Fallen Angels, Anunnaki, Nephelim, Watchers – The Shining Ones from Ancient Mesopotamia
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It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them. They started saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men and let us beget children.
The Shining Ones from Ancient Mesopotamia
The early records of The Shining Ones can be found in 5 basic sources:
- Sumerian tablets from the library in Nippur where they are called by the name Annunaki (Anannage)
- In Bible, Book of Genesis, Numbers, Deuteronomy, where the name of Nephilim was given to them
- Writings in Greece that can be accounted to Babylonian priest Berossus
- The Book of Enoch, where they are mentioned by the name of Angels, Watchers, Nephilim
- Book of Jubilees
The earliest account of the beings mentioned above can be found on Sumerian tablets. Sumerians invented writing, and they also had advanced knowledge of music, poetry, art, mathematics, astronomy and science. For ancient Sumerians music, was the tool that helped them to describe the Universe.
According to Sumerian creation myth, Angels were known under the name of Anunnaki or Anannage (great sons of Anu), and they were the founders of their culture. An (Sumerian) or Anu (Akkadian) was the chief God of Sun and Sky, and his name means "The Shining One". Anunnaki were, according to this, "Suns of the Shining One" or "Suns of Light".
Anunnaki were culturally and technically advanced people who situated themselves in the slopes of Middle East around 8200 BC. Their primary goal was to establish agricultural center for learning and training of the local population. They were described as "The Shining Lords of Cultivation". The Goddess Ninlil or Ninkharsag, wife of Enlil, ruled the land. Early Sumerian described themselves as being always nurtured by her milk, and they called her "the great Mother Goddess of Moon".
Ancient Goddess Sculpture Ishtar Inanna AshtartSon of Enlil and Ninlil was the God of War Ninurta, known as Nimrod, which just like Osiris, became linked with constellation of Orion. Other gods were moon goddess Nanna and Sun God Shamash. Also, there was Inanna (Sumerian) or Ishtar (Akkadian), Shamash’s sister (or wife by some records), which was linked with Venus.
Texts on Sumerian Gods vary; in fact, they have developed over the time, which makes it even harder to understand their origin. However, we can see that these Shining Ones, who became worshiped as the Sumerian pantheon of gods and goddesses, seem to have been a dynastic ruling family or clan. An as the chief authority became universal "Father God", which was depicted in 3000 BC from the city of Uruk, for which it was said that he founded.
A lot of detail is not clear, regarding the lineages, same as the connection between sisters, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers and sons. One thing, that is clear, is that some of the deities repeat themselves continuously, like An, Enlil, Enki, Ninkharsag, Inanna and Shamash. Their character and functions will form a base for Egyptian, Greek and Roman pantheon of Gods.
The Garden of Eden
There are furthermore evidences of this connection with the Shining Ones in Sumerian tablets. Ninlil or Ninkharsag "Lady of Kharsag", wife of Enlil, asks the council of seven to create Eden (E-din) or heavenly garden. For Sumerians, E-din was "abode of rightful ones".
This is the same heavenly garden which also can be found in the Bible. The tree of life and knowledge in the biblical garden alludes to secrets of the Shining Ones. It can be associated with the "tree" of seven chakras, the "tree" which lead the Shining One into "heaven". This tree later became the "tree of life" in the esoteric system of Qabbalah. Number seven has cosmologically wide significance, and council of seven is the same as seven archangels or seven messengers from the Bible, which came from the heavens. Sumerians built their towers or Ziggurats with seven levels. It was said that the Shining deities resided at the top of Ziggurat – the "Great House" or Ekur.
In our research we looked at the different cultures which have emerged from the Shining Ones just like the connections between them. We don’t have a clear picture of everything, and there are still some grey areas. However, one of the examples of this connection is a biblical story of the Flood. This Hebrew myth is very similar to the one found in Sumerian "Epic of Gilgamesh". Furthermore, link with the Book of Genesis ends with the story of Tower of Babel (Babylon), which was at that time situated in the region of the Sumerian empire. The story in the Bible suggests that secret knowledge that was connected with the Shining Ones initially was brought in Babylon and then transferred from there.
In all of these cultures there are records of special groups that represent priesthood elite of the Shining Ones, small yet powerful group which experienced the enlightenment. In Sumeria, we found Egregore or Watchers and many other epithets which were given to them. From all of them, we can conclude that they also were the Shining Ones. The Shining Ones we can also find in Bible in which they are considered as Angels of Gods. Egyptian name Neteru can also be translated Watcher, which is also the meaning of the name Essen. The Essenes were the Hebrew sect for which it was said to stand behind the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Name Essen or "Essees" comes from Hebrew meaning "preserver" or "guardian". They also were called Watchers, "Sons of Light" and "Servants of God".
One segment of etymology pointed that Sumeria was home of the Shining Ones. The name "Sumer" comes from the word "Shumer" which, when literary translated, means "Land of the Watchers". This was no other land than Biblical land of "Shin'ar" which means "the place of the Shining Ones."
Sumerian word "El" is commonly translated as "God" and in Bible word. Elohim is sometimes wrongly translated as Lord. Elohim is plural of the word El. El means "Shine". Semitic word El we can also find in many other ancient languages. Eg. Anglo-Saxon word "Aelf" ("Elf" or "supernatural being") means "Shining being". So "El" should be translated not as God or Lord but as "the one who is shining". In the same way, Elohim (which is plural) should be translated as "the ones who are shining". This is the most used term for God in Old Testament. If we substitute the term "Lord" with "the Shining One" while reading the Bible, we will notice a significant difference in the text. Also, we will see and read the Bible as it was written and meant to be read.
Group under the name of "Nephilim" or "Watchers" had a task to guard the Garden of Eden. But, as it is written in the Book of Enoch, they started to mix with indigenous people. Enoch was Noah’s grandfather, son of Jared (Genesis, 5:18). This book is not included into canonical books today, and most of the Christian churches consider it as pseudepigrapha. However the Ethiopian Orthodox Church regards it to be canonical to this day. In chapter seven of the book, there is a description how Nephilims mixed with indigenous people of surrounding area:
It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them. They started saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men and let us beget children. Then their leader Samyaza said to them; I fear that you may perhaps be indisposed to the performance of this enterprise and that I alone shall suffer for so grievous a crime. But they answered him and said; We all swear; And bind ourselves by mutual execrations, that we will not change our intention, but execute our projected undertaking. Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon. That mountain, therefore, was called Armon, because they had sworn upon it and bound themselves by mutual execrations. These are the names of their chiefs: Samyaza, who was their leader, Urakabarameel, Akibeel, Tamiel, Ramuel, Danel, Azkeel, Saraknyal, Asael, Armers, Batraal, Anane, Zavebe, Samsaveel, Ertael, Turel, Yomyael, Arazyal. These were the prefects of the two hundred angels, and the remainders were all with them.
From this union, a hybrid race was produced, the race of Giants:
Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees. And the women conceived brought forth giants, whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; when they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; and began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood. Then the earth reproved the unrighteous.
In chapter eight there is even description how these rebels transferred knowledge and taught people in the skills of combat and how to make weapons:
Moreover Azazyel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered. Impiety increased; fornication multiplied; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways. Amazarak taught all the sorcery, and dividers of roots: Armers taught the solution of sorcery; Barkayal taught the observing of the stars, Akibeel taught signs; Tamiel taught astronomy; And Asaradel taught the motion of the moon, and men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached heaven.
All of this was seen as a disturbance of the laws that were laid down by the Shining Ones which were possessive about their ancient knowledge.
Then Michael and Gabriel, Raphael, Suryal, and Uriel, looked down from heaven, and saw the quantity of blood which was shed on earth, and all the iniquity which was done upon it, and said one to another, It is the voice of their cries; The earth deprived of her children has cried even to the gate of heaven. And now to you, O you holy one of heaven, the souls of men complain, saying, Obtain Justice for us with the Most High. Then they said to their Lord, the King, You are Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings. The throne of your glory is for ever and ever, and for ever and ever is your name sanctified and glorified. You are blessed and glorified. Obtain justice for us with. "Bring judgment to us from." You have made all things; you possess the power over all things, and all things are open and manifest before you. You behold all things, and nothing can be concealed from you. You have seen what Azazyel has done, how he has taught every species of iniquity upon the earth, and has disclosed to the world all the secret things which are done in the heavens. Samyaza also has taught sorcery, to whom you have given authority over those who are associated with him. They have gone together to the daughters of men; have lain with them; have become polluted; and have discovered crimes to them. The women likewise have brought forth giants. Thus has the whole earth been filled with blood and iniquity. And now behold the souls of those who are dead, cry out. And complain even to the gate of heaven. Their groaning ascends; nor can they escape from the unrighteousness that is committed on earth. You know all things, before they exist. You know these things, and what has been done by them; yet you do not speak to us. What on account of these things ought we to do to them?
The scribe Enoch, which was taught by the Shining Ones, was employed after that as a messenger or intermediate between the Shining Ones and the "Ones who fell". The fallen ones decided to leave their "divinity" to live amongst the people. He was sent to tell the rebels that they will be given severe punishment.
In short, the punishment was Flood. It was like the Shining Ones wanted to wash away the sins, which were created on Earth by their own kind – "The Fallen Ones".
The whole book can be downloaded here: The Book of Enoch.
In King James Bible is the first place where we can find mention of Giants:
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.
We already discovered that race of Giants was mentioned in the Bible – Nephilim (Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:32, Deuteronomy 1:28), Refaim (Joshua 12:4) and Anak (Joshua 14:15).
Most of the biblical records concerning giants speak of the times before the Flood, the great catastrophe. The stories from Mesopotamia and the Book of Enoch tells us that the flood was the result of the war in "heaven" caused by mixing of Watchers with women from the earth.
Besides Nephelims they were called – "the Fallen Ones" or fallen Watchers in the Book of Enoch, these giants were also known under the name of Anakim or Anak. They probably had a father called Arba, who was the original builder of Hebron (Genesis 35:27). Here we have a subtle link with architecture and structure.
In Deuteronomy (2:10-11), it was written:
The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.
Word that was used for a giant was Raphah, which literary translated would be "Giant". So, there existed many more giants which lived after the Flood in different areas, not only in the land of Canaanites.
In the Bible, there is also stated that after the Flood, the children of Israel were sent as spies in the land of Canaan so that they could prepare for the invasion. These scouts discovered giant living there which they reported to Moses.
Nevertheless the people are strong that dwell in the land and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men, which went up with him, said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people, that we saw in it, are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Word used for giants was Nephilim, which was also applied in Genesis 6:4, which tells us that giants survived the Flood. It seems that after that there was the second irruption of these "Fallen Angels". But this time they were fewer in number and restricted to a particular area (Canaan). They were also known as the "Nation of Canaan". Because of their destruction the swords of Israel rose.
Also, we can find that Moab was also known as the land of giants; giants lived there, and Ammonites called them Zamzummims.
That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead.
One of these giants was known under the name of Og and appeared in stories several times. He was king of Bashan. For king Og, it was supposed to have lived for 3000 years.
For only Og king of Bashan, remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
Joshua also mentions giants or Rephaims which were considered to live in times of Abraham near area of Sodom and Gomorrah.
For most of the giants we can find data that they lived under the ground (caves or underground), and that they had powers that were given to them by Earth Goddess. So, modern giant, which is described as slow or stupid, is contradictory with ancient symbolism. This is maybe an attempt of the Christian church to dissolve worship which existed in these ancient times.
Most of the giants had beard. Beard was a primary symbol of manhood and power. This symbol gradually became a symbol of wisdom, authority, and even divinity. This was the reason all Egyptian rules had beards, either fake or a real one. Queen Hatshepsut is known to have worn false beards during Egyptian state happenings. This beard was her symbol of divinity and power. The tomb masks of pharaohs were displayed with long beard which shows their divine nature after death in human body.
Apart from what we have showed here about the Shining Ones, we can find records of them in other religions and areas too, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism that predominated East. This is not apparent in Eastern religions but also in Western ones. For thousands of years, these Shining Ones worshiped the inner light inside themselves like it was Sun itself and this idea of enlightenment they carried with themselves wherever they went.
We hope that the ones who read this will ask themselves, how well do they know the world in which we all live in, about the truth that actually happened in the past and the one the history tell us. We hope you will all ask yourselves about the world in which we live today, who is really pulling all the strings and what is their connection with all past events and why some things are constantly being kept hidden from us. We hope this will provoke people to question themselves what they have been taught and to see what we take for granted. This is because in these times we constantly have new facts emerging from darkness which are showing us that there is a difference between what we know and what is just now coming out to the light.
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