Strange Gods of the Dire Planet
Guided by his creator, Adapa "to Heaven went up He was thus re-turned to Earth as an anointed priest but still a mortal. Sumerian texts, too, speak of deformed humans created by Enki and the Mother Goddess Ninhursag in the course of their efforts to fashion a perfect Primitive Worker. One text reports that Ninhursag, whose task it was to "bind upon the mixture the mold of the gods," got drunk and "called over to Enki," "How good or how bad is Man's body? As my heart prompts me, I can make its fate good or bad. All in all, six deformed or deficient humans were brought forth by Ninhursag.
KUR, tells us much about Nippur. For one thing, Enlil had at his disposal there some highly sophisticated instruments: a "lifted 'eye' which scans the land," and a "lifted beam which searches the heart of all the land. Was the place protected by some death ray, by an electronic power field? Was there in its center a helicopter pad, a "bird" so swift no one could outrun its reach?
In the center of Nippur, atop an artificially raised plat-form, stood Enlil's headquarters, the KI. UR "place of Earth's root" - the place where the "bond between Heaven and Earth" rose. This was the communications center of Mission Control, the place from which the Anunnaki on Earth communicated with their comrades, the IGI. GI "they who turn and see" in the orbiting spacecraft. At this center, the ancient text goes on to say, stood a "heavenward tall pillar reaching to the sky. Once the "word of Enlil" - his command - "approached heaven, abundance would pour down on Earth.
We may recall here the tale of the god Zu, who made his way to Enlil's sanctuary and snatched away the Tablet of Destinies, whereupon "suspended was the issuance of commands.
It is reasonable to assume that the Tablet of Destinies, which was so vital to the functions of Enlil's "Mission Control Center," also controlled the orbits and flight paths of the spaceships that maintained the "bond" between Heaven and Earth. It might have been the vital "black box" containing the computer programs that guided the spaceships, without which the contact be-tween the Nefilim on Earth and their link to the Home Planet was disrupted. Most scholars take the name EN. LIL to mean "lord of the wind," which fits the theory that the ancients "personilized" the elements of nature and thus assigned one god to be in charge of winds and storms.
Yet some scholars have already suggested that in this instance the term LIL means not a stormy wind of nature but the "wind" that comes out of the mouth- - an utterance, a command, a spoken communication. Once again, the archaic Sumerian pictographs for the term EN - especially as applied to Enlil - and for the term LIL, shed light on the subject. For what we see is a structure with a high tower of antennas rising from it, as well as a contraption that looks very much like the giant radar nets erected nowadays for capturing and emitting signals - the "vast net" described in the texts.
This, we believe, was the master plan of the Nefilim. Having selected the best location for their spaceport Sippar , they laid out the other settlements in a pattern outlining the vital flight path to it. In the center they placed Nippur, where the "bond Heaven-Earth" was located. Neither the original Cities of the Gods nor their re-mains can ever be seen by man again - they were all destroyed by the Deluge that later swept over Earth.
But we can learn much about them because it was the sacred duty of Mesopotamian kings continuously to rebuild the sacred precincts in exactly the same spot and according to the original plans. The rebuilders stressed their scrupulous adherence to the original plans in their dedication inscriptions, as this one uncovered by Layard stated: The everlasting ground plan, that which for the future the construction determined [I have followed].
It is the one which bears the drawings from the Olden Times and the writing of the Upper Heaven. If Lagash, as we suggest, was one of the cities that served as a landing beacon, then much of the information provided by Gudea in the third millennium B.
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He wrote that when Ninurta instructed him to re-build the sacred precinct, an accompanying god gave him the architectural plans drawn on a stone tablet , and a goddess who had "travelled between Heaven and Earth" in her "chamber" showed him a celestial map and in-structed him on the astronomical alignments of the structure. In addition to the "divine black bird," the god's "terrible eye" "the great beam that subdues the world to its power" and the "world controller" whose sound could "reverberate all over" were installed in the sacred precinct.
Finally, when the structure was complete, the "emblem of Utu" was raised upon it, facing "toward the rising place of Utu" - toward the spaceport at Sippar. All these beaming objects were important to the spaceport's operation, for Utu himself "came forth joyfully" to inspect the installations when completed.
Early Sumerian depictions frequently show massive structures, built in earliest times of reeds and wood, standing in fields among grazing cattle. The current assumption that these were stables for cattle is contradicted by the pillars that are invariably shown protruding from the roofs of such structures.
The pillars' purpose, as one can see, was to support one or more pairs of "rings," whose function is unstated. But although these structures were erected in the fields, one must question whether they were built to shelter cattle. The Sumerian pictographs depict the word DUR, or TUR meaning "abode," "gathering place" , by drawings that undoubtedly represent the same structures shown on the cylinder seals; but they make clear that the main feature of the structure was not the "huts" but the antenna tower.
Similar pillars with "rings" were posted at temple entrances, within the sacred precincts of the gods, and not only out in the countryside. Were these objects antennas attached to broadcasting equipment? Were the pairs of rings radar emitters, placed in the fields to guide the incoming shuttlecraft?
Were the eyelike pillars scanning devices, the "all-seeing eyes" of the gods of which many texts have spoken? We know that the equipment to which these various devices were connected was portable, for some Sumerian seals depict boxlike "divine objects" being transported by boat or mounted on pack animals, which carried the objects farther inland once the boats had docked.
These "black boxes," when we see what they looked like, bring to mind the Ark of the Covenant built by Moses under God's instructions. The chest was to be made of wood, overlaid with gold both inside and outside - two electricity-conducting surfaces were insulated by the wood between them. A kapporeth, also made of gold, was to be placed above the chest and held up by two cherubim cast of solid gold. The nature of the kapporeth meaning, scholars speculate, "covering" is not clear; but this verse from Exodus suggests its purpose: "And I will address thee from above the Kapporeth, from between the two Cherubim.
It was to be carried by means of wooden staffs passed through four golden rings. No one was to touch the chest proper; and when one Israelite did touch it, he was killed instantly - as if by a charge of high-voltage electricity. Such apparently supernatural equipment - which made it possible to communicate with a deity though the deity was physically somewhere else - became objects of veneration, "sacred cult symbols.
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This fourth-millennium temple was so named not only because hundreds of "eye" symbols were unearthed there but mainly because the temple's inner sanctum had only one altar, on which a huge stone "double-eye" symbol was displayed. In all probability, it was a simulation of the actual divine object - Ninurta's "terrible eye," or the one at Enlil's Mission Control Center at Nippur, about which the ancient scribe reported: "His raised Eye scans the land. His raised Beam searches the land.
Texts and pictorial depictions leave no doubt that the structures ranged from the earliest field huts to the later staged platforms, reached by stair-cases and sloped ramps that led from a broad lower stage to a narrower upper one, and so on. At the top of the ziggurat an actual residence for the god was built, surrounded by a flat, walled courtyard to house his "bird" and "weapons. Marduk claimed that the ziggurat and temple compound at Babylon the E. IL had been built under his own instructions also in accordance with the "writing of Upper Heaven.
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Each successive stage was smaller in area and in height, except the last stage the god's residence , which was of a greater height. The total height, however, was again equal to 15 gar, so that the complete structure was not only a perfect square but a perfect cube as well. The gar employed in these measurements was equivalent to 12 short cubits - approximately 6 meters, or 20 feet. Two scholars, H. Wood and L. Stecchini, have shown that the Sumerian sexagesimal base, the number 60, determined all the primary measurements of Mesopotamian ziggurats.
Thus each side measured 3 by 60 cubits at its base, and the total was 60 gar. What factor determined the height of each stage? Stecchini discovered that if he multiplied the height of the first stage 5. Similarly calculated, the second stage raised the angle of observation to 51 degrees, and each of the succeeding four stages raised it by another 6 degrees.
The seventh stage thus stood atop a platform raised to 75 degrees above the horizon at Babylon's geographic latitude. This final stage added 15 degrees - letting the observer look straight up, at a degree angle. Stecchini concluded that each stage acted like a stage of an astronomical observatory, with a predetermined elevation relative to the arc of the sky. There may, of course, have been more "hidden" considerations in these measurements. While the elevation of 33 degrees was not too accurate for Babylon, it was precise for Sippar.
Was there a relationship between the 6-degree elevation at each of four stages and the 6-beru distances between the Cities of the Gods? Were the seven stages somehow related to the location of the first seven settlements, or to Earth's position as the seventh planet?
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Martiny Astronomisches zur babylonischen Turm showed how these features of the ziggurat suited it for celestial observations, and that the topmost stage of the Esagila was oriented toward the planet Shupa which we have identified as Pluto and the constellation Aries. But were the ziggurats raised solely to observe the stars and planets, or were they also meant to serve the spacecraft of the Nefilim?
All the ziggurats were oriented so that their corners pointed exactly north, south, east, and west. As a result, their sides ran precisely at degree angles to the four cardinal directions. This meant that a space shuttle coming in for a landing could follow certain sides of the ziggurat exactly along the flight path - and reach Sippar without difficulty!
It could also denote a numerical entity relating to the "measuring" aspect of the ziggurats. And it also meant "a heat source" "fire" in Akkadian and Hebrew.
Even scholars who have approached the subject without our "space" interpretation could not escape the conclusion that the ziggurats had some purpose other than to make the god's abode a "high-rise" building. Kramer summed up the scholastic consensus: "The ziggurat, the stagetower, which became the hallmark of Mesopotamian temple architecture. It was probably at this point that Enki's epithet or name was changed to E.
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