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15 facts about the Sumerian King List: When GODS ruled Earth

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15 facts about the Sumerian King List: When GODS ruled Earth

Among the numerous ancient texts, manuscripts and scrolls that completely disagree with mainstream history –or at least offer a complementary view— we find the ancient Sumerian King list which according to many is one of the most mysterious and important ancient texts ever discovered on Earth.

Why? Because it suggests that the ancient rulers had implausible lengthy reigns:

“…Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years. Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira. In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years…”

This ancient text describes in great detail a time when Earth was ruled by beings referred to as ‘Gods’ for thousands of years.

The list composed in Ancient Sumerian offers details about numerous generations of kings that ruled over the land of ancient Sumer. The list not only offers us their names, but it details their supposed length and location of Kingship.

In this article, we bring you 15 mind-boggling facts about the Ancient Sumerian King list.

The Sumerian King List: “1-39 After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years. Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira. In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years. En-men-gal-ana ruled for 28800 years. Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. 3 kings; they ruled for 108000 years. Then Bad-tibira fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Larag. In Larag, En-sipad-zid-ana ruled for 28800 years. 1 king; he ruled for 28800 years. Then Larag fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Zimbir. In Zimbir, En-men-dur-ana became king; he ruled for 21000 years. 1 king; he ruled for 21000 years. Then Zimbir fell (?) and the kingship was taken to Curuppag. In Curuppag, Ubara-Tutu became king; he ruled for 18600 years. 1 king; he ruled for 18600 years. In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241200 years. Then the flood swept over.”


The Ancient Sumerian king list provides a comprehensive list of the Sumerian Kings from the beginning, before the great flood, and the 10 kings who lived before the Flood who lived for thousands of years.


The first part of the Sumerian King List reads: “…After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years. Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira. In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years. En-men-gal-ana ruled for 28800 years. Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. 3 kings; they ruled for 108000 years…”


Fragments of the Sumerian Kind list were discovered in 1900’s by German-American researcher Hermann Hilprecht at Nippur.


After 1906, 18 other lists have been discovered dating from the second half of the Isin dynasty.


There are more than a dozen of copies of Sumerian King Lists, found in Babylon, Susa, and Assyria, and the Royal Library of Nineveh from the VII century BC.


The best-preserved specimen of the Sumerian King List is called the Weld-Blundell Prism, which is a clay, cuneiform inscribed vertical prism housed in the Ashmolean Museum.


Mainstream scholars suggest that the Ancient Sumerian King list is a mixture of prehistorical and mythological accounts.


Scholars are unable to explain why the unique list blends mythical pre-dynastic rulers with historical rulers.


The list is only partially accepted in the academic community. Experts claim that some of the accounts are myths while other are genuine.


The Sumerian King list suggests that Ancient kings had implausible lengthy reigns, which has led many to conclude its not real.


Experts argue that the antediluvian reigns described in the Sumerian King list were measured in Sumerian numerical units known as sars (units of 3,600), need (units of 600), and sosses (units of 60).


Researchers have mixed feelings about the Sumerian King list. The mind-boggling lengthy reigns described in the SumerianKing list has led to the creation of countless theories trying to explain the implausible lengthy reigns.


Some scholars argue that the years of reign described in the Sumerian King list were not actual years, but are a reflection of the importance of the king.


The more years the king ‘ruled’ the more important He was to history in the eyes of mortal humans.


The only problem with this theory is that no one can explain why the period of reign was switched to realistic numbers afterward.


Featured image by Julian-Faylona

7 Comments
  • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

    It’s discredited because of the lengthy reigns?
    So what’s to say that just because modern scholars and scientists cannot fathom a human living for so long doesn’t mean it didn’t happen?
    The list is part true, part mythology? Wow, like our presidential list where. in between Teddy Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland we find Aragorn, son of Arathorn….and between John Adams and Zachary Taylor we will find Prince Caspian of Narnia…so our list should be dismissed.
    Look, either you believe these people ruled for extremely long times because they were not of this Earth and not of human origination, or you poopooh the whole thing.
    Mainstream science would rather poo…

    • I find it fascinating that we take ancient texts like this for granted, and even though we haven not even properly understood it, we dismiss most of it because in our modern day view, something like this is impossible.

      • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

        So very true, Ivan. People believe in the Bible, but yet cannot handle the ages of Adam, Methuselah, Noah…all pre-flood patriarchs. It was a different age, a much different human, than today. For mainstream man today, longevity is somewhere between 60 and 90….not 600 and 900. It’s too much for people to understand, therefore “scientists” dismiss it.

  • Cosmo Ruckaz

    the Sumerians wrote down the histories as if they were actual events. Its modern historians who cant accept the story that is the problem. The Sumerians were very specific about who was on earth during those times, and how we were created.

  • Deepak

    I think the sumerians knew what they are recording about.It would be very wrong if consider ourselves baselines for everything.Many civilizations existed on earth before us and probably more advanced than us.We are just a phase among the many phases that has come before us and will come after us.

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  • Bret Maltzon

    The first part of the Sumerian King List reads: “…After the kingship
    descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug.
    In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years. Alaljar ruled
    for 36000 years.( 36 years) 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years.(64.8 years) Then Eridug fell
    and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira.
    In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years.(43.2 years) En-men-gal-ana ruled
    for 28800 years.(28.8 years) Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. ( 36 years)3 kings;
    they ruled for 108000 years…(108 years) DUH??”

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