Chapter 10: Cities Of The Gods

Cities of the Gods; As Above so Below; E.RI.DU, First Settlement;

…The story of the first settlement of Earth by intelligent beings is a breathtaking saga no less inspiring than the discovery of America or the circumnavigation of Earth. It was certainly of greater importance, for, as a result of this settlement, we and our civilizations exist today.

…The "Epic of Creation" informs us that the "gods" came to Earth following a deliberate decision by their leader. The Babylonian version, attributing the decision to Marduk, explains that he waited until Earth’s soil dried and hardened sufficiently to permit landing and construction operations. Then Marduk announced his decision to the group of astronauts:

In the deep Above,
where you have been residing,
"The Kingly House of Above" have I built.
Now, a counterpart of it
I shall build in The Below.

Marduk then explained his purpose:

When from the Heavens
for assembly you shall descend,
there shall be a restplace for the night
to receive you all.
I will name it "Babylon"-
The Gateway of the Gods.

…Earth was thus not merely the object of a visit or a quick, exploratory stay; it was to be a permanent "home away from home."

…As the Nefilim searched for an additional "home," Earth must have struck them favorably. Its blue hues indicated it had life-sustaining water and air; its browns disclosed firm land; its greens, vegetation and the basis for animal life. Yet when the Nefilim family voyaged to Earth, it must have looked somewhat different from the way it does to our astronauts today. For when the Nefilim first came to Earth, Earth was in the midst of an ice age – a glacial period that was on the icing and de-icing phases of Earth’s climate:

Early glaciation: begun some 600,000 years ago
First warming (interglacial period): 550,000 years ago
Second glacial period: 480,000 to 430,000 years ago.

…When the Nefilim first landed on Earth some 450,000 years ago, about a third of Earth’s land area was covered with ice sheets and glaciers.

Mr. Sitchin expands on other Earth conditions, like the depth of the waters was different than today, and more. Then, he continues:

…They searched, no doubt, for a place with a relatively temperate climate, where simple shelters would suffice and where they could move about in light working clothes rather than in heavily insulated suits. They must also have searched for water for drinking, washing, and industrial purposes, as well as to sustain the plant and animal life needed for food.

…The attention of the Nefilim, now we know, focused on three major river systems and their plains: The Nile, the Indus, and the Tigris-Euphrates. Each of these river basins was suitable for early colonization; each, in time, became the center of an ancient civilization.

…The Nefilim, judging by the Sumerian practice and records, made extensive use of petroleum and its derivatives; it stands to reason that in their search for the most suitable habitat on Earth, the Nefilim would prefer a site rich in petroleum.

…The Land of the Two Rivers, Mesopotamia, was doubtless put in first place. Some of the world’s richest oil fields stretch from the tip of the Persian Gulf to the mountains where the Tigris and Euphrates originate.

…The Book of Genesis describes God’s abode on Earth – Eden – as a place of temperate climate….. "It was a place that drew its waters from a network of four rivers…

…While opinions regarding the identity of the first two rivers, Pishon ("abundant") and Gihon ("which gushes forth") are inconclusive, there is no uncertainty regarding the other two rivers the Tigris and the Euphrates

…The biblical name Eden is of Mesopotamian origin, stemming from the Akkadian Edinu, meaning "plain." We recall that the "divine" title of the ancient gods was DIN.GIR ("the righteous/just one of the rockets"). A Sumerian name for the gods’ abode, E.DIN, would have meant "home of the righteous ones" – a fitting description.

Mr. Sitchin mentions as well that the Nefilim at times would land in a splash down, and they would choose what today is the Arabian Sea (the western part of the Indian Ocean), the astronauts were prepared with special suits. Their craft were initially termed "celestial boats."

…Why would the Nefilim splash down in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from their selected site in Mesopotamia, instead of the Persian Gulf, which is so much closer? The ancient reports indirectly confirm the second glacial period, when today’s Persian Gulf was not a sea but a stretch of marshlands and shallow lakes, in which a splashdown was impossible.

…In Mesopotamia they established their very first settlement on our planet. They named it E.RI.DU ("house in far away built"). What an appropriate name!


Large Ice Fields The Patagonian Glaciers, these two radar images were taken five and a half months apart by Space Shuttle Endeavour.


Views from Space of Nile River.


Views from Space of Nile River.


Indus River.


Indus River.


Euphrates crossing Syria.


Euphrates crossing Turkey.


Oil Spills in the Arabian Sea.


Persian Gulf seen from Space.


Northern end of Persian Gulf, seen from Space.


Persian Gulf , Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, from Space.


Lower Pool of Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring.


The Arabian Sea spans the Horizon from the western part of Pakistan.


Indian Ocean off Kenya.


Sunset over Indian Ocean.


Wall of Babylonian Archaeological Ruins. Capital of the former Mesopotamian Empire.

Earth Station I; Work on the Land; Nippur, Mission Control Site; Sophisticated Instruments and Weapons:

…At Eridu, in southern Mesopotamia, the Nefilim established Earth Station I, a lonely outpost on a half-frozen planet.

…A Sumerian text, believed to have been the original of the Akkadian "Deluge Tablets," relates the following regarding five of the first seven cities (Only part of the text given here):

The first of the cities, ERIDU,
he gave to Nudimmud, the leader,
The second, BAD-TIBIRA,
he gave to Nugig.
The third, LARAK,
he gave to Pabilsag.
The fourth, SIPPAR,
he gave to the hero, Utu.
The fifth, SHURUPPAK,
he gave to Sud.

…The name of the god who lowered Kingship from Heaven, planned the establishment of Eridu, and four other cities, and appointed their governors or commanders, is unfortunate obliterated. All the texts agree, however, that the god who waded ashore to the edge of the marshlands and said: "Here we settle" was Enki, nicknamed "Nudimmud" ("he who made things") in the text.

…This god’s two names – EN.KI ("lord of firm ground") and E.A ("whose house is water") – were most appropriate.

…Some of the works performed on the land and water were:

the cleaning of the small rivers,
drain the marshes,
obtain cleaner, potable water,
implement controlled irrigation
landfillings or the raising of dikes to protect the first houses from the omnipresent waters.

…Many other works were recorded in a poem: here are some:

He marked the marshland,
placed in it carp . . . – fish;
He marked the cane thicket,
placed in it . . . – reeds and green-reeds.
Enbilulu, the Inspector of Canals,
he placed in charge of the marshlands.

Him who set net so no fish escapes,
whose trap no . . . escapes,
whose snare no bird escapes,
…the son of . . . a god who loves fish
Enki placed in charge of fish and birds.

Enkimdu, the one of the ditch and dike,
Enki placed in charge of ditch and dike.

Him whose . . . mold directs,
Kulla, the brick maker of the Land,
Enki placed in charge of mold and brick.

…The Sumerian king lists indicate that Enki and his first group of Nefilim remained alone on Earth for quite a while: Eight shar’s (28,000 years) passed before the second commander or "settlement chief" was named.

…Interesting light is shed on the subject as we examine the astronomical evidence.

A serious study is also offered taking in consideration the passing of the constellations. Mr. Sitchin continues:

…If Enki landed on Earth – as we believe – at the start of an Age of Piscis, witnessed a precessional shift to Aquarius, and stayed through a Great Year (25,920 years) until an Age of Capricorn began, then he was indeed in sole command on Earth the purported 28,000 years.

The book continues with more study and conclusions;

…But while Enki was enduring the hardships of a pioneer on Earth, Anu and his other son Enlil were watching the developments from the Twelfth Planet. The Mesopotamian texts make it clear that the one who was really in charge of the Earth Mission was Enlil; and as soon as the decision was made to proceed with the mission, Enlil himself descended to Earth. For him a special settlement or base named Larsa was built by EN.KI.DU.NU ("Enki digs deep"). When Enlil took personal charge of the place, he was nicknamed ALIM ("ram"), coinciding with the "age" of the zodiacal constellation Aries.

Larsa launched a new phase in the settlement of Earth by the Nefilim. It marked the decision to proceed with the tasks for which they had come to Earth, which required the shipping to Earth of more "manpower," tools, and equipment, and the return of valuable cargoes to the Twelfth Planet.

…From Larsa Enlil proceeded to establish a "Mission Control Center" – a sophisticated command post from which the Nefilim from Earth could coordinate space journeys to and from their home planet.

…The site Enlil selected for this purpose, known for millennia as Nippur, was named by him NIBRU.KI ("Earth’s crossing").

Sophisticated instruments in Nippur:

…a "lifted ‘eye’ which scans the land"
…a "lifted beam which searches the heart of all the land."

Awesome weapons:

…"Its sight is awesome fear, dread"; from "its outside no mighty god can approach." Its "arm" was a "vast net," and in its midst there crouched a "fast-stepping bird," a "bird" whose "hand" the wicked and the evil could not escape. Was the place protected by some death ray, by an electronic power field? Was there in its center a helicopter pad, a "bird" so swift no one outrun its reach?

Other features were:

…"the dark, crownlike chamber" …where stars charts were kept; where the me (astronaut’s communications) were received and instructed from.

…Archaic Sumerian pictographs show a structure of a high tower of antennas rising from it, as well as a contraption that looks very much like the giant radar nets erected nowadays for capturing and emitting signals – the "vast net" described in the texts.


Marshland in Africa. Enki… marked the marshland… as mentioned in The 12th Planet.


Arial view of a Marshland.


Sculpture of man holding a carp, Prague, Czechoslovakia. It brings to mind… (Enki) placed carp in the marsh according to a Sumerian poem…


Marsh reeds


He (Enki) placed in it (the marsh) reeds…


Enlil’s “awesome weapons,” are likened to Radar and Radio Dishes, “the net” in whose center there appeared to be like the likeness of a “fast-stepping bird.”


Enlil’s “awesome weapons,” are likened to Radar and Radio Dishes, “the net” in whose center there appeared to be like the likeness of a “fast-stepping bird.”


Radio Dish


Radio Dish

The Spaceport at Sippar; The ancient symbol of "Target":

…While these centers were being established (the seven cities), the completion of Nippur was followed by the construction of the spaceport of the Nefilim on Earth. The text made clear that Nippur was the place where the "words" – commands – were uttered: There, when Enlil commanded: "Towards Heaven!"… that which shines forth rose like a sky rocket." But the action itself took place "where Shamash rises," and that place – the "Cape Kennedy" of the Nefilim – was Sippar, the city in the charge of the Chief of the Eagles, (Shamash, Enlil’s grandson) where multistage rockets were raised within its special enclave, the "sacred precinct."

…Completing the list of the first seven cities of the Gods and the correspondence with the twelve zodiac constellations was Larak, where Enlil put his son Ninurta in command. The city list calls him PA.BIL.SAG ("great protector"); it is the same name by which the constellation Sagitarius was called.

…It would be unrealistic to assume that the first seven Cities of the Gods were established haphazardly. These "gods" who were capable of space travel, located the first settlements in accordance with a definite plan, serving a vital need: to be able to land on Earth and to leave Earth for their own planet.

…What was the master plan?

…As we searched for an answer, we asked ourselves a question: What is the origin of Earth’s astronomical and astrological symbol, a circle bisected by a right-angle cross – the symbol we use to signify "target."

…The symbol goes back to the origin of astronomy and astrology in Sumer and is identical with the Egyptian hieroglyphic sign for "place."

…Is this a coincidence, or significant evidence? Did the Nefilim land on Earth by superimposing on its image or map some kind of "target"?

Mr. Sitchin explains that Mt. Ararat, from which two picks arise, Little Ararat and Great Ararat, like two shining beacons, permanently snow-covered, plus other features in the surrounding areas, served the Nefilim as landing site; plus coordinations of south-north meridian, and the convenience of a river location.

…A meridian drawn through the center of the twin-peaked Ararat bisected the Euphrates. That was the target – the site selected for the space port.

Explaining the possibilities, Mr. Sitchin confirms three questions:

…To the question of "could one easily land and take off there? The answer was Yes.

…Could astronauts and materials be brought there without too much difficulty? The answer was Yes.

…Was there a nearby source of energy, of fuel for light and power? The answer was an emphatic Yes.

…The bend in the Euphrates River where Sippar was to be established was on of the richest known sources in antiquity of surface bitumens, petroleum products that seeped up through natural wells and could be collected from the surface without any deep digging or drilling.

…In Near Eastern languages, the name, Sippar, means "bird." Sippar was the place where the Eagles would come to nest.

…How would the space shuttles glide down to Sippar?

By navigation, using the familiar Earth features, which had in fact had been:

…drawn on a ceramic unearthed at Susa, in a stratum dated to about 3,200 B.C. This shows:

…A triangle of waters and mountains on each side, pointing like an arrow toward Sippar. An "X" would mark Nippur, in the center.

…It brings to mind the planisphere (see CH. 9) that described the flight path and procedures, which was based on 45-degree segments.

Because the tablet of the "Target" is so incredible, Mr. Sitchin explains:

…Incredible as it may seem, this sketch was not made by us…

…This we believe, was the master plan of the Nefilim. Having selected the best location for their spaceport (Sippar), they laid out the other settlements in a pattern outlining the vital flight path to it. In the center they placed Nippur, where the "bond Heaven-Earth" was located"


TARGET – This photo is of the Space Station Mir. But the symbol of “target,” the “cross” in the center for docking, is exactly the same used in the ancient charts for landing, found at Susa, and believed to have belonged to Enlil and the “astronauts” under Enlil’s command.


View of satellite Eureka as it flies over Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center), taken from shuttle Atlantis. It recalls Sitchin’s The 12th Planet: “Enlil commanded “Toward Heaven”; that which shines forth rose like a sky rocket…”


Rockets on display. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Ark of the Covenant; "Black Boxes"; Ziggurats:

Mr. Sitchin takes times to explain the many instruments the Sumerians had possessed in their Spaceport and at the "Mission Control" in Nippur. Some of these instruments bring to mind the Ark of the Covenant.

Mr. Sitchin comments:

…These "black boxes", when we see what they look like, bring to mind the Ark of the Covenant built by Moses under God’s instructions. The chest was to be made of wood, overlaid with gold both inside and outside – two electrical-conducting surfaces were insulated by the wood between them. A kapporeth, also made of gold, was to be placed above the chest and held up by two cherubim cast of solid gold. The nature of the kapporeth (meaning, scholars speculate "covering") is not clear; but this verse from Exodus suggests its purpose: "And I will address thee from above the Kapporeth, from between the two Cherubim."

…The implication that the Ark of the Covenant was principally a communication box, electrically operated, is enhanced by the instructions concerning its portability. It was to be carried by means of wooden staffs passed through four golden rings. No one was to touch the chest proper; and when one Israelite did touch it he was killed instantly – as if by a charge of high-voltage electricity.

…Such apparently supernatural equipment – which made it possible to communicate with a deity though the deity was physically somewhere else – became objects of veneration, "sacred cult symbols." Temples at Lagash, Ur, Mari, and other ancient sites included among their devotional objects "eye idols." The most outstanding example was found at an "eye temple" at Tell Brak, in northwestern Mesopotamia. This fourth-millennium temple was so named not only because hundreds of "eye" symbols were unearthed there but mainly because the temple’s inner sanctum had only one altar, on which a huge stone "double eye" was displayed.

…In all probability, it was a simulation of the actual divine object – Ninurta’s "terrible eye," or the one at Enlil’s Mission Control Center at Nippur, about which the ancient scribe reported: "His raised eye scans the land … His raised Beam searches the land."

Mr. Sitchin continues on to explain the building of the ziggurats, their measurements, and the probable relation with the distances and locations of the Cities of the Gods:

…But were the ziggurats raised only to observe the stars and planets, or were they also meant to serve the spacecraft of the Nefilim? All the ziggurats were oriented so that their corners pointed exactly north, south, east, west. As a result, their sides run precisely at 45-degrees angles to the four cardinal directions. This meant that a space shuttle coming in for a landing could follow certain sides of the ziggurat exactly along the flight path – and reach Sippar without difficulty.

…Even scholars who have approached the subject without our "space" interpretation could not escape the conclusion that the ziggurats had some purpose other than to make the god’s abode a "high rise" building. Samuel N. Kramer summed up the scholastic consensus: The ziggurat, the stagetower, which became the hallmark of Mesopotamian temple architecture … was intended to serve as a connecting link, both real and symbolic, between the gods in heaven and the mortals on earth.

…We have shown, however, that the function of these structures was to connect the gods in Heaven with the gods – not the mortals – on Earth

Continue to Chapter 11: Mutiny Of The Anunnaki


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