“Circa 2900 B.C. Gilgamesh, a Sumerian king, refused to die.
“Five hundred years before him Etana, king of Kish, sought to achieve Immortality…
“…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 New Worlds.
“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 depictions.
“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.