A Lesson For Mankind In An Ancient Text
By James Donahue
Since they were discovered in 1872, the ancient clay tablets from the Assyrian period
known as the Epic of Gilgamesh have fascinated anyone that studied the story they tell.
The Gilgamesh story tells of a flood, a family of humans that survive it, and contact
with "gods" that came down from the sky. There is an implication that Gilgamesh is a superhuman god-man who was a product
of a union between the gods and mortals. He is two-thirds god and one-third human, thus suggesting that these unions were
going on for several generations.
In the story, a god figure, Anu, creates a companion for Gilgamesh, another powerful
figure called Enkidu. And there is a female god figure, Ishtar, a daughter of Anu, who comes down to Earth and seeks to mate
with Gilgamesh. She is rejected because Gilgamesh knows that she has known many other men. This, of course, begins a series
of events when Ishtar seeks revenge.
For over a hundred years the Gilgamesh story was written off as a myth. But mythology
we have begun to realize, is usually based on real events. The stories are often a human interpretation of events as they
were lived, but not fully understood.
That archaeologists in Iraq in 2003 found what they believed to be the lost tomb of
a real King Gilgamesh, suddenly gives credence to the Gilgamesh story. Scholars now are asking, if Gilgamesh really existed,
are the stories on the clay tablets based on real events in his life? And if so, do the references to gods mating with humans
reflect something that actually occurred? And what was it that made King Gilgamesh a superior human, two-thirds a god and
one-third a man?
There are striking similarities between the stories told in the Epic of Gilgamesh and
another book filled with ancient mythology, the Book of Genesis. Genesis also has a flood story and prior to this flood, talks
about part-human part-angelic beings called Nephilim that come down among men and fornicate with the women. The offspring
become "mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
While Genesis merely mentions the Nephilim and their association with humans, Gilgamesh
appears to be the story of what was happening during that period in ancient history prior to the flood. Genesis is a detailed
story about Noah and his family, and how they escaped the deluge. Gilgamesh includes the flood story at the end of the long
epic. In that story, Noah becomes Utnapishtim who relates to Gilgamesh how he and his family built a ship and escaped.
Obviously both books are full of native mythology. But what are we really looking at
We believe these stories support a concept of alien intervention that utilized genetic
manipulation to create the homo sapien, or modern man. Are they stories through mythology about beings that came to earth
and altered the DNA of unborn babies? Is this why these children were considered super-humans by the existing primates; is
it because they were uniquely different?
If we are to follow the story line, something happened to humans at this time, changing
them from what they were to be what we now dub, "modern man."
Not only were these children able to think more clearly, they were creative and they
had the ability and the desire to draw pictures of the world around them. They began building monuments and cities. Like Gilgamesh,
they became rulers over other mortals. Most important of all, the new human was no longer bound by the rules of nature.
This was the real story of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. We were separated
from the animal kingdom on Earth by the genetic shift that gave us the blood and memory of an alien race. We became, in effect,
The alien who caused all of this is represented in the Genesis story as
the serpent. Visitations by the Nephilim appear to be a description of continued alien contact. The genetic manipulation with
earth primates appears to have been a process that went on for many generations and involved the genetic alterations of numerous
children. Thus there never was one Adam and one Eve. There may have been thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of special
children produced in not only the first generation of primates, but in second and third generations during this important
launching of human history.
It is interesting to notice that the Genesis story places the Nephilim visit in a sequence
of events occurring just before the flood, and implied that the "mighty men" who were "of renown" were involved in a wickedness
on the Earth. The story states that this was the reason God decided to destroy the human race and flood the planet.
Consider that any truth to be found in the Bible is manipulated to distort the story
in favor of the Christian/Jewish religious belief system. Thus we find an image of the new man as an evil scourge upon the
world that God chose to destroy.
The one righteous human, a man named Noah in Genesis, and Utnapishtim in the Gligamesh
account, was warned about this doomsday event and assisted in building a floating vessel, or ark, on which he saved
his family and various breeds of animals.
If the earth was truly flooded, an event like that would have destroyed not only all
life, but would have brought a calamity that would have caused extinctions of all land creatures. A single wooden ark would
not have been adequate to carry enough humans and animals plus the food and fresh water needed for all of these living things
to remain alive long enough to survive that event. We are talking thousands of years before the planet returned to a point
where it would support land life once more.
Creature of the sea would have survived a flood, if that is what really happened.
That a "god" was involved in helping Noah or Utnapishtim survive means that alien contact
may have been made once more. Could the ark have been a device used to move not only this man, but a minimum of 144,000 humans
through time or into a parallel world to start again?
And this is the thought some people entertain today. Now that we have overpopulated
the world with foolish religiously brainwashed humans that failed to continue a natural order of spiritual and mental evolution,
we have become a doomed race living on a dying planet. We need a few "righteous" humans who understand what went wrong to
gather once more, as they did in Noah’s time, and call upon the god within to save a remnant of humans. Is our escape
to be carried to yet another time or to a parallel earth in a parallel universe so that we might start the process again?
Or have the "gods" decided this time there will not be another chance and we are destined to go extinct?
Perhaps the solution is that must find our own way out of this mess. Could we do as
Stephen Hawking has suggested, discover a way to regenerate our earth-bound bodies to face the rigors of space, so that
we can collectively escape a dying planet spinning around a dying sun? Science knows that if we go extinct this time, as all
life has at least twice before, we do not have time to evolve from the simple prebiotic chemistries that might remain intact
within the deep crevices of the globe.
As in Noah’s time, we must do the work. Noah and his "family" worked hard, building
the ark and facing ridicule from the masses right up until the final hour. The task we face today is no less daunting. We
must meet the challenge, despite all odds, or perish.
For us, the concept of perishing means not only extinction, but perhaps losing any
chance of coming back.