Fallen Angels, Anunnaki, Nephelim, Watchers – The Shining Ones from Ancient Mesopotamia
Fallen Angels, Anunnaki, Nephelim, Watchers – The Shining Ones from Ancient Mesopotamia
The early records of The Shining Ones can be found in 5 basic sources:
- Sumerian tablets from 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 bane 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 which 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 centre for learning and training of 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 constantly nurtured by her milk and they called her "the great Mother Goddess of Moon".
Son 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 more difficult 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 chief authority, became universal "Father God", which was depicted in 3000 BC from city of Uruk, for which it was said that he founded.
A lot of detail is not clear, regarding the lineages, same as 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 further more 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 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 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 clear picture of everything and there are still some grey areas. However, one of the examples of this connection is 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 Essens 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. What Elohim is plural of the word El. El means is "Shine". Semitic word El we can also find in many other ancient languages. E.g. 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 the plural) should be translated as "the ones who are shining". This is the most used term for God in Old Testament. If we switch the term "Lord" with "the Shining One" while reading the Bible, we will notice significant difference in the text and we will see and read the Bible as it was originally 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 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 description how Nephilims mixed with indigenous people of surrounding area:
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:
All of this was seen as disturbance of the laws that were laid down by the Shining Ones which were possessive about their ancient knowledge. Chapter nine:
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 were fallen" which 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.
We already discovered that race of Giants was mentioned in the Bible – Nephilim (Genenisi 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, for which the stories from Mesopotamia and the Book of Enoch tells us, was result of war in "heaven" caused by mixing of Watchers with women from 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:
Word that was used here for 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 they could prepare for invasion. These spies discovered giant living there which they reported to Moses.
Word used for giants was Nephilim, which was also used 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 specific 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.
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.
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 that is decribed as slow or stupid is contradictory with ancient symbolism. This is maybe an attempt of 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 symbol of wisdom, authority and even divinity. This was the reason why all Egyptian rules had beards, either fake or 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 really 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.