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The Royal Line of Cain

New - 18 December 2009

The Mother of All Family Trees

Generations 8 - 12

The Royal Line of Cain

One of the problems of constructing genealogical charts is the proliferation of spreading branches as one progresses into the older generations. In other words, building up a family tree from the bottom up -- often the only way for those without the pedigree that their ancestors constantly wore -- is that each earlier generation will have roughly twice the number of noteworthy characters. For example, one might have only two parents, but one is also likely to have four grandparents, eight great grandparents, and... by this logic... two to the power of the number of generations one is investigating. Obviously, however, two to the power of oh say... 150... is not a number that exists (because of its immense size). It's also a bear for anyone trying to chart the process on a single piece of paper. (Trust me on this one!) In either case, clearly there is something wrong here. The population of the royal folk simply don't amount to 2 to most any higher power.

Simultaneously there is also the problem of spreading roots as one progresses into the younger generations -- same inescapable numbers, albeit in this case, the number of children in any given generation can range from one (else there would be NO descendants) to as many as 18 (yes, there is a specific example coming up) to many, many more (in the case of kings with progeny in the hundreds). Still, even here the numbers can be daunting.

Unless, of course, there are intramarriages rampant among the ancestors... such that instead of having eight great grandparents, one only has five, because several of them married each other. And in fact, the good news for the royalty crowd is that their intense program of intramarriage among sisters, brothers, half-siblings, nieces, grandchildren, uncles and aunts, pets, and so forth... keeps the ancestral crowd at the top enormously more manageable (and chartable upon tables... such as Figure 1 below... particularly the line from Kalimath and Seth -- Men are in bold, women in bold italic).

That's one problem solved. Still, with royal succession being so important, we often encounter the second problem of genealogical construction: that of having to occasionally follow more than one line of descent. There is, in effect, more than one way to begat a future generation of kings and queens. The first example of this is the need to trace the different lines of Cain and his half-brother, Seth. There are undoubtedly a host of other lines of descent as well... all happily begatting along in rough parallel... but these we will have to forego to some degree (if only for a lack of direct evidence of assumed inheritances).

For the moment, we will follow the Cain line of descent (as is protocol for the senior line of royal descent). Seth, we will endeavor to follow, a bit later. Figure 1 shows both... in rough parallel. One might also note that Figure 1 is comparatively simple... being without multiple crossovers and marriages between lines. Enjoy the moment, inasmuch as it will be getting a bit more complicated... very quickly. <grin>)


Figure 1: The Royal lines of Descent from Cain and Seth

Cain and Seth


Generation No. 8

1. Enoch (Henokh) [8] Cain (=Luluwa-Lilith) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Anu and Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Note: The above description of Enoch’s heritage is standard genealogical practice when attempting to trace the route from one specific individual to another one. But in those cases where there are numerous individuals of note in the intervening generations, it is sometimes profitable to recognize alternative lines of descent. In Enoch’s case, for example, there is the following, alternate route from Tiamat to Enoch, with other notable descendants being highlighted:

Enoch (Henokh) [10] Luluwa-Lilith (=Cain) [9] Enki and Lilith [8] Nergal and Ereshkigal [7] Nanna [6] Enlil [5] Anu and Ki [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Obviously, Enki shows up in both of the variations... not only by virtue of his being prominent in each of the two royal lines, but also by his being one of the last two Anunnaki to impart his genetic heritage to the Homo sapiens who follow him (at least for the moment). The other Anunnaki is Lilith, who contributes to Luluwa’s/Enoch’s and Seth’s/Enos’ line). A curious feature of this fact is that Enki and Lilith are easily the most notorious of the Anunnaki in terms of being sexually prolific, independent, and authority questioners at the drop of a crown. One might wonder if these are the genetic characteristics that their descendants relish and enjoy on a daily basis

Also, Figure 1 above lays out three important lines of royal descent (but only two of which will be followed in any great detail). The line from Cain and Luluwa to Etana and his descendants are the basis of the Kings of Kish. This is the first Mesopotamian kingdom following the Flood, but likely contributes genetically to the other kingdoms (from Ur to Uruk, to Lagash, and so forth). While there are definitive Sumerian King Lists, the genetic structure is in general wholly clear... especially when the various city states create their own kingdoms, and thus they may be including genetically different royalty. (See also, Etana, below.)

In the end, however, as is alluded to in the Figure 2. Sumerians King List (following the notes on Etana), the various kingdoms of Sumerian (and pre-Babylonian) do maintain royal lines, and importantly are destined to contribute genetically to the Cain and Seth ultimate lines, the ones leading inevitably to King David. Note, for example, Lamech’s designation as “King of Ur”.

Of the second royal line, the one from Cain and Luluwa’s son, Enoch, much of our knowledge comes from sources other than the Bible. For example: “The Lord had punished Cain by condemning him to wander the earth, but when the curse of the Lord was lifted, Cain was allowed to build a city, which he also called Enoch, after his son. (Jasher 1:34-36)”

According to Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings, "Enoch, son of Cain, after whom Cain named the first city he founded, is not the same as Enoch, son of Jared (Genesis 5:18). The second Enoch in the Book of Jasher was a descendant of the first, and descended from Seth as well as from Cain. (Jasher 2:37) This later Enoch was the father of Methuselah, and was reputed to be so wise that a hundred and thirty kings and princes 'required of Enoch that he reign over them, to which he consented.' (Jasher 3:9) The Harvard Book of Jasher relates that the year Adam died, Enoch decided to live apart from other people. He appeared once a week, then once a month, then once a year, teaching his subjects about the ways of God. When it came time for his ascension into Heaven, he did not die.

"Instead, a horse descended from Heaven, paced in the air, and for seven days Enoch rode the horse. On the seventh day, Enoch and the horse were taken up into heaven in a whirlwind, with other horses and chariots of fire. (Jasher 3:17-36) Enoch inherited the garments of skin that God had made for Adam and Eve when they were banished from Eden. Before he was taken up to heaven, he gave the skin garments to his son, Methuselah, who in turn gave them to Methuselah's grandson, Noah, so that they would be kept safe from the flood.(Jasher 7:25)."

The apparently dual nature of Enoch, appearing in both the Cain and Seth lines (as just mentioned by Gardner) points also to the fact that many of the Cain line descendants have equivalent names to the Seth line (see Figure 1). Because of this, many scholars (including those from Hebrew University... who might have something of a vested interest in the subject) have begun to suspect that the Seth line as given in the Bible is quite possibly fictitious... or at least partially. This fictional nature includes assigning to Noah the bit about the Great Flood... which by our reckoning occurred before the time of Adam. The implication is that the story of the Flood was added to the story of Noah, with Noah playing the part of the Sumerian Ziasudra. Inasmuch as there is such an enormous amount of intramarriages of brothers, sisters, and so forth, the Enoch and Enos lines of descent may be even more conjoined than generally assumed. In fact, the reason for a separate Seth line may simply be an attempt by the authors to insert some distance from their hero, Seth, and a Cain who had raised cain by murdering his brother Abel. Stranger things have indeed happened when it comes to pleasing or attempting to please a very angry, dysfunctional god.


2. Etana (King of Kish) [8] Cain (=Luluwa-Lilith) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Anu and Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Etana is not part of the particular line of descent we will be following in these annals. However, he may very well be a direct ancient ancestor via the Kings of Kish and the other City-States of Sumer (Ur, Uruk, Akkad, et al). It is important to note that the earliest Kingships moved from city to city, alluded to already in the listing of the Antediluvian Kings of Sumer (Figure 1 of The Adam's Family). And while, the transfer of kingship from one City-State to another was likely accompanied by various forms of warfare, conquest, and so forth, the fact remains that the consolidation of new power in any particular city was almost always accompanied by inter-City marriages in order to legitimize the new king.

Furthermore, and very importantly, in this particular line of descendants, even if they failed to provide us the records that recorded just who begat who, we can assume that the descendants of Cain included those shown in Figure 2. Accordingly, we will be returning to this particular branch of the family, when we discuss the reconnection of the Etana line of descent with that of the Seth line (the sixth generation following Noah). (Note: the 1st Dynasty of Uruk followed the 1st Dynasty of Kish, which included in order: Etana, Balih, En-men-nunna, Melam-kish, and Bar-sal-nunna.


Figure 2. Sumerian King List (partial)


We will return to this Figure 2 in roughly the 21st generation (Seth line). For the moment, we will concentrate upon only the titular head of the Sumerian Kings: Etana (Atun).

According to Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings (pages 132-133), "Cain's wife was Luluwa-Lilith, the daughter of Lilith of the Netherworld, heiress to the matriarchal Malku (the Kingship of the Kingdom) [and the origin of the Malkuth (Kingdom) found in the Qabalistic Tree of Life]. She was of pure-bred Anunnaki stock and their sons [Cain and Luluwa's]... were Atun and Henokh. As a result, their Anunnaki blood was further heightened. Atun succeeded his father as king in Kish (c. 3,500 BCE). He is detailed in the Sumerian annals as King Etana, the shepherd who descended to Heaven and partook of the 'Plant of Birth' in order to father his own son and heir King Balih. The other son, Henokh, is better known to us from the Bible as Enoch.

"The Plant of Birth was synonymous with the Tree of Life... which was directly associated with longevity and the office of kingship. It was also related to Star Fire and pineal-gland activity. Thus partaking of the Plant of Birth was the equivalent to taking the extract of Star Fire." "This was the potent Star Fire of Heaven, the pure Anunnaki female essence, the 'nectar of supreme excellence' called the Gra-al (later the Graal or Grail). In this regard, the goddess was held to be the 'cup-bearer', the transmitter of the power of the Anunnaki. She was also called the 'Rose of Sharon' (from sha, meaning 'orbit' and from On relating to the Light -- or in Egypt to the Heliopolis temple-city of Annu and Ra, called the 'House of the Sun' (hence, Sha-Ra-On)." "The flower (flow-er) was identified as a lily and these two descriptions come together in the Bible's highly esoteric Song of Solomon, wherein the Messianic bride states, 'I am the Rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.'"

It should also become clear that the highly esoteric Jewish Qabala (Kabbalah) and all of its derivatives derived themselves from the earliest Sumerian teachings and royal families. The fact that the 'lowest' earth-bound state of the Malkuth appears to be appropriate for the King of Sumerian Kings... hints at the far greater levels in the Tree of Life. We've only just begun, baby!


Generation No. 9

Irad (Yarad/Jarad) [9] Enoch (=Edna?) [8] Cain (=Luluwa) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Anu and Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Irad was the son of Enoch in the biblical account of the descendants of Cain (Genesis 4:18). He is mentioned also in relation to Seth’s descendant, Jared. (This is shown in Figure 1... as well as the similar use of names in the two competing royal lines!)


Generation No. 10

Mehujael [10] Irad (=Baraka?) [9] Enoch (=Edna?) [8] Cain (=Luluwa) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Anu and Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Mehujael was a descendant of Cain, the son of Irad and the father of Methusael (Genesis 4:18).


Generation No. 11

Methusael [11] Mehujael (=?) [10] Irad (=Baraka?) [9] Enoch (=Edna?) [8] Cain (=Luluwa) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Anu and Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu and Lahamu [2] Tiamat and Absu [1]

Methusael was a descendant of Cain, the son of Mehujael and father of Lamech (Genesis 4:18).


Generation No. 12

Lamech (Amalek, AKALEM-DUG) [12] Methusael (=Edna?) [11] Mehujael (=?) [10] Irad (=Baraka?) [9] Enoch (=Edna?) [8] Cain (=Luluwa) [7] Enki and Eve [6] Enki and Nin-khursag [5] Anu and Antu (OR Ki) [4] Anshar and Kishar [3] Lahmu / Lahamu [2] Tiamat / Absu [1]


1) Adah (Ada)
2) Zillah (Tselah)


by Adah

Yohal (Jubal)
Jabel, Patriarch of Assyrian Khorsahad kings

by Zillah

Tubal-Cain, King of Ur (Mes-Kalam-dug)
Na'amah, a daughter (who may have married Noah)

[Note, parenthetically, the Jubal, Jabel, Tubal game of musical thrones... or whatever. These Sumerians really knew how to have fun with names.]

Lamech, King of Ur, was the name of two men in the genealogies of Adam in the Book of Genesis. One is the sixth generation descendant of Cain (Genesis 4:18); his father was named Methusael and he was responsible for the "Song of the Sword." He is also noted as the first polygamist mentioned in the Bible, taking two wives, Ada and Tselah. ["Mentioned in the Bible" as opposed to most everyone getting it on with most everyone else in accordance with the Anunnaki family traditions.]

The “other” Lamech is allegedly an eighth generation descendant of Seth (Genesis 5:25), the latter also the son of Methuselah, grandson of a second “Enoch”, and was, in this “Seth assumption”, the father of Noah (Genesis 5:29).

However... it would appear much more likely that Lamech was Noah’s father-in-law (instead of his father), the in-law bit being accomplished by Noah’s marriage to Na'amah. In fact, because of the similarities between the two lines, some critical scholarship regards both Lamechs as one and the same individual. Many more conservative scholars see no reason to confuse the two. One tradition specifically indicates that Na'amah, the daughter of Tselah and Lamech, son of Methushael, was the wife of Noah, the son of the other Lamech (son of Methuselah). [Obviously, in whichever case one follows... Incest is best.]

Sandwiched between two genealogical lines, the Biblical passage describing Lamech, son of Methushael, descendant of Cain and his children is fairly substantive:

"Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah."

Translating the names as well, it is possible (iaw Wikipedia) to read the text of the story of Lamech as:

God's servant took two wives, light and darkness. The light brought forth the shepherd, who was the father of tent-dwellers, and herdsmen, and his brother was the musician, who was the father of harpists and pipers. But the darkness brought forth the blacksmith, the forger of brass, and of iron, and his sister was pleasure.

(Wikipedia:) When fully translated, the text has a strong resemblance simply to a basic mythology concerning the origin of the various forms of civilization, the shepherds and musicians being products of the day, and pleasure being a product of the night. [Obviously, these people have not played Ravel's Bolero at night.] Blacksmiths, in carrying out their trade, are also associated with the darkness. Thus, in a sense, Lamech could be interpreted as a culture hero. Some of the names also appear to demonstrate punning - Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal rhyme, and appear to be derived from the same root - JBL (YVL in modern Hebrew): to bring forth, (also) to carry. A similar description existed amongst Phoenicians.

The names in the Midrash are also interpreted as an attack on polygamy. Adah is thus the deposed one, implying that Lamech spurned her in favor of Zillah, whose own name is understood to mean she shaded herself. The Midrash consequently regards Adah as having been treated as a slave, tyrannized by her husband, and who was at the beck and call of his mistress, Zillah. It further goes on to claim that part of the immorality, which had led God to [pre- ?] flood the earth, was the polygamy practiced by Lamech and his generation.

[In other words, whatever disaster or catastrophe happens, it's always blamed on someone or some culture being immoral, or just insufficiently righteous -- all of which constitutes the epitome of Scapegoatology. The constant moralizing in the Biblical version tends to make the case for the most of the material being created out of thin air (or very thin theology) -- purely for the benefit of making various religious dogmas somehow justifiable. And in the true tradition of such exemplary publications as The National Enquirer, where one always starts with a truth (or what is perceived as a truth by most people), and then... speculates... wildly... or as much as necessary to sell whatever one is selling (be it advertising and/or theology). The relevant implication, however, is that the names and places quoted may be well documented and true... but the stories told about them, may be considerably less so... and in fact, the stories (and reasons) are just so much spin, misinformation, or creative journalism for the purposes of control and power.]

Meanwhile, the rabbinical tradition is just as condemning of Na’amah. [There is always in religious circles, a whole lot of condemnation going on... it's what they do.] While a minority of scholars see Na’amah as having become Noah's wife, and being so named because her conduct was pleasing to God, the majority of classical rabbinical sources consider her name to be due to her singing pleasant songs in worship of idols. [And the problem is? "Thou shalt have only one god..."? And why is that? And, by the way, can I pick the god? How about Enki? <grin> Or... better yet... Lilith? Both? And Nin-khursag? A "holy trinity" perhaps? <broad grin>]

Then [allegedly] Lamech said to his wives:

“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!
For I have killed a man for wounding me,
Even a young man for hurting me.

If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”

—Genesis 4:19-24 (NKJV)

The last part of the tale of Lamech (Genesis 4:23-24), takes the form of a brief poem, which refers back to the curse of Cain. In the poem, Lamech's stance resembles that of a supreme warrior, able to avenge himself absolutely. However, no explanation of who Lamech supposedly killed is ever given. Some scholars have proposed that it is connected to the invention, contextually by Tubal-Cain, of the sword, for which reason the poem is often referred to as the Song of the Sword. The poem may originate from the mysterious Book of the Wars of the Lord, though the greater context for it is likely to remain obscure.

However, this paucity of context did not stop a rabbinical tradition growing up around it. [emphasis added... i.e., Just take a bit of truth... and then speculate!] The Talmud and Midrash present an extensive legend in which Lamech first loses his sight from age, and had to be led by Tubal-Cain, the seventh generation from Cain. Tubal-Cain saw in the distance something that he first took for an animal, but it was actually Cain (still alive, due to the extensive life span of the antediluvians). Lamech accidentally killed him with an arrow. When they discovered who it was, Lamech, in sorrow, clapped his hands together, which (for an unclear reason) kills Tubal-Cain. [There are a LOT of unclear reasons in this official legend.] In consequence, Lamech's wives desert him. [Bummer!] A similar legend is preserved in the pseudepigraphic Second Book of Adam and Eve, Chapter XIII; in this version Tubal-Cain is not named, but is instead referred to as "the young shepherd." After Lamech claps his hands he strikes the young shepherd on the head. To ensure his death, he then smashed his head with a rock. [I'm not making this stuff up!]

An alternate form of this negative attitude towards Lamech claims that even though Lamech did not kill anyone, his wives refused to associate with him and denied him sex, [allegedly] on the grounds that Cain's line was to be annihilated after seven generations. [The fact that Lamech was Cain's 5th generation, only goes to show that basic math was not a critical ingredient in training for the young ladies destined to be the king's consorts.] The poem is then given by Lamech to allay their fears. [Call Lamech's poem "a weapon of math instruction."] Other classical sources, such as Josephus, see the word seventy-seven as the number of sons which Lamech eventually had. [Apparently, the wives bought it hook, line, and sinker.]

Extending on this classical view of Lamech is the Book of Moses, regarded in Mormonism as scripture. According to this Latter-day Saint text, Lamech entered into a secret pact with Satan, as had Cain before him, becoming a second Master Mason. When Irad (an ancestor of Lamech) learned his secret and began to publicize it, Lamech murdered him. News of the murder was spread by Lamech's two wives, leading to his being cast out of society. [They're claiming that Freemasons went back as far as Lamech... and already they were in trouble with the media?]


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