Anannage or Anannuki - O'Brien v Sitchin
Zecharia Sitchin's version of historical events was based on his subjective interpretations of Sumerian history obtained from many different sources, which involved both the need to understand and translate cuneiform texts, as well as the many other subsequent languages, which used these same cuneiform records as their sources of ancient history and religious control.
Translating cuneiform as a historical source is still nowhere near an exact science, and what we find amongst so many specialists is a reliance on interpretations of the latest Akkadian versions of cuneiform written around 1,500 BC, which bear little resemblance to the original meanings and contexts used, when they were first written down, as much as 4,000 years earlier. See Learning from History Part 5 - www.goldenageproject.org.uk.
Cuneiform was written with the wedge shaped end of a reed, cutting into a wet clay tablet or cylinder, in many different shapes and styles for different purposes. It evolved under the direction of scribes in Near East, Mesopotamia, the wider Fertile Crescent and the Indus Valley, spreading outwards with the subsequent migrations of these people to all corners of the world, including Britain well before 2,000 BC.
Cuneiform had evolved from the earliest simple picture signs of which there were well over four hundred examples, and that this was where accurate translations had to start. The Reverend Professor George Barton from the Quaker Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania was the leading cuneiform specialist from around 1890, who was given the task of translating the great archaic cuneiform discoveries found in the excavated remains of the Sumerian Nippur temple library by Professor Haynes and his team from the University of Pennsylvania 1896-8.
Barton had obtained formal acceptance that the origin of cuneiform started with the archaic Indo-European people’s picture language. Examples of which are the Phaistos Disk, Pacific Talking Boards, Indus Valley script, on textiles from Pachcamac in Peru and Mexico, together with objects found in the Southern United States by Hyatt and Ruth Verrill.
However, even Barton the pioneer, had great difficulty in understanding anything more than some 20% of the basic cuneiform words, and fell into the same trap that we still see today of putting a religious interpretation on key historical records, where none originally existed. This is best demonstrated on the accounts of the story of Kharsag, later known as the Garden of Eden (missed by Sitchin), with Barton describing these cuneiform tablets as incantations and hymns.
It took another great linguist Sir Alan Gardner to tell us that the Egyptians did not have a word for religion; the nearest word was heka meaning magical powers. Religion as we know it did not exist in the ancient secular times of the City State system of social organisation. Freewill, the truth, the secular pursuit of knowledge, individual levels of consciousness, and contributions to the community, were ordained as priorities by the Divine Council of the Anannage. The people had to live up to the good examples set by the Gods. The Gods raised up humans to their high standards, they did not enslave them.
Gardner was followed by the great explorer and linguist Lieutenant Colonel L.A. Waddell, who amongst many ground breaking discoveries, such as linking the Indus Valley and Britain with Sumer, and with placing the origin of the British, Irish, Scots, Welsh and Germans to the Land of Kana’an, also established that the first Sumerian king was dated to 3,370 BC. He effectively demolished the credibility of the Cambridge translation of the Isin cuneiform chronology texts, which put the Sumerian kings back hundreds of thousand years. Sitchin based some of his key work on this and other profoundly speculative dating, which is no longer credible in the light of current scientific and archaeological knowledge.
The First World War virtually put an end to cuneiform translation progress with the deaths of so many young scholars, and it was not until the 1950's that people like Samuel Noah Kramer began to restore progress. Only one man really sorted out cuneiform origins by starting from the beginning and ignoring academic protocols and religious prejudice. He took a common sense secular approach and this has provided us with a down to earth and accurate version of these incredible historical events with his books the Megalithic Odyssey, Genius of the Few, the Shining Ones and the Path of Light. His name was Christian O'Brien and after a career as a leading exploration geologist and retiring from being the head of the oil operating companies in Iran in 1971, he set out with his wife Barbara Joy, to recover past knowledge until his death in 2001.
It is notable that both Sitchin and O’Brien amongst others had the vision to recognise the essential fact, that there was a brilliant advanced civilisation in the past, led by the Anannage (O’Brien’s correct translation). Both deserve our full attention and respect in the recovery of our incredible history, free from man made religious constraints, and the constant abuse of adjectives such as serpent, semitic and aryan.
Sitchin's translation problems and journalistic imagination have produced a range of extraordinarily detailed best selling books, which have excited a wide audience, but have failed to give the fully referenced support and obvious accuracy needed for credibility. O’Brien takes the scholarly multi-disciplinary analytical approach, which features an alternative translation of the early chapters of Genesis dealing with the bright ones in the planted highlands, rather than God in Heaven, together with a thorough re-assessment of the Books of Enoch, and the detailed clarification of the Kharsag creation stories, which Barton described as the oldest religious texts. O’Brien provides the clear links between these key records and background of logical analysis and accuracy of content, which makes real sense and allows so much more knowledge to be recovered from what can best be described as an essential road map of time.
Additional research has shown that our brilliant ancestors had been able to survive both the 10,850 BC global cataclysm, which has been described as the biggest mass extinction for 3 million years, and the consequent Great Younger Dryas Ice Age, so that when the planet began to warm up around 9,400 BC, succeeding generations were able to start again. A small group of survivors led by An, Enlil, Enki and Ninkharsag created the Garden of the Gods in a crucial glacial refuge, irrigated by a critical snow melt water supply, shed from the flanks of Mt Hermon.
Scientific evidence of agricultural origins now available to us supports this O’Brien location, and overturns the Sitchin and other Sumerian based hypotheses. The work of astrophysicists and geologists demonstrate regular global catastrophes and migrations, with the destruction of cities caused by cometary debris impacts, and not nuclear wars. Sitchins great strength was to provide the clues needed to unravel our history. For example the story of the path apparently taken by Phaeton/Marduk through our solar system and the collision with lost planet Tiamat c. 10,850 BC is based on Sumerian Texts from Cataclysm by D.S. Allan and J.B. Delair. The resulting tipping of the earth on its axis being recorded by the star shaft alignments in the Great Pyramid, before and after the event to the north and south pole stars Zeta Orionis and Alpha Draconis detailed in Message from the Ancestors by Canadian John Gagnon.
From many other sources such as Plato, Charles Rollin, W.J. Perry, Ashurbanipal, Hadrian and William Blake, we find support for the wholly benevolent Gods capable of wonderful feats. The ancient world had no doubts as to who had delivered agriculture and civilisation, with many accounts giving us clues as to the location of the meeting place of the Divine Council at Enlil’s e-kur mountain house close to Mt Hermon in Lebanon. O’Brien’s detailed description of the Garden of the Gods taken from the ancient texts, was confirmed by our November 2009 Golden Age Project survey of the site. The Gods moved on from Kharsag/Eden to the springhead site at Baalbek to dispense kingship and justice at the head of the two rivers, the Litani and the Orontes, not the Tigris and Euphrates.
O’Brien provides the more accurate records of our brilliant and benevolent ancestors, who re-started civilisation and agriculture under appalling difficulties, delivering brilliant laws, domesticated crops and animals, civilised living, superb social organisation through the early city state system, and many other incredible technologies and skills, which flourished over thousands of years in a Golden Age, recorded and respected by the ancient Greek historians and philosophers of Alexandria.
In conclusion, no Sumerians before 3,770 BC, no slave species, no Niburu (a name for Nippur with b and p being interchangeable), no nuclear wars between the Gods, no 1950's space technology and splash downs, and no gold used for repairing damaged atmospheres. Agriculture was re-started at Kharsag (meaning head enclosure) in the Southern Bekka and Jordan Valley around 9,400 BC following the Great Younger Dryas Ice Age by Angels and Watchers, the culture bearers, who took the technology around the world in the next 2,000 years, well before the building of Eridu in Mesopotamia valley around 5,500 BC. Farming was recorded as being delivered into Mesopotamian by the apkalu (bright farmers from the enclosure) or genii genius’, (angels and watchers) under the Enki, a title for the Lord of the Land. The great cities were dedicated out of respect to the original Anannage Gods and their families, led by An, the monotheistic God of Abraham.
See www.goldenageproject.org.uk and Learning from History Parts 5 and 10
Edmund, you are spot on. This is part of your/our past with a lot of gaps and it describes a much clearer picture but it is still out of focus. Very Ancient Egypt (Zep Tepi) and Peru have additional information to offer. The Serapeum once had the secrets enclosed but now only the enigma of such perfect engineering remains as a clue. We have much work to do.
Thanks for posting this information. I am so interested in history story.
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