The Deluge, a traumatic experience for Mankind, was so no less for the "gods" – the Nefilim.
…An effort of 120 shar’s was wiped away overnight. The south African mines, the cities in Mesopotamia, the control center at Nippur, the spaceport at Sippar – all lay buried under water and mud. Hovering in their shuttlecraft above devastated Earth, the Nefilim impatiently awaited the abatement of the waters so that they could set foot on solid ground.
…How were they going to survive henceforth on Earth when their cities and facilities had gone, and even their manpower – Mankind – was totally destroyed?
…When the frightened, exhausted, and hungry groups of Nefilim finally landed on the peaks of "Mount of Salvation," they were clearly relieved to discover that Man and beast alike had not perished completely. Even Enlil, at first enraged to discover that his aims had been partly frustrated, soon changed his mind.
…The deity’s decision was a practical one. Faced with their own dire conditions, the Nefilim cast their inhibitions about Man, rolled up their sleeves, and lost no time in imparting to Man the art of growing crops and cattle. Since survival, no doubt, depended with the speed with which agriculture and animal domestication could be developed to sustain the Nefilim and a rapidly multiplying Mankind, the Nefilim applied their advanced scientific knowledge to the task.
…"Sowing and Harvesting" were described in Genesis as divine gifts granted to Noah and his offspring as part of the post-Diluvial covenant between the Deity and Mankind:
For as long as the Earth’s days shall be,
There shall not cease
Sowing and Harvesting,
Cold and Warmth,
Summer and Winter,
Day and Night.
…The Sumerian texts, too, ascribed to the gods the granting to Mankind of both agriculture and the domestication of animals.
…Tracing the beginnings of agriculture, modern scholars have found that it appeared first in the Near East, but not in fertile and easily cultivated plains and valleys. Rather, agriculture began in the mountains skirting the low-lying plains in a semicircle.
…The only plausible answer is that the low-lying lands were, at the time when agriculture began, uninhabitable.
…The Sumerian texts state that Enlil first spread cereals "in the hill country…" The name of this mountainous land east of Sumer, E.LAM, meant "house where vegetation germinated." Later, two of Enlil’s helpers, the gods Ninazu and Ninmada, extended the cultivation of cereals to the low-lying plains so that, eventually, "Sumer, the land that knew not grain, came to know grain."
Mr. Sitchin explains thereon that for the rapid appearance of grains, as wheat and barley, (domesticated wild emmer), it would have taken thousands of generations of genetic selection by nature:
…Yet the period, time, or location in which such a gradual and very prolonged process might have taken place on Earth are nowhere to be found.
…There is no explanation for this botanogenetic miracle, unless the process was not one of natural selection but of artificial manipulation.
…Spelt, a hard-grained type of wheat, poses an even greater mystery…" "It is definitely the result of mixing the genes of several plants. The whole notion that Man, in a few thousand years, changed animals through domestication, is also questionable.
…Modern scholars have no answers to these puzzles, nor to the general question of why the mountainous semicircle in the ancient Near East became a continuous source of new varieties of cereals, plants, trees, fruits, vegetables, and domesticated animals.
…The Sumerians knew the answer. The seeds, they said, were a gift sent to Earth by Anu from his Celestial Abode. Wheat, barley, and hemp were lowered to Earth from the Twelfth Planet. Agriculture and the domestication of animals were gifts given to Mankind by Enlil and Enki, respectively.
…It appears that the Nefilim, passing knowledge to Man in measured doses, did so in intervals matching the periodic returns of the Twelfth Planet to Earth’s vicinity…
…The Epic of Etana provides a glimpse of the deliberation that took place. In the days that followed the Deluge, it says:
The great Anunnaki who decree the fate
sat exchanging their counsels regarding the land.
They who created the four regions,
who set up the settlements, who oversaw the land,
were too lofty for Mankind.
…As a bridge between themselves as lords and Mankind, they introduced "Kingship" on Earth: appointing a human ruler who would assure Mankind’s service to the gods and channel the teachings and laws of the gods to the people.
…A text dealing with the subject describes the situation before either tiara or crown had been placed on a human head, or scepter handed down; all these symbols of Kingship – plus the shepherd’s crook – the symbol of righteousness and justice – "lay deposited before Anu in Heaven." After the gods had reached their decision, however, Kingship descended from "Heaven to Earth."
…Both Sumerian and Akkadian texts state that the Nefilim retained the "lordship" over the lands, and had Mankind first rebuild the pre-diluvial cities exactly where they had originally been… Eridu, then, was first to be rebuilt.
…The Nefilim then helped the people plan and build the first royal city, and they blessed it. "May the city be the nest, the place where Mankind shall repose. May the King be a Shepherd."
…The first royal city of Man, the Sumerian texts tell us, was Kish.
…The Sumerian king’s list, unfortunately, are mutilated just where the name of the very first human king was inscribed.
By deduction, Mr. Sitchin mentions, that from the biblical Table of Nations listed is Nimrud the patriarch of the kingdoms at Uruk, Akkad, Babylon, and Assyria – as descended from Kish.
After Noah, three regions became of concern to the great Anunnaki, Mesopotamia and the Near Eastern lands, where Shem and descendants settled. Africa and parts of Arabia, where Ham and descendants settled. Japhet, and descendants, the Indo-Europeans in Asia Minor, Iran, India, and Europe.
Mr. Sitchin also gives the main points of the development of each subsequent civilization as they flourished. But in the Epic of Etana, it is mentioned "four regions," so which is the fourth region?
…Three of them – Mesopotamia, the Nile valley, and the Indus valley – were settled by Man.
…The fourth region was "holy" – a term whose original meaning was "dedicated, restricted." Dedicated to the gods alone, it was a "pure land," an area that could be approached only with authorization; trespassing could lead to quick death by "awesome weapons" wielded by fierce guards. This land or region was named TIL.MUN (literally, "the place of the missiles"). It was the restricted area where the Nefilim had reestablished their space base after the one at Sippar had been wiped out by the Deluge.
…Once again the area was placed under the command of Utu/Shamash. The one in charge of the Eagles.
…But where was this elusive land of the divine connection?
The question can be answered. The clues are there. But beyond it loom other questions. Have the Nefilim been encountered ever since? What will happen if and when they are encountered again?
…And if the Nefilim were the "gods" who "created" Man on Earth, did evolution alone, on the Twelfth Planet, create the Nefilim?