The Origin of Humans according to Ancient Sumerian Texts


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Like many other creation stories from different cultures around the globe , Sumerian clay tablets tell the story of how GODS literally created and later modified mankind, creating man in their own image.

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The gods An, Enlil, Enki and Ninhursanga create the black-headed people and create comfortable conditions for the animals to live and procreate. Then kingship descends from heaven and the first cities are founded: Eridu, Bad-tibira, Larak, Sippar, and Shuruppak. Source

Around 4500 BC, in what is today modern-day Iraq, Sumer, or the land of the kings, flourished in the region where the ancient Sumerians created an extremely advanced civilization unlike any other at the time with an elaborate writing system and language of its own. This ancient civilization is considered by many scholars as one of the first advanced civilizations on the planet. Apart of an elaborate language and writing system, this ancient culture developed incredible architectural skills, arts unlike anything present anywhere else at the time and complex knowledge in mathematics, astronomy and other sciences. This ancient culture developed an incredible intricate religious system comprised of hundreds of gods and according to their ancient, sacred texts, each Ancient Sumerian city was protected by its own God at a time when Humans and Gods coexisted on Earth and lived together thousands of years ago.

Found on an ancient clay tablet that was discovered in Nippur, an ancient Mesopotamian city created around 5000 BC, we find the Ancient Sumerian Creation Story ( The Eridu Genesis). According to the clay tablet, the creation of our planet began in the following way:

When in the height heaven was not named and the earth beneath did not yet bear a name and the primeval Apsu, who begat them and chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both, Their waters were mingled together and no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen; When of the gods none had been called into being and none bore a name and no destinies were ordained; Then were created the gods in the midst of heaven, Lahmu and Lahamu were called into being… (Source)

According to Sumerian Mythology, in the beginning of time, humanoid ‘gods’ ruled over our planet. When the gods came down from the heavens much needed to be done on the planet and they literally terraformed the Earth in order to make it habitable while they mined its minerals from the soil.

When the gods like men Bore the work and suffered the toll 
The work of the gods was great. The work was heavy, the distress was much. The creation of mankind according to ancient Sumerian tablets is extremely interesting. (Source)

According to the creation story, Anu, the main God of the Ancient Sumerians saw that the labor on Earth was too great. The Son of Anu, Enki, proposed to create a species that would inhabit the planet and bear the labor and so the gods created man. One of the Ancient Sumerian Gods was put to death and they mixed his blood with clay from Earth. Out of this material the first human was created in the likeness of the ‘Gods’.

You have slaughtered a god together With his personality 
I have removed your heavy work I have imposed your toil on man. 
In the clay god and man Shall be bound. To a unity brought together; So that to the end of days The Flesh and the Soul Which in a god have ripened – That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.  (Source)

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 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.” (source)

So, the first human was created in Eden.

Eden is mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh as the garden of the Gods and was supposedly located somewhere between the Rivers Tigris and the Euphrates in ancient Mesopotamia. Eden is an ancient Sumerian word which means ‘flat terrain’.

What is extremely interesting in the ancient Sumerian Creation Story is the fact that initially, man created by the Gods was not able to reproduce on their own. This is why the Gods ‘MODIFIED’ mankind with the help of Enki and his sister Ninki. After the Gods had modified mankind, Adapa was created as a fully functional human being which had the ability to reproduce. However, this ‘modification’ was done without being approved by Enlil, brother of Enki and Ninki, which created a conflict among the Gods.

The conflict made Enlil the first adversary of human beings and according to ancient Sumerian texts, mankind went through an extremely difficult time while serving the gods.

As you can see, there are numerous similarities between the creation story of Ancient Sumer and other ancient cultures and religions around the globe, but interestingly, in all of them, we learn that mankind was literally CREATED by the GODS in their own image.


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  1. Best source for having a deep view of the Sumerian gods (the Anunnaki) is found in Zacharias Sitchin work. Principally, “The 12th Planet”, “The Lost Book of Enki” and “The wars between Gods and Men”. You cab find it at http://www.bibliotecapleyades

  2. First of all if someone says that they can read these ancient clay tablets, then be aware. Because that’s a dead language, totally dead. And it’s squiggly lines that’s all, it’s BS, that anyone other than the being or person who wrote this can understand it. Cuneiform. I don’t believe anything that modern man say about a dead language. And, from reading that shit, it sounds totally like made up. I could make that up as I go and say, this is what the tablets say, I deciphered it, who’s going to know. No one. But for you people to take this crap at face value, you are truly gullible.

    1. dude its a myth, everything you read now is just a copied piece of work, and dead language means its not used anymore, it can be deciphered. look around you do you think we are to dumb to decipher an ancient language, and even still they wrote stories then just as we do now

      1. Dead language means that, there’s been so much time between civilizations that no one alive can decipher that language. I’ve seen the ancient Sumerian text before and it’s just squiggly lines. And, Sitchin have made up and I say made up stories from those squiggly lines and dots. Ok, there is, no one alive from ancient times to say that he’s translated correctly. So, excuse me dude, if I don’t believe what Zachariah Stichin says he sees. You say the pictures tell a story, perhaps, but where is this man getting names and dates from. In his mind that’s where. Lol.

  3. “One of the Ancient Sumerian Gods was put to death and …”

    A mortal god is NOT a god by definition.

    1. you are wrong, a mortal that lives a lot longer than humans is considered a god

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