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How The Gods Of Ancient Civilizations Became Central To Modern Alien Conspiracies

The trail from Mesopotamian religion circa 7,000 years ago to modern Reddit slurry is long and twisted. Central to the tale is Mesopotamia itself, a term used not to denote a specific civilization or people, but a geographic area roughly equivalent to modern-day Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, aka the “Cradle of Civilization.” 

Mesopotamia was home to one subsequent, overlapping, and competing civilization after another: Sumerian, Akkadian, Amorite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Hittite, and many more all the way from 10,000 B.C.E. to the Roman annexation of Judea from 63 to 313 C.E. Such a colossal timeframe encompasses a staggering amount of cultures, beliefs, traditions, religious practices, and more. But out of this entire period, ancient Sumer gets the most attention for being the first civilization to invent lots of things for the first time: cities, writing, record-keeping, bricks, board games, beer, sailing, cartography, our 24-hour, 60-minute, 60-second clock, and more.

The reign of the Sumerian king Gudea (2144 to 2124 B.C.E.) sees the first mention of the Anunnaki in text. Similar to the Norse Aesir (Odin, Thor, Tyr, etc.), Egyptian Ogdoad (Kuk, Amun, Nun, etc.), and Greek Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, etc.), the Anunnaki were a pantheon, or caste, of gods. They were responsible for the creation of the world, its order and maintenance, and fought amongst themselves in a familial, dynastic fashion. They also fashioned humans to be their laborers.




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