The Annunaki

The Annunaki
Aliens, Gods or Demons?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Innana and the Apsaras

A couple of weeks ago, a tourist desecrated a Buddhist statue at Bayon Temple, in Cambodia, claiming the Temple belonged to Innana and she was cleaning up rubbish.

A lot of people have remarked that Innana would have no place in Cambodian culture as it was the wrong place, wrong time.

I beg to disagree. If the Sumerian records are true, then Innana waged a war over a vast area against other Annunaki, winning the initial battles with the aid of Sargon, the King she'd appointed. Her Empire would have encompassed most of Asia and the Middle East. We already know that there are a lot of similarities between Sumerian and Indian mythology, and the Temples at Siem Reap were originally Hindu. Indeed, Sanskrit has influenced Khmer language and culture.  Hence the connection between Innana and Cambodia

Another point is Innana began the ritual of choosing Kingly lovers. Her favourite would have to visit her nightly or risk the desolation of his Kingdom (presumably by her waging war on the unfortunate people). This practice was continued in Cambodia in a temple dedicated to the 'Serpent Goddess, as recorded by the Chinese traveler Zhou Daguan, who  told the story of the Khmer king’s nightly visit to Golden Temple Mountain (Baphoun Temple) to make love to a serpent woman in order to keep peace in his land. 

Innana was a member of the Serpent Cult, so it stands to reason this 'serpent woman' would have been her spiritual descendant, one of her priestesses.

And finally: Innana was renowned for her style of dress: bare-chest, flowing skirts, lots of jewellery. A look at the bas-reliefs of the dancing Apsara's suggests they may have originated as her dancing girls, or the Priests liked her choice of adornment so much they had the dancing girls dress the same .

(this is by no means a validation of the tourist's actions)

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