The Pre-Deluge Era – The Annunaki, Red Hair & Snake Symbolism

In a scene depicted on a Babylonian seal, a snake is shown on one side of a tree behind a woman. On the other side, there’s a seated god wearing a horned headdress below the branches of the tree, two fruits droop towards the ground. The god extends his right hand towards the fruit, as if offering it to the woman, and she reaches out for it with her left hand. This scene appears to represent an offering of divine knowledge to the earth mother. (i.e.  to mankind)   ( 1)

The Babylonian, allegorical, legend is an earlier version of the story of the Garden of Eden which also tells it in  allegorical form and which explains what happened to man when the knowledge was misused. In the biblical legend, having created Eden, The Lord commands Adam ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen.2.16/17) However, in this story the serpent tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and she and her husband, the First Man, are ejected from ‘the first land’.

The goddess Ninlil, with obvious peculiar physical attributes.

The goddess Ninlil, with obvious peculiar physical attributes.

The reason why the serpent was introduced into the above stories appears to be that throughout the Early World this animal was a symbol of the ‘gods’. As men had wives, many of the early gods were given consorts. Thus, Enlil, the leader of the Sumerian Annunaki, was said to have a consort called Ninlil, She was not the normal type of female, though, because the Sumerians called her Serpent Woman. And Marduk, the Babylonian god who assumed the governorship of the world from Ninlil, had serpent effigies on the gates of his sanctuary. (2)  Enki, another chief Sumerian god, was also linked with a serpent. The indications would appear to be that the above allegorical stories refer to a misuse of the knowledge that was given to man by the so-called serpent gods. Although the Annunaki originally helping to civilise people, they later destroyed the world with a flood as mankind had become evil. Some Annunaki linked traditions, which were popular in Sumeria, are also reflected in Egypt’s religious sites, legends, and the Book of the Dead. (3)The Sumerians called the leader of the Annunaki Enlil and they also told of a higher god called Anu.  In Egypt, Anu was a city which, in legend, rose over the Primeval Land. The Greeks called it Heliopolis. The Egyptians also had legends of a heavenly dimension called Anu which was the abode of gods. (4) Could it be that the Sumerian  Anu ,the Great Bull ,who dwelt in the highest if the heavens, who was associated with the Pole Star,  and whose attribute was the royal tiara, often decorated with two air of bull’s horns, was a deified ‘home of the gods’ and not a god as is sometimes suggested? (5)

The Apocalyptic Literature consists of several texts which date immediately prior to the Christian era and in the first century. Two of the most famous texts, the Book of Enoch and the Secrets of Enoch, were among other early writings excluded from the Bible because the stories they tell are not in accord with traditional scriptural teachings. The story of Enoch is set in the ‘pre-deluge era and his space journeys have much in common with today’s sci-fi stories and reports of alien abductions. In one of his amazing adventures , set in ‘the pre-deluge era’, celestial beings, who seem to be based on the leaders of the Annunaki,, escort our hero to a high place from where he watches the evil behaviour of men below, who are symbolised in the form of animals. One of his companions presents the animals with a sword and they begin to fight each other. Did this represent Man’s misuse of the advanced technology that the celestial beings gave them?

With regard to Adam, the Bible’s ‘first man’, there appears to be a reason why, in Hebrew,

Portrait depicting red haired Adam and Eve.

Portrait depicting red haired Adam and Eve.

his name means ‘red’ because there are many early references to an early, white, red-haired, pre-deluge race, many of whom survived the Flood, and it’s possible that the story Eden alludes to events in the pre-deluge era and not to the original creation as would seem. There are hundreds of deluge legends around the world and many of them explain that the previous age was destroyed by a god, or gods, because its people became evil. Only one couple are saved and from them are descended the human race. One important exception is India’s version of the Flood which tells how a good man, Manu, was rescued by celestial beings who bear a strong resemblance the Annunaki. Some of the other Asian legends also provide valuable information about this event in the form of allegorical stories or symbolism.

Some early people had traditions of a series of past ages each of which was destroyed by water or fire and, according to the North American Hopi, we are now in the fourth era. In the previous age, they say, an evil people built a flying craft which they used to attack the city of an enemy. Soon others built them and they attacked each other. Sotunknang, the Creator’s nephew was furious with their behaviour and he destroyed the world with a flood (.6) Some things which the Hopi claimed to have happened at the end of the previous era also appear in Mayan legends and this enables us to date them to around 3,100 b.c.e when the last Mayan age ended and the present one began. This was the era when there was flooding, and climate change, in many parts of the world and when several civilisations sprang up fully developed.  In other words, it was the rebirth of civilisation after ‘The Flood’.

The Tuatha de Denann are Irish mythological heroes.

The Tuatha de Denann are Irish mythological heroes.

In Ireland, legends tell of an advanced tall, fair or reddish’ haired  race called the Tuatha de Dannan  who ruled the country for thousands of years and early stories say that they descended from the sky.(7) Did they have flying craft and what else is known about them? Well, according to legend, they came to Ireland from four lost cities in the northern islands of the world ‘after the Flood’ bringing with them ‘magical weapons.’

  1. Raymond Drake’s, whose research preceded that of Erich von Daniken and Sitchin, wrote in his book, ‘Gods and Spacemen in the Ancient East ‘, about the incredible Indian flying craft mentioned in the Vedic texts (8) He tells readers about ‘The Mahabharata’, the longest epic in world literature, which is a story about the Kurukshetra War of succession between two groups of cousins the Kauravas and the Pandavas in the kingdom of Kuru in which devastating aerial battles reputedly occurred. In the Vedic texts there are references to flying craft called vimanas about which various descriptions are given. Some were two storied and had many windows and a dome on top. Others were used in warfare involving the use of powerful destructive weapons, Drake also mentions the aerial battle fought between Arjuna and the Rakshasa. According to the Mahabharata there was a numerous race of the Rakashasa who were both good and evil, and who fought on both sides in the Kurukshetra War .They were also said to be magicians who had wondrous powers. Probably because of their wicked behaviour, the Rakshasa were usually depicted in hideous form. Sri Lanka is now mainly Buddhist, and is renowned for its Buddhist Kandy temple, but in the Ramayana it’s claimed to be a stronghold of the Rakshasa whose leader, Ravenna, was portrayed with 12 heads. Texts referring to the Rakshasa mention that they had red hair and beards. Donald. A. Mackenzie said that: ‘Red-haired people are disliked in India still, a native girl with auburn locks is not cared for as a bride’ (9) presumably because they resembled the Rakshasa. Parts of the Mahabharata are thought to have been written around 2,400 years ago but some believe that its origin is dates back several centuries earlier or too around 3,100 b.c.e when the present Hindu age and that of the Maya, begin.

In the near 2,000 year old Fag El-Gamous cemetery, in Egypt’s Fayum, there was a separate section for red-haired and blonde people. However, people of this description were living in Egypt long before then. There were red-haired people in the Rammesid ruling class in the 19th dynasty. The famous Egyptian king Ramesses 11, for example, was a 6ft tall red-head. At one time, in Egypt, red-haired people were sacrificed near what was presumed grave of the god Osiris the reason being that they resembled, Seth, his evil red-haired brother. People of this description were also living on Libya in early times.

Guanche rock carvings, La Palma, Canary Islands.

Guanche rock carvings, La Palma, Canary Islands.

Prior to the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, between 1402-1496, its population, the Guanches, consisted of two races. One was the widespread Mediterranean Race  and the others were a white, fair to red-haired, people whose men were around 6ft tall. Red-haired mummies ,once numbered in their thousands, have been discovered in the Canary Islands but, as Thor Heyerdahl explains, nobody has ever questioned their hair colour as their white skin, and reddish brown hair, was noted by European discoverers. (10) When questioned about their origin, the Guanches claimed to be the sole survivors of a terrible flood in which only they survived. (11) In Brazil, on the opposite side of the Atlantic, there are reported sightings of tall, red-haired, white, Indians living wild in the jungle and a tribal legend tells of a race of people, of that description, who were of pre-deluge origin, and who previously lived in that country. (12)

According to Thor Heyerdahl, there were people with white skin, and brown or red hair, among the Incan ruling class and some of them had Caucasian features (13) |. Who were they and were they distantly related to the red-haired people in neighbouring Brazil and the red-head Guanches in the Canary Islands who claimed to be survivors of a flood? People of this race appear to have preceded the Maori in New Zealand, to have previously been living in Egypt, Libya, on Easter Island, in Peru, the Maldives, and the Tarim Basin in China. They appear to be the descendants of a pre-deluge, sea-faring race who, over the years, spread to many parts of the world and who, in the pre-deluge era, were involved in a worldwide conflict.



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