Sunday, March 07, 2010

Beware Sitchins

Talk by Secharia Sitchin on his book, The End of Days, at the Philadelphia Free Library, March 6, 2010:

Secharia Sitchin is the latest Israeli marketing venture directed at the alternative-science/ new paradigm crowd. I say "Israeli marketing venture" with some irony, because, in fact, Mr. Sitchin challenges some deeply-held notions about the Bible, and has done considerable research into ancient Sumerian mythology. He is learned in cuneiform script, zodiacal and modern sciences, Biblical archaeology, and ancient and Mesoamerican worldviews. Mr. Sitchin is obviously a force to be reckoned with - judging by the large and enthusiastic crowd that greeted him at the Free Library - and one can appreciate his scholarship while at the same time offering a word of caution.

Mr. Sitchin began his discourse - after a few preliminary self-laudations - by noting that when he was a student in school, he challenged the teacher to explained the Biblical passage "... And there were giants in the earth in those days..." (I do not have my Biblical concordance with me; the passage occurs in Genesis just before the story of Noah.) The word is "nephilim," giants, which Mr. Sitchin connected with a Hebrew word, naphor [?] meaning "to fall, to descend from heaven to earth." Who were the nephelim? he asks, the "Sons of the Elohim"? What is this doing in a Bible supposedly devoted to monotheism?

Mr. Sitchin's questions are highly relevant and important. They led him to the study of the Sumerians, who were, he says, the originators of all mythologies. He points out that, as if out of nowhere, the high Sumerian civilization suddenly appeared, possessing a calendar, timekeeping, division of circle to 360 degrees, metallurgy, bricks, law codes, religion, doctors, priests, writing and literature. Where did the Sumerians get all of their knowledge, and how is it that there is no evidence of a "training period"?

The same phenomenon confronts us with ancient Egypt: we see, all of a sudden, a highly advanced technology of pyramid construction incorporating calendrical and precessional facts seemingly out of nowhere. And in fact the most ancient structures are far more technologically skilled than the later ones - a fact with confounds all our notions about how history and evolution are supposed to happen.

These kinds of questions are now comprising the field of "New Paradigm" history, which is the history that Rudolf Steiner was referring to when he said that ancient mankind gained a vast and in-depth knowledge through "atavistic clairvoyance." That is to say, ancient humanity was spiritually or clairvoyantly attuned to the cosmic level. We have lost this attunement, whether due to the Fall into Sin (Old Testament), the need for a Redeemer (New Testament), inevitable entropy (Law of Thermodynamics) or the development of freedom (anthroposophical "evolution of consciousness") or some other complex combination of explanation or circumstances.

In any case -- (and I am not precisely able to recapitulate Mr. Sitchin's steps here) -- the research and evidence led Mr. Sitchin to the conclusion that ancient astronauts visited our planet. "Everything was taught to us by the Annunkaki" -- this is apparently what the Sumerians said. When Mr. Sitchin connected "annunkaki," meaning "those who from heaven to earth came," with the Hebrew word anakim, giants, the circle seemed to close and everything seemed to fit into a pattern.

So far, so good. Mr. Sitchin's research has made a great contribution to our understanding of early humanity and New Paradigm history. But when he ventured into "apocalyptic" territory and talked about the use of nuclear weapons in 2024 B.C. , I became aware of the much darker Zionist agenda. He described reading the Book of Ezekiel -- which mentioned Persia in its description of the final apocalyptic "War of God and Magog" -- and Mr. Sitchin confessed to feeling "a chill down his spine."

Yes, the Book of Ezekiel will do that to you - not Persia, which is being threatened and attacked by the Zionists and their American patsies almost daily. Mr. Sitchin should avoid Zionist agitprop and stick to scholarship. We need to get away from apocalypticism, Christian and Jewish, and affirm the truths of religion in its moral, not its hysterical, aspects.

Additional Notes to this Post

  • Re nephilim: Rudolf Steiner once mentioned that the Greek word nephele, cloud, is related, and refers to the 'cloud' or aura which could be beheld clairvoyantly by ancient man.

  • Concerning the Hebrew Bible: the Russian healer Nicolas Levashov has written extensively concerning the Genesis story of the Bible, which he says was written by the adversaries of the Slavonic-Aryan Vedas, which is the true account of human origins. See my account of Levashov in my "Bookmanas" website (Notes on my reading) here:

  • Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods is an important milestone of New Paradigm history, and is primarily devoted to the Egyptian-Mesoamerican parallels.
  • Illustration: William Blake, "God Creating the World."


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robertm said...

hello: from The 12th Planet: Anunnaki not Annunkaki.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the Sumerian gods. For the fictional Anunnaki from Demon: The Fallen, see Annunaki (White Wolf). For The Annunaki as depicted in The 12th Planet, see Zecharia Sitchin.

Ancient Sumerian seal depicting Annunaki
The Anunnaki (also transcribed as: Anunna, Anunnaku, Ananaki and other variations) are a group of Sumerian, Akkadian and Babylonian deities. The name is variously written "da-nuna", "da-nuna-ke4-ne", or "da-nun-na", meaning something to the effect of 'those of royal blood'[1] or 'princely offspring'....
According to later Babylonian myth, the Anunnaki were the children of Anu and Ki, brother and sister gods.

Sitchin has authored 12 or more books and articles since The 12th Planet, (1976) perhaps reading these would be worthwhile and put into perspective your concerns about a "zionist agenda" and clarify the geography and politics of the ancient "gods". I would also venture that the "new paradigm theory" might be more in debt to Sitchin than the other way around.

Caryl said...

Hi Robert M - thanks for writing. I appreciate the heads-up.