IN SEARCH OF
"Circa 2900 B.C.
Gilgamesh, a Sumerian king, refused to die.
"Five hundred years before him Etana, king of Kish, sought to
"....Five hundred years after Gilgamesh,
Egyptian Pharaohs sought to
achieve Immortality by joining the gods in an Afterlife.
(Readers may find details about the
Epic of Gilgamesh, and the
Ascent of the Pharaohs in Book Two,
however, Mr. Sitchin expands Gilgamesh’ s adventure in Book Eight,
this Chapter, but it will not appear on line).
In his Book "Divine Encounters" (Book #8),
Mr. Sitchin writes some
"vignettes" after each chapter. Because Chapter Seven will not be
given here, I instead offer you the Chapter Seven "vignette":
GILGAMESH IN AMERICA
"Familiarity with the epic tale of Gilgamesh in South America is one
facet of the evidence for prehistoric contacts between the Old and
"The hallmark of such familiarity was the depiction of Gilgamesh
fighting the lions. Amazingly, such depictions - in a continent that
has no lions - have been found in the lands of the Andes.
"One concentration of such depictions on stone tablets has been
found in the Chavin de Huantar/Aija area in northern Peru, a major
gold-producing area in prehistoric times, where other evidence
(statuettes, carvings, petroglyphs) indicates the presence of Old
World peoples from 2500 B.C. on; they are similar to the Hittite
"Another area where such depictions proliferated was near the
southern shores of Lake Titicaca (now in Bolivia), where a great
metalworking metropolis -
Tiahuanacu - had once flourished. Begun by
some accounts well before 4000 B.C. as a gold-processing center, and
becoming after 2500 B.C. the world’s foremost source of tin. Tiahuancu was the place where bronze appeared in South America.
Among the artifacts discovered there were depictions, in bronze, of
Gilgamesh wrestling with lionlike animals - artwork undoubtedly
inspired by the Cassite bronzemakers of Luristan.
"More than 2,500 years after the epic search for Immortality by
Gilgamesh, another legendary king - Alexander of Macedonia emulated
the Sumerian king and the Egyptian Pharaohs in the very same arena.
In his case, too, the claim to Immortality was based on being partly
divine. The evidence suggests that Alexander, through his teacher
Aristotle, was aware of the earlier searches; but what he probably
did not know was that the root of his specific claim to divine
parentage lay in URUK’s GIPAR ("Nitghttime House") and its inner
sanctum, the Gigunu.
(Like in the previous Chapter, with the other searchers for
Immortality, readers may find the tale of Alexander in Book Two),
keeping in mind that Mr. Sitchin expands the story on Book Eight,
Chapter Eight, but it will not appear online.
"....It took Mankind, the Anunnaki, and the Earth itself millennia
to recover from the trauma of the Deluge. It took millennia for the
Anunnaki to gradually, and step by careful step, grant Mankind
knowledge, technology, domestication, and, finally, full-fledge
civilization. It took the better part of a millennium to develop, in
Kish, the institution of Kingship. And then, so unexpectedly, boom!
Kingship is transferred to
Uruk, and the first dynasty is begun by a
son of a god (Utu/Shamash) and a human female . . .
Mr. Sitchin gives an ample report of all the sexual shenanigans of
deities and humans, whose major preoccupation was kingship....
"....Alexander the Great heard the rumors of
ancestry, conceived when his mother had a Divine Encounter in her
bedchamber with the god Amon.
WHEN GODS GREW OLD
"The Immortality of the gods that Earthlings sought to attain was,
in reality, only an apparent longevity due to the different life
cycles on the two planets. By the time Nibiru completed one orbit
around the Sun, someone born there was just one year old. An
Earthling born at the same moment would have been, however, 3,600
years old by the end of one Nibiru year, for Earth would have
orbited the Sun 3,600 times by then.
"How did coming and staying on Earth
affect the Anunnaki? Did they
succumb to Earth’s shorter orbital time, and thus to Earth’s shorter
"A case in point is what had happened to Ninmah. When she arrived on
Earth as the Chief Medical Officer, she was young and attractive; so
attractive that when Enki - no novice in sex matters - saw her in
the marshlands, "his phallus watered the dykes." She was depicted
still youthful and with long hair when (as Ninti, "Lady Life") she
helped create the Adam. When Earth was divided, she was assigned the
neutral region in the Sinai peninsula (and was called Ninharsag,
"Lady of the Mountainpeaks"). But when Inanna rose to prominence and
was made patron-goddess of the Indus Civilization, she also took the
place of Ninmah in the pantheon of twelve. By then the younger
Anunnaki, who referred to Ninmah as Mammi, "Old Mother," called her
"The Cow" behind her back. Sumerian artists depicted her as an aging
goddess, with cow’s horns.
"The Egyptians called the Mistress of the Sinai
Hathor, and always
depicted her with cow’s horns.
"As the younger gods broke taboos and
reshaped Divine Enconters, the
Olden Gods appear more aloof, less involved, stepping into the
breach only when events were getting out of hand. The gods, indeed,
did grow old.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
"Rod Serling’s popular television series "The Twilight Zone" held
viewers spellbound for many years (and still does so in reruns) by
putting the episodes’ heroes in obviously dangerous circumstances -
a fatal accident, a terminal illness, a trapping in a time warp -
from which they miraculously emerged unharmed because of some
incredible twist of fate. In most instances, the miracle was the
handiwork of a person, seemingly ordinary, who proved to have
extraordinary powers - an "angel" if you wish.
"But the fascination for the viewer was the
Twilight Zone; for when
all was said and done, the episode’s hero - and with him or her the
viewer - was uncertain of what had happened. Was the danger only
imagined? Was it all just a dream - and thus the "miracle" that
resolved the inevitable ending no miracle at all; the "angel" no
angel at all; the time warp not another dimension, for none of them
had really taken place . . .
"In some episodes, however, the hero’s and the viewer’s puzzlement
was given a final twist that made the program worthy of its name. At
the very end, as hero and viewer are almost certain that it was all
imagined, a dream, a passing trick of the subconscious mind, a tale
that has no foothold in the real world - a physical object comes
into play. Sometime during the episode the hero picked up, or rather
is given, a small object that he absentmindedly put in his/her
pocket, or a ring put on the finger, or a talisman worn as a
necklace. As all other aspects of the imagined and unreal episode,
the object too had to be imagined and nonreal. But as the viewer and
the hero are certain that all had faded into its nonreality, the
hero finds the object in his pocket or on his finger - a reality
left over from an unreality. And thus Rod Serling has shown us,
between reality and nonreality, between the rational and the
irrational, we were passing through a Twilight Zone.
"Four thousand years earlier, a Sumerian king found himself in a
Twilight Zone, and recorded his experience on two clay cylinders
(that are now on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris).
"The king’s name was
Gudea and he reigned in the Sumerian city
Lagash circa 2100 B.C. Lagash was the "Cult Center" of
Foremost Son of Enlil, and he dwelt with his spouse Bau in the
city’s sacred precinct called the Girsu - hence his local epithet
NIN.GIRSU, "Lord of the Girsu." At about that time, owing to an
intensification of the struggle for supremacy on Earth that pitted
primarily Enki’s Firstborn Marduk against Enlil’s clan, Ninurta/Ningirsu
obtained the permission of his father Enlil to build a new temple in
the Girsu - a temple so magnificent that it would express the rights
of Ninurta to the supremacy.... one that would emulate the Great
Pyramid of Giza on the one hand and that, upon its vast platform,
would hold stone circles that could serve as sophisticated
astronomical observatories. The need to find a reliable and faithful
worshipper to carry out the grandiose plans and to follow
intelligently the designs of the Divine Architects served as the
background for the ensuing events recorded by Gudea.
"The series of events began with a dream that
Gudea had one night;
it was a vision of Divine Encounters. And it was so vivid that it
transported the king into a Twilight Zone; for when Gudea awoke, an
object that he had seen only in his dream was now physically on his
lap. Somehow, the boundary between unreality and reality had been
"Utterly perplexed by the occurrence, Gudea asked for and received
permission to seek the advice of the oracle goddess Nanshe in her
"House of Fate-Solving" in another city. Reaching the place by
boat.... Gudea proceeded to tell her what had happened....
In the dream [I saw]
a man who was bright, shining like Heaven
- great in Heaven, great on Earth -
who by his headdress was a Dingir (god).
At his side was the divine Storm Bird;
Like a devouring storm under his feet
two lions crouched, on the right and on the left.
He commanded me to build his temple.
"A celestial omen then followed whose meaning,
Gudea told the
dream-solving goddess, he did not understand: the sun upon Kishar
(the planet Jupiter) was suddenly seen on the horizon. A female then
appeared and gave Gudea celestial instructions....
who was she? Who was she not?
the image of a temple-structure
she carried on her hand -
in her hand she held a holy stylus;
The tablet of her favorable star of heaven
"As the woman was consulting the star tablet, a third divine being
appeared.... he was a male:
A second man appeared, he had the
look of a hero, endowed with strength.
A tablet of lapis lazuli in his hand he held.
The plan of a temple he drew on it.
He placed before me a holy carrying basket;
Upon it he placed a pure brickmaking mold;
the destined brick was inside it.
A large vessel stood before me;
on it was engraved the Tibu bird which shines
brilliantly day and night.
A freight-ass crouched to my right.
"The text suggests that all these objects somehow materialized
during the dream, but regarding one of them there is absolutely no
doubt that it was made to cross from the dream dimension to the
dimension of physical reality; for when Gudea awoke, he found the
lapis lazuli stone tablet on his lap, with the plan of the temple
etched upon it. He commemorated the miracle in one of his
"....Back in Lagash Gudea contemplated the words of the oracle
goddess and studied the divine tablet that had materialized on his
lap. The more he thought about the varied instructions the more he
was baffled, especially so regarding the astronomical orientation
Mr. Sitchin explains how
Gudea went day by day seeking guidance,
until all was ready for:
"....time to start making the bricks. They had to be made from clay
according to the mold and sample that appeared to Gudea in his first
vision-dream. We read in column XIX, verse 19 (The Great Cylinder
Inscriptions A and B of Gudea, by Ira M. Price), that Gudea "brought
the brick, placed it in the temple." It follows from this statement
that Gudea had the brick (and by inference the required mold) in his
physical possession; the brick and the mold were thus two more
objects (in addition to the lapis lazuli tablet) that crossed the
boundary in a Twilight Zone.
"....Even on the previous occasions the term translated "dream,"
MAMUZU, is more akin to the Hebrew/Semitic Mahazeh which better
translates as a "vision." Here, on the third time (a further part of
Gudea’s "dream"), the term employed is DUG MUNATAE - a
"command-vision" by request, Gudea was shown how to start the
building of his Lord’s temple. In front of his very eyes the process
of the completion of the Enimu, "from its foundation below to its
top that rises skyward," was taking shape. The vision of a simulated
demonstration of the whole process, from the bottom up "engaged his
The rest of the process,
Mr. Sitchin has explained it in his Book
When Time Began.
Following the tale of Gudea,
Mr. Sitchin offers the tale of a
"Babylonian "Job" named Shubshi. Afflicted on property, family and
health, like the biblical Job, he also had dreams; the outcome being
that a tablet which Shubshi saw in his dream, materialized as he
awoke. This tablet had cuneiform writing on it, and Shubshi was
cured. Apparently, in the dream, the god Marduk had sent the tablet
to Shubshi. (There is more to the tale).
"....Physical objects and actions that transcend the boundary are
also encountered in the dreams of Gilgamesh....
"....The dream-visions of
Daniel.... contain even more direct
parallels to the physical aspects of the Twilight Zone encounters of
Gilgamesh and Gudea. Describing one of his Divine Encounters at the
Bank of the Tigris River (the Book of Daniel, chapter 10), he wrote:
I lifted up mine eyes, and behold,
I saw a sole man clothed in linen
whose loins were girded with Ophir gold.
His body gleamed like topaz,
his face shone like lightning,
his eyes flamed like torches,
his arms and feet were the color of bronze,
and his voice was a booming one.
"I alone could see the apparition," Daniel wrote; but though the
other people who were with him could not see it, they felt an
awesome presence and ran away to hide. He, too, felt suddenly
immobilized, able to only hear the divine voice; but
As soon as I heard the voice of his words
I fell asleep face down,
my face touching the ground.
"This position was akin to that described by
Gudea; ensuing is the
similarity to the awakenings that puzzled Gilgamesh, when in his
dreams he experienced an actual, physical touch and voice of "a
Suddenly a hand touched me
and pulled me up, to be
upon my knees and the palms of my hands.
"The divine person then revealed to
Daniel that he was to be shown
the future. Overwhelmed, with his face still down, Daniel was
speechless. But then the person - "of the appearance of the sons of
Man" - touched the lips of Daniel, and Daniel was able to speak.
When he apologized for his weakness, the divine person touched him
again, and Daniel "regained his strength." All that had taken place
while Daniel was seized by a trancelike sleep.
"More memorable than the
dream-visions of Daniel is the Twilight
Zone incident of the Handwriting-on-the-Wall.... As related in
chapter 5 of the Book of Daniel, Belshazzar (Nebuchadnezzar’s
successor as regent of Babylon circa 540 B.C.), made a great
banquet.... Drunk with too much wine, he gave orders to fetch the
gold and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had seized from the
Temple in Jerusalem, so that "he and his nobles, his concubines and
his courtesans might drink from them. So the vessels.... from the
sanctuary in the House of God in Jerusalem were brought in.... As
the pagan merriment and defilement of the sacred objects from
Yahweh’s Temple continued,
There appeared the fingers of a
and it wrote upon the plaster of
the palace wall,
opposite the candelabra;
And the king could see the wrist of
the hand as it wrote.
"....The king’s mind was filled with terror, his countenance turned
pale, every limb of him became limp, his knees knocked together." He
must have realized that the desecration of the vessels from the
Temple of Yahweh had triggered an ominous Divine Encounter....
"....Upon this scene of fear and desperation in walked the queen....
she pointed out that the wise man Daniel had been known for his
ability to understand and interpret dreams and divine messages....
Daniel was called in.... By then the writing hand must have
vanished, but the writing on the wall remained. Confirming that the
bad omen was the result of the desecration of the of the Temple’s
vessels.... Daniel explained the writing and its meaning:
....Mene, mene, tekel u Pharsin.
Mene: God hath numbered the days of thy kingdom,
and it is finished.
Tekel: Thou are weighed in the balance,
and found wanting.
U Pharsin: Thy kingdom shall be divided,
to the Medes and Persians it shall be given.
"....The message from the Twilight Zone (from Daniel’s own dreams,
knowing the future) was promptly fulfilled.
"Gudea’s Twilight Zone dream-visions.... preceded by more than a
millennium similar divine communications regarding Yahweh’s temple
From Moses, to King David,
Yahweh kept communicating with his
Prophets, but it would be King Solomon (David’s son) who would build
"....So King David went "and sat before
Yahweh," in front of the Ark
of the Covenant.... in that "sitting before Yahweh" may lie a key to
understanding a puzzle - the mystery of the origin of the Temple’s
plans. For we read in I Chronicles chapter 28 that as David neared
the end of his days he called together the leaders and elders of
Israel and told them of Yahweh’s decision regarding the building of
the Temple. Announcing that his successor would be Solomon, "David
gave Solomon his son the Tavnit" of the Temple with all its parts
and chambers, "The Tavnit of all that he had by the Spirit."
"The Hebrew word Tavnit is commonly translated "pattern," and this
term suggests that it could be a design, an architectural plan. But
the biblical term implies more accurately a "constructed model"
rather than a Tokhnit ("plan" in Hebrew). It was a physical model
that apparently was small enough to be handed over by David to
Solomon - something that nowadays would be spoken of as a "scale
"As archaeological finds in Mesopotamia and Egypt attest, scale
models were not unknown in the ancient Near East; we can illustrate
the fact by showing some of the objects discovered in Mesopotamia,
as well as some of the numerous Egyptian ones.... (several graphics
appear on the book).
"....The account in I Chronicles chapter 28, reporting the materials
and instructions handed over by King David to Solomon.... uses the
word Tavnit four times, leaving no doubt regarding the existence of
such a model. After the fourth and last mention, David told
that the Tavnit with all its details were literally given him by
Yahweh, accompanied by written instructions....
"....All that, according to the Bible, was given to David "by the
Spirit" as he "sat before Yahweh" in front of the
Ark of the
Covenant (in its temporary location). How the "Spirit" imparted to
David the instructions, including the writings by the hand of Yahweh
and the extraordinarily detailed Tavnit, remains a mystery -
Divine Encounter that befits the Twilight Zone.
After the Temple that Solomon built was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar
in 587 B.C., the prophet Ezequiel among the exiles was the next to
have experiences of the Twilight Zone kind:
And it came to pass in the thirtieth year,
in the fourth month, on the fifth day thereof,
as I was among the captives by the river Chebar,
that the heavens were opened
and I saw Divine Visions.
Mr. Sitchin continues:
"....the opening vision, that of a
Divine Chariot, is one of the
most remarkable records of a UFO witnessed in antiquity.
"....(In recent years the technical interpretation by
Joseph Blumrich, an ex-NASA engineer, in
The Spaceships of Ezequiel, has
received favorable attention. An early depiction of a Flying
Chariot, attests to the widespread awareness of the phenomenon in
antiquity in all parts of the world).
"....The word "dream" does not appear in the
book of Ezequiel even
once; instead the prophet uses the term "vision...." The term used
in the Hebrew is actually "Elohim vision," visions relating to the
DIN.GIR of Sumerian texts. The term retains some ambiguity as to the
nature of the "vision" - the actual seeing of a scene, or an induced
mental image that is created, somehow, in the mind’s eye only. What
is certain is that from time to time reality intrudes into these
visions - an actual voice, an actual object, a visible hand. In
that, the visions of Ezequiel belong in the Twilight Zone.
"...."It was in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day
thereof," Ezequiel relates in chapter 8. "As I was sitting in my
home, and the Elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of
the Lord Yahweh happened upon me,"
An I looked up, and beheld an apparition,
the likeness of a man.
From his waist down the appearance was of fire,
and from the waist up the appearance was of a
brightness, like the sheen of electrum.
"The wording here reveals the Prophet’s own uncertainty regarding
the nature of the vision - a reality or a nonreality. He calls what
he sees an "apparition," the being that he sees is only a likeness
of a man. Is whoever had appeared clad in fire and brilliance, or is
he made of fire and brilliance, a make-believe image? Whatever it
was, it was able to perform physically:
And he put forth the shape of a hand,
and seized me by a lock on my head.
And the spirit carried me
between the earth and the heaven,
and brought me to Jerusalem -
in Elohim visions -
to the door of the inner gate that face’s north.
"The narrative then described what
Ezequiel had seen in Jerusalem
(including the women mourning Dumuzi). And when the prophetic
instructions were completed, and the Divine Chariot "lifted off from
the city and rested upon the mount that is to the east of the city,"
The spirit carried me and brought me
to Chaleda, to the place of exile.
[It was] in a Vision of the spirit of Elohim.
And then the vision that I had seen
was lifted off me.
"The biblical text stresses more than once that the airborne journey
was in a Divine Vision, a "Vision of the Spirit of Elohim." Yet
there clearly is a description of a physical visit to Jerusalem,
discussions with its residents, and even the "putting of a mark on
the foreheads" of the righteous ones who were to be spared the
predicted carnage and final destruction of the city....
"....Fourteen years later.... the hand took [Ezequiel] to
"In Elohim Visions he brought me to the Land or Israel, and placed
me on a very high mountain, by which was the model of a city, to the
And as he brought me there, behold -
there was a man whose appearance was that
He held a cord of flax in his hand,
and a measuring rod;
and he stood at the gate.
"The Divine Measurer instructed Ezequiel to pay attention to
everything he would hear and see, and especially so to note all the
measurements, so that he could report it all accurately back to the
exiles.... Suddenly the scene of a distant man changed to that of a
wall surrounding a large house - as though, in terms from our time,
a camera was refocused to a telescopic lens. From a close-up,
Ezequiel could see "the man with the measure" starting to take the
measurements of the house.... as though a television camera was
following the man - kept changing; and instead of the outside scenes
Ezequiel could see images of the inner parts of the house -
courtyards, chambers, chapels.... It became evident to Ezequiel that
he was being shown the future, rebuilt Temple, with the Holy of
Holies and sacred utensils, and the locations for the priests, and
the place of the Cherubim.
"....As one envisioned scene followed the other, in a simulation
that beats the most advanced "Virtual Reality" techniques that are
still being developed at the end of the twentieth century A.D., Ezequiel was then - more than 2,500 years ago - taken into the
vision. As though physically, he was led to the east-facing gate to
the Temple compound; and there he saw,
And the spirit lifted me up
and brought me into the inner court;
and I beheld that the Glory of Yahweh
filled the Temple.
"And now he heard a voice addressing him from inside the Temple. It
was not the "man" whom he had seen before with the measuring cord
and rod, for that man was now standing beside him.... Ezequiel was
instructed to inform the House of Israel of all that he had heard
"....The Book of Ezequiel then ends with long instructions for the
sacred services in the future Temple. It mentions that Ezequiel "was
brought back" to see the Glory of Yahweh through the north gate.
Presumably, it was there from that Ezequiel was returned from his
Divine Vision, but the Book of Ezequiel leaves this unstated.