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Zecharia Sitchins Controversial Theory of the Origins of Man

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Zecharia Sitchin, archaeologist and Sumerian scholar, proposes a theory on the origins of man that easily instigates controversy within religious and scientific fields of study. A look into a lifetime's work and study by Sitchin takes you on a fascinating journey through thought provoking evidence to revel in his conclusions. Seemingly absurd at first glance among many, he provides intriguing arguments in favor of an otherworldly theory of our origins, regardless of belief.

Sitchin reveals that his interests in origins of man sparked through studies of the Bible during his childhood years. While studying Genesis in the original Hebrew text, Zecharia attempted to correct his teacher on the translation of "Nephilim". His teacher stated that the Nephilim were the giants described to be roaming the earth, as most Biblical scholars uphold. However, Zecharia argued the literal translation of Nephilim is not of giants, but of "those from Heaven to Earth come". He was scolded for "questioning the Bible", the discussion ended and Zecharia Sitchin's quest for the truth took form into a lifetime of study on the Nephilim.

A search for the identity of the Nephilim brings us to the ancient land of Sumer and the civilization of the Sumerians, which is modern day Iraq. The Sumerian civilization, quite advanced in comparison to modern times, left a legacy of captivating tales through texts upon clay tablets. The Sumerian texts pre-date the Bible by thousands of years, yet show a striking resemblance to many Biblical stories, such as the Great Flood.

In addition to texts, the Sumerians illustrated their stories through a series of engraved depictions. The most astounding depiction of all is their accurate illustration of our solar system, which identifies the correct size and placement of the planets. Our modern history suggests that Pluto was not discovered until the 1930's, yet the ancient Sumerians knew of the entire solar system, which includes an extra planet that we have yet to discover. Astronomers refer to this extra planet as "Planet X" and Sumerian scholars call this planet "Nibiru".

Zecharia Sitchin studied the texts and depictions for many years to lend us the Sumerian account of our origins through their narrative of celestial beings, genetic engineering and a planet of irregular orbit. According to the Sumerians, the planet of Nibiru is the home to higher beings that served as the fathers of the human race.

Planet Nibiru is said to be inhabited by the Annunaki, or Nephilim, and comes in close contact with Earth every 3600 years because its orbit is not in harmony with the rest of the solar system. According to Sumerian text, the Annunaki descended to Earth in a time of close orbit to mine for ore, which they needed to construct a shield for their planet due to a dying atmosphere.

The Annunaki colonized in northern Africa and mined for gold to send back to Nibiru. Poor working conditions within the mines led the Annunaki to revolt against their leaders in a refusal to withstand the torment. This upheaval led to a search for better methods by the chief scientist, Enki, and the chief medical officer, Ninhursag.

Enki and Ninhursag conducted experiments to create slave workers for their mines to end the revolt and continue the mining. They attempted to breed existing animals with Homo erectus, only to be met with failure. In a final experiment, they spliced their own genes with that of Homo erectus and created the first Homo sapiens, thus the human race began. Interestingly enough, the modern "Search for Eve" project, which traced mitochondrial DNA in an attempt to find the spot of creation, ended above the gold mines in Africa in accordance with the Sumerian texts.

Furthermore, depictions by the Sumerians provide shocking resemblance to discoveries of modern men within the medical field. Archaeologists discovered the Temple of Ishtar with depictions of a double helix. The double helix resembles the medical symbol of intertwined snakes along with the structure of DNA. The Sumerian depictions show Enki and Ninhursag with jars of liquid during the phase of human creation.

Following the story of creation, the remaining Sumerian texts parallel the Bible through the early troubles of human civilization. The Sumerians state that the creation of humans with Annunaki genes led the Annunaki men to gain sexual attraction toward the human females. The "Gods" or Annunaki supposedly procreated with the human women, which left a descending line of demigods who inherited thrones of power in the kingdoms and churches, which also parallels the books of Moses.

The Sumerians tell us the higher order, or council, of Annunaki disproved of sexual relations between the beings and planned a great flood to remove the human race. Enki's brother became sympathetic to the humans and secretly told them of the Annunaki plans in order to help them survive the disaster. As with the Great Flood conquered by Noah in the Bible, the Great Flood of the Annunaki did not conquer the humans.

Sitchin believes the Annunaki continue to visit with the humans of Earth. He suggests that great leaps within our civilization take place every 3600 years throughout history. Sitchin suggests the Annunaki empower us with greater knowledge to improve our medical, agricultural and technical fields by implanting this knowledge during their infrequent visits and states he can document this through historical periods.

Additional Biblical stories parallel that of the Sumerians, such as the Tower of Babel and Sodom and Gomorrah. Some scholars believe Moses' account is based upon his studies in Egypt where he had access to Sumerian texts. However, many ancient civilizations tell similar stories of the same crises and one cannot accurately assume the true source.

Zecharia Sitchin's theory on our origins will remain controversial through the end of times while the Sumerian texts will continue to reveal and intrigue us. Regardless of religious and scientific belief, the theory of Sitchin and the ancient texts tell a spellbinding story of an existence unfathomed and out of this world.

Sitchin is the author of many books along the topic, such as The Lost Book of Enki and The Earth Chronicles.

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