The Annunaki

The Annunaki
Aliens, Gods or Demons?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Was there really a God or Goddess who could be called 'Loving'?

Doing my research on the Sumerian Pantheon (and yes, I firmly believe they were the prototypes for the Egyptian, Greek and Indian Gods), I have found myself experiencing a panoply of emotions and theories. Some authors have presented them in a more noble light and when I wrote Serpent Priestess, it was with that mindset "Yes they may have created us to be their workers, but surely some were kind. Let's imagine that they truly had the best of intentions once they began their experiments."

However, the more I read, the less sure I am that there were any who could be called the 'God' or 'Goddess' of love. Enki may have been the one to create humans, or lulu amel, and then give them more intelligence and always strove to better the living conditions as well as shield them from the other Annunaki's wrath, but he also was an incestuous paedophile (though he would not have agreed with our abhorrence to his mis-deeds, as in his mind he was solidifying his line). Enlil was also a rapist and spent time in exile for his crime. He has been presented as Jehovah by some authors and my book was based on that premise, but I do believe the being we know as Jehovah had more of the characteristics of  Kurambi than Enlil. Yet as Genesis distilled an entire family and pantheon into one being, the writers seemed to have taken the qualities and deeds that suited them from many different beings.

There is also Innana, the Goddess of love and sexuality. Known for the orgiastic rituals conducted at her temples and her edicts. She wore nothing on top with flowing skirts, reminiscent of the ancient Apsara dancers of Cambodia.
She also would take Kings as her lovers and command them to visit her nightly (until she lost interest), a practise that continued in Cambodia  as well, when the King would have to visit the Snake Goddess every night or risk the ruination of his people and land.
While she certainly enjoyed pleasure of every sort, she was also ruthless and waged a war against the other Annunaki, seeking supremacy. So, from both her actions which resulted in the deaths of many thousands and her laws ordering women to prostitute themselves at her temple once a year, I find it hard to credit her with being a Goddess of Love.

The only two who, no matter whose account you read, always are noble and kind, are Ninkhursag and Ningizzida. They are the only ones who can fit the description of a God and Goddess of Love and who never harmed anyone. Ninkhursag created us along with Enki, and by all accounts treated us as her children, intervening time and again to protect the humans from the Annunaki, crying when there was war or natural disasters. Ningizzida (or Thoth) did his best to help mankind achieve their full potential, regarding their souls as equal rather than inferior. 

 But the question must be asked: why was humankind so eager to place these beings into categories, and why were we so eager to believe that there were beings of tremendous power who loved us? Would we have been better off not believing they meant us well? Perhaps then humanity would not have spent its existence praying to these beings, slaving for them, obeying their commandments, accepting their punishments and fighting their wars.

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