelope traditionally used or mimicked in Judaism.]

Anu was one of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon, and part of a triad including Enlil, god of the sky and Enki, god of water. By virtue of being the first figure in a triad consisting of Anu, Enlil, and Ea, Anu came to be regarded as the father and at first, king of the gods. Anu is prominently associated with the Eanna temple in the city of Uruk (biblical Erech) in southern Babylonia. The goddess Inanna (or Ishtar) of Uruk may at one time have been his consort. [At the very least, she was the "beloved of Anu" -- you can interpret that any way you like.]

[Anu became supreme head of the planet, Nibiru (reputed to be the 10th planet of the Solar System, but with an extremely eccentric orbit -- and a “year” of approximately 3,600 earth years), by overthrowing Alalu. The latter in escaping from Anu, discovered the earth and its potential resources. The rest is history... so to speak.]

The Anunnaki

The designation, Anunnaki, can be literally [or liberally] translated as “Those who from heaven to earth came”. (Anu = heaven; ki = earth) The term applies to all of the Sumerian “gods and goddesses” (as well as those other civilizations over which the Sumerian ruled, albeit with different names. For example, Inanna = Ishtar = Isis = Athena/Aphrodite/Artemis).

According to Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings [page 63; 67’ 72-73], “there were said to be 600 Anunnaki of the Netherworld and 300 of the Heavens.” “The Anunnaki, as recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh, also apparently decreed the Flood, naming in particular Anu and Enlil, along with their counselors Ninurta and Enuggi... Very importantly:

The office of kingship was perceived as being divine and of Anunnaki origin.” As one scholar noted: “There can be no question in Mesopotamia of kings who differ necessarily and in essence from other men, and the precise implications of the determinative remain problematical.” [Emphasis added]

This is really the name of the game here. The kingship and its royal line contains an essence different from commoners.

As it turns out, Adam and Eve were created by combining the genetics of the Anunnaki (more accurately those of Enki) with that of the local population of early humans. Note that these "early humans" were wandering about the planet prior to Adam and/or Eve.

Also, very importantly, Adam was intended to be the king, and due to his (allegedly) vastly superior and improved DNA, was divinely and practically superior to all of the other humans. This is ultimately the basis and in all respects, the reason for the otherwise irrational obsession with bloodlines, aristocracies, and the intentional avoidance of marrying outside one’s class. As stated in the quote above: "kings differ necessarily and in essence from other men."

The kings were in fact divine... i.e., blue bloods with Anunnaki DNA... while all the red-blooded types were the working class with the genetic heritage of early humans only... or sometimes a smattering of blue blood genes gone temporarily astray. This explains why marrying within the royal family was so incredibly important for legitimacy of any king, however the king gained his throne Such marriage(s) allowed his children to obtain the right genetic makeup. And because one could never really be sure of which man conceived which offspring, but fairly certain if a particular woman had given birth to a particular child -- this factor became the reason the matriarchal line of succession was so vastly superior to the patriarchal line of succession in terms of deeming who was of the pure, royal blood (e.g., the Sangrael). In fact, in order for a king to be legitimized (no matter his genetic and genealogical credentials), inevitably he had to marry the right queen. In this respect, kings could be said to have “married up” (in terms of the hierarchy). Otherwise no one could be certain of his descendants’ birthrights... and thus potentially said king (no matter how he got there) would no longer be ruling by divine right.

Note also that “before the introduction of kingship by the Anunnaki, it was recorded that:

They had not yet set up a king for the beclouded people [aka "early humans"]. No headband and crown had been fastened; no sceptre had been studded with lapis lazuli... Sceptre, crown, headband and staff were [still] placed before Anu in heaven... There was no counseling of its people; then kingship descended from heaven.” [emphasis added]

Again, a fundamental premise in these genealogies is: The distinction between the Descendants of Eve (and to a lesser extent, Adam), as well as from Enki, the Anunnaki, and the gods and goddesses... and those descendants of the “beclouded people” (i.e., those without the Anunnaki bloodline)... is incredibly important. In fact, one can say that the description of “beclouded” is just about as appropriate as can otherwise be imagined.

More on the Adam/Eve royal status is provided below in The Adam’s Family (MOAFT).

In the interim, the suggestion of the Anunnaki being somehow fully enlightened beings is probably a bit of a stretch. They may be light years ahead of the “beclouded people”, but even perhaps more than a few of the latter may be able to detect some truly dysfunctional characteristics among their overlords. For example, “a longstanding puzzle which has loomed in the face of all biblical researchers is God’s distinctly split personality. One minute he is the gentle shepherd calling his loyal sheep -- emphasis on the word, sheep -- to his side; the next minute he is launching fire and brimstone upon his own supporters.

Gardner (pages 85-86) notes, for example, in the book of Isaiah (45:7) God is quoted as saying, ‘I create evil,’ and in Amos (3:6) it is asked, ‘Shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it?’

[In the re-interpreted modern versions of the Bible, Isaiah 45:7 is transformed to God saying: ‘I create light and I create darkness’. Clearly light and dark can be interpreted as good and evil, but can also be -- in true revisionism -- be thought of as just day and night. Clearly, some modern day interpreters were uncomfortable with Isaiah 45:7.]

For these and other scholars, “None of this has ever made any sense -- but it makes all the sense in the world if Jehovah (Enlil/Ea) is removed from the constraints of religious dogma and placed in his proper historical context as one of a pantheon of Anunnaki who had their ups and downs, their own political disagreements, made their own misjudgments and perpetrated their own wrongdoings. In the original Sumerian tradition, the Anunnaki were just as fallible as ordinary [“beclouded’] human beings, and in the Canaanite tradition the Elohim were equally so.” As a one-time Jesuit and scholar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem has said, “much of what the Bible says about God... is rarely preached from the pulpit because, examined too closely, it becomes a scandal.” [ibid, pages 85-86]

Symbolism versus Real

The descriptions of Tiamat, and the next two generations strongly suggest a more symbolic nature of these ancestors... while by the time of Anu and his offspring, the stories are suddenly much more believable... and/or potentially real. Certain specific characteristics and motives may be described in the myths as those of Tiamat, et al, but it is only when one reaches the level of Anu does one recognize the activities and stories of real, living, flesh and blood creatures... or previously living in some cases.

It may not make an enormous amount of difference how we view Tiamat or, say, Kishar -- as real or simply a mythological. Kishar, for example, often associated with the planet Saturn may have created life on earth via some sort of seed dissemination from Iapetus. The latter is decidedly speculative, but it may illustrate in myth format the seeds of truth [pardon the pun] on just exactly what happened at various times in the geological record of earth. Perhaps the Cambrian Explosion, for example, was initiated by an extra-terrestrial source. Everything is thus a bit of symbolism... and the names and characters of the main actors may contain a bit of fantasy.

Anu, et al, on the other hand, have all the earmarks of being quite real. We will accordingly make the assumption herein that at least from Anu on down, the gods and goddesses are very real indeed. Not to take anything away from Tiamat, but the consistent references to the sea... does appear to acknowledge the sea as the birthplace of life. Where else but the ocean/sea would one find a medium to create beings who are primarily water... where relationships can foster all sorts of new life, where singles bars can proliferate, where he or she can meet she or he, and where deadbeat dads can slip into the oblivion of the deeper and more foreboding depths? Anu, on the other hand, is just a guy wielding a big 'invincible spear".

 

Introduction (MOAFT)

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Enki and Nin-khursag

 

 

               

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