Chapter 10: The Prisoner in the Pyramid

…The incident of the Tower of Babel brought to an unexpected end the longest era of Peace on Earth that Man can recall. The chain of tragic events the incident had triggered had, we believe, a direct bearing on the Great Pyramid and its mysteries…

…To the many enigmas pertaining to the construction and purpose of the Great Pyramid at Giza, two more were added after its completion. All theories concerning them, having been based on the assumption of a royal burial as the pyramid’s purpose, have been flawed and wanting. We believe that the answers lie not in the tales of the Pharaohs, but in the tales of the gods.

At this point Mr. Sitchin writes several pages detailing the construction of the Pyramid; however, despite of this section (in the book) being more updated, the reader of previous books in this series, would be, by now, familiar with many of such details, therefore, I will skip several pages from Book 3 and continue with this chapter’s Prisoner story:

…That Marduk was imprisoned alive in the "Mountain Tomb," there is no doubt; texts that have been found and authoritatively translated attest to that. Other Mesopotamian texts throw light on the nature of his offense. Altogether enable us to arrive at a plausible reconstruction of the events.

…Evicted from Babylon and Mesopotamia, Marduk returned to Egypt. He promptly established himself in Heliopolis, enhancing its role as his "cult center" by assembling his celestial memorabilia in a special shrine, to which Egyptians made pilgrimages for a long time thereafter.

…But seeking to reestablish his hegemony over Egypt, Marduk found that things had changed since he left Egypt to attempt his coup d’etat in Mesopotamia. Though Thoth, we gather, did not put up a struggle for supremacy, and Nergal and Gibil were far from the center of power, a new rival had emerged in the interim: Dumuzi. That younger son of Enki, his domain bordering Upper Egypt, was emerging as a pretender to the throne of Egypt.

…And behind his ambitions was none other than his bride Inanna/Ishtar – another cause for Marduk’s suspicions and dislike.

…The tale of Dumuzi and Inanna – he a son of Enki, she a granddaughter of Enlil – reads like an ancient tale of Romeo and Juliet. Like Shakespeare’s drama, it, too, ended in tragedy, death, and revenge.

…The texts amply identified this god. As in the Ninurta texts, he is called A.ZAG and nicknamed the Great Serpent – a name and a derogatory Enlilite epithet for Marduk. His hiding place is also clearly identified as "the E.KUR, whose walls awesomely reach the skies," the Great Pyramid.

…The record of the trial and sentencing of Marduk is available from a fragmentary text published by the Babylonian Section of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The extant lines begin where the gods had surrounded the pyramid, and a god chosen to be a spokesman addressed Marduk "in his enclosure"; "the one who was evil he implored." Marduk was moved by the message: "Despite the anger of his heart, clear tears came into his eyes"; and he agreed to come out and stand trial.

…In sentencing Marduk the mystery of Dumuzi’s death posed a problem. That Marduk was responsible for his death there was no doubt. But was it premeditated or accidental? Marduk deserved a death sentence, but what if his crime was not deliberate?

…Standing there, in sight of the pyramids, with Marduk fresh out of his hiding place, the solution dawned on Inanna… There was a way to sentence Marduk to death without actually executing him, she said: Let him be buried alive within the Great Pyramid! Let him be sealed there like in a gigantic envelope…

…The judging gods accepted her suggestions: "The mistress art thou… The fate thou decreest: let it be so!" Assuming that Anu would go along with the verdict, "the gods then placed the command to Heaven and Earth." The Ekur, the Great Pyramid, had become a prison; and one of the epithets of its mistress was, thereafter, "Mistress of the Prison."

…It was then, we believe, that the sealing of the Great Pyramid was completed. Leaving Marduk alone in the King’s Chamber, the arresting gods released behind them the granite plugs of the Ascending Passage, irrevocably blocking tight all access to the upper chambers and passages.

…Through the channels leading from the "King’s Chamber" to the north and south faces of the pyramid, Marduk had air to breathe, but he had neither food nor water. He was buried alive, doomed to die in agony.

…The record of Marduk’s entombment, alive, within the Great Pyramid has been preserved on clay tablets found in the ruins of Ashur and Nineveh, the ancient Assyrian capitals. The Ashur text suggests that it had served as a script for a New Year’s mystery play in Babylon that reenacted the god’s suffering and reprieve. But neither the Babylonian version, nor the Sumerian historical text on which the script was based, have so far been found.

Hienrich Zimmern, who transcribed and translated the Ashur text from clay tablets in the Berlin Museum, created quite a stir in theological circles when he announced its interpretation at a lecture in September 1921. The reason was that he interpreted it as a pre-Christian Mysterium dealing with the death and resurrection of a god, and thus an earlier Christ tale. When Stephen Langdon included an English translation in his 1923 volume on the Mesopotamian New Year Mystery Texts, he titled the text the Death and Resurrection of Bel-Marduk and highlighted its parallels to the New Testament tale of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

…But, as the text relates, Marduk or Bel ("The Lord") did not die; he was indeed incarcerated inside The Mountain as in a tomb; but he was entombed alive.

The drama, which is played by actors is explained in the book "The Wars of Gods and Men." Towards the end of the play:

…As a gesture of good will, Gula (the spouse of Ninurta) sends to Sarpanit (the sister-wife of Marduk) new clothing and sandals for Marduk; Marduk’s driverless chariot also appears. But Sarpanit is dumbfounded: she cannot understand how Marduk can be free again if he had been imprisoned in a tomb that cannot be unsealed: "How can they let him free, the one who cannot come out?"

…Nusku, the divine messenger, tells her that Marduk shall pass through SA.BAD, the "chiseled upper opening." He explains that it is:

Dalat biri sha iqabuni ilani
A doorway-shaft which the gods will bore;

Shunu itasrushu ina biti etarba
Its vortex they will lift off,
his abode they shall reenter.

Dalta ina panishu etedili
The door which was barred before him

Shunu hurrate ina libbi dalti uptalishu
At the vortex of the hollowing, into the insides,
a doorway they shall twistingly bore;

Qarabu ina libbi uppushu
Getting near, into its midst they will break through.

…This description of how Marduk shall be released has remained meaningless to scholars; but the verses are explosively meaningful to us. As we have explained, the irregular and twisting segment C of the Well Shaft had not existed when the pyramid was completed and when Marduk was imprisoned within it; it was, instead, the very "doorway-shaft which the gods will bore" to rescue Marduk.

Going back a few pages on the book:

…The Well Shaft is made up of seven distinct segments, from A to G:

The upper horizontal segment (A) leading from the Grand Gallery to a vertical segment (B) which connects via a twisting segment (C) with a lower vertical segment (D).

A long, straight, but sharply inclined segment (E) then follows, leading into a shorter segment (F) inclined at a different angle. At the end of (F), a segment intended to be horizontal but, in fact, lightly slanting (G) then connects the Well Shaft with the Descending Passage.

The explanation above, is to give a very rough idea of what Mr. Sitchin is talking about, when he mentions "segment C." Certainly on his book, minute details have been given accompanied by graphics of the pyramid.

…Still familiar with the pyramid’s inner layout, the Anunnaki realized that the shortest and quickest way to reach the starved Marduk was to tunnel the connecting shaft between the existing segment "B" and "D" – a tunneling of a mere thirty-two feet through the relatively soft limestone blocks; it was a task that could be achieved not in days but in hours.

…Removing the stone that covered the Well Shaft’s entrance from the Descending Passage to "G," the rescuers quickly climbed up inclined segments "F" and "E." Where "E" connected with vertical segment "D," a granite stone covered the entrance in the "Grotto"; it was pushed aside – and still lies there, in the Grotto. Now the rescuers climbed the short distance up segment "D," and faced the first course of the pyramid’s masonry.

…Thirty-two feet above but to the side lay the bottom of vertical segment "B" and the way into the Grand Gallery. But who could have known how to bore a twisting connecting shaft -"C"- except those who had built the pyramid, knew of its sealed-off upper sections, and had the plans to locate them?

…It was the rescuers of Marduk, we suggest, who used their tools to break through the limestone blocks, the link between "D" and "B": "a hollowing into its insides they shall twistingly bore," in the words of the ancient text.

…Achieving the link up with "B," they clambered to the short, horizontal passage "A." There, any stranger would have stopped short even if he had gone that far up, for all he would have seen would be a stone wall – solid masonry. Again, we suggest, that only the Anunnaki, who had the pyramid’s plan, could have known that beyond the stone facing them there lay the immense cavity of the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s Chamber, and all the other upper chambers and passages of the pyramid.

…To gain access to those chambers and passages it was necessary to remove the wedgelike ramp stone. But it was wedged too tightly and could not be moved.

…If the stone would have been moved away, it would have still been lying there, in the Grand Gallery. Instead, there is a gaping hole, and those who have examined it have invariably used the words blown up and blown open to describe what it looks like; and it was done not from the Gallery but from inside the Shaft:

"The hollow has the appearance of having been burst open by tremendous force from within" the Shaft. (Rutherford, Pyramidology).

…Again the Mesopotamian record offers a solution. The stone was indeed removed from within the horizontal passageway, because it was from there that the rescuers had arrived. And it was indeed "burst open by a tremendous force"; in the words of the ancient text, "Getting near, into its midst they will break through." The fragments of the limestone block slid down the Ascending Passage, down all the way to the granite plugs; that is where Al Mamoon’s (explorer) men found them.


The Well Shaft in the Great Pyramid.

The explosion also covered the Grand Gallery with the fine, white dust the Arabs found covering the floor of the Grand Gallery – mute evidence of the ancient explosion and the gaping hole it had left.

…Having broken through into the Grand Gallery, the rescuers led Marduk back the way they came. The entry from the Descending Passage was sealed again, to be discovered by Al Mamoon’s men. The granite plugs remained in place with the triangular junction stone hiding the plugs and the Ascending Passage for millennia. And, inside the pyramid, the original upper and lower parts of the Well Shaft were now for all future days connected by a twisting, harshly tunneled segment.

…And what of the rescued Prisoner of the pyramid?

…Mesopotamian texts relate that he went into exile; in Egypt Ra acquired the epithet Amen, "The Hidden One."

…Circa 2000 B.C., he reappeared again to claim supremacy, for that, mankind ended up paying a most bitter price.

Continue to Chapter 11: A Queen Am I

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