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Zecharia Sitchin and the Ancient Aliens of Sumeria

Alexandria Ducksworth
Aug 14 · 3 min read
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“Guess what? Aliens from outer space came to Earth and created your ancestors to mine gold for their dying planet. Forget Adam and Eve, forget what you learned in grade school. This is it!”

Seriously, if somebody told you this, you would’ve looked at them like they grew three heads.

In 1976, Azerbaijan native Zecharia Sitchin (1920–2010) published The 12th Planet, the first in the Earth Chronicles series. Long story short, Sitchin wrote about a distant planet called Nibiru where the alleged Anunnaki lived. They have come to Earth and created humanity to dig up gold. Nibiru is in a 3,600 year-long elliptical loop. The next time the planet comes close to Earth, we may see the Anunnaki again (Sitchin says).

“Zecharia Sitchin-Sumerians and The Anunnaki” (via Youtube)

The 12th Planet became an instant bestseller. It opened readers’ eyes, but it made academic scholars cringe (and for a good reason). The problem with Sitchin’s book, according to many historians, language experts, and archaeologists, it’s riddled with errors.

Sitchin pulled out ancient Sumerian myths and warped them into a real historical account of human civilization. There are hundreds of documentations about Sumerian life. Where are the stories about the Anunnaki?

One of the mistakes Sitchin has made is the translation behind the very name. Anunnaki means “Princely seed,” not “Those who from heaven came.” Historian Jason Jarrell from Ancient Origins has this to say on the matter:

“There is no such depiction of the Anunnaki in the Sumerian texts. In fact, the closest match to these portrayals is a description of ‘The Anunna, the (gods, deities) when An (or Anu) conceives in the sky.’”

Biblical Old Testament scholar Dr. Michael S. Heiser isn’t a big fan of Sitchin’s Anunnaki theories either. He wanted to debate with Sitchin on the matter on Coast to Coast AM. Sitchin never responded to the challenge.

Now, with all that said, The 12th Planet honestly is an intriguing book. Still, one must be strongly advised to take its content with a grain of salt. I’ve read the book years ago and loved it. It didn’t make me an instant believer (as much as I’m the alien enthusiast). For what Sitchin has done with Sumerian mythology is like taking the Greek myths into true-life stories. Myth is myth.

Sitchin strongly believed in what he interpreted from the ancient Sumerian tablets he read. Even though he has a background in economics, he heavily studied everything about Mesopotamia. He learned the languages and offered historical tours of the ancient sites. However, Sitchin’s not perfect. To academics, he messed up the ancient facts big time.

Who knows the truth? We don’t know anything until the Anunnaki returns.

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“Anunnaki gods on Earth” (via Wikimedia)

What do you think about the Anunnaki? Real or fake?

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