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The Enuma Elish is the Babylonian and Assyrian legends concerning the creation of the world and humankind. It is one of the oldest stories known to mankind and predates the book of Genesis. The seven tablets that contain this epic ancient narrative were recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form) in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh. It has about a thousand lines of text and is recorded in Old Babylonian, each holding between 115 and 170 lines of Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform script.
The Enuma Elish tells of the creation of the world. It details Marduk’s victory over the gigantic snake, Tiamat. After his victory, how Marduk become named king of the gods. This text provides insights into the pantheon of Sumerian/Babalonian gods, the Annunaki and also describes the creation of humanity. The worldview it shares contributes the belief that mankind was created to service the gods.
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By Will Hart
It has been more than three decades since Eric von Daniken had the first of his best selling books published. In the initial three of the series he tirelessly and enthusiastically examined the archaeological and cultural historical records of the world’s ancient cultures trying to show that ‘ancient astronauts’ had visited our planet. His controversial ideas and the fascinating information he presented about our planet’s mysterious past were a smashing success. In fact, he has since become the most popular nonfiction writer of all time.
That said — and credit given to Mr. Van Daniken for pointing out the enigmas of human history — some very important scientific work was published in this field by several eminent scientists 20 years ago. Nobel Prize winner Sir Francis Crick and astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle weighed in with their theories of the origins of life in the early 1980s.
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