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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 often based on real events. The stories can be 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, another story tells how part-human part-angelic beings called Nephilim that come down among humans and fornicated 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 a more detailed story of what was happening during that period in ancient history prior to the flood. Genesis zeros in on Noah and his family, and how they escaped the flood. 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 the great flood.

Obviously both books are full of native mythology. But what are we really looking at here?

We believe these stories support a concept of alien intervention that utilized genetic manipulation to create the homo sapien, or modern man. There are stories throughout world mythology about encounters with strange beings who came to earth and fathered super-humans by having sex with the existing primates.

Not only were these children, who appeared suddenly at one point in the distant past, able to think more clearly, they were creative and 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, super humanoids.

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 flood 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 hundreds if not thousands of years before the planet returned to a point where it would support land life once more.

A 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 may mean that alien contact was made once more. The ark may have been a device used to move not only this man, but thousands of humans through time or into a parallel world to start again. There had to be enough people to carry on the necessary genetic diversity for successful offspring.

And this is the hope of some people today. Now that we have overpopulated the world with religious humans that failed to continue a natural order of spiritual and mental evolution, we may have become a doomed race living on a dying planet.

Will there be alien intervention again, or will we find a way to regenerate our earth-bound bodies to face the rigors of space and thus collectively escape to other worlds?