Wars of the Annunaki – Nuclear Self-Destruction in Ancient Sumer, by Chris Hardy
I’m going to do something here I haven’t done before – I’m going to make comments on this book before I’m done reading it. Of course, more will follow.
Comments isn’t quite right; instead my reading so far (somewhat less than half of the book) generates more questions than flat comments. The book treads much of the same ground as Ms. Hardy’s previous book, DNA of the Gods, i.e., a determination from ancient Sumerian records on clay tablets that an advanced race of humans, the Annunaki, coming from their home planet Nibiru, toyed with the DNA of our predecessors and developed the prototypes for the human race of today. Some of this was to award these primitive predecessors of ours with the tools to “be as the gods,” i.e. be as highly developed creatures as the Annunaki. However, the Annunaki interactions with our primitive beginnings was begun to create a slave race to mine gold. And this leads us to this book and the supposed Annunaki’s own value system and the supposed good and bad of it.
I don’t wish to summarize the book yet, but to present a few of the questions such a daring book projects. We may read this book and assume it’s hokum, or perhaps science fiction. Maybe the researchers, including Prof. Hardy, are delusional in their vision of the Sumerian culture. Or maybe the antiquities experts and archaeologists are projecting their own culture’s values on the mysterious Sumerians. This is the primal conflict science is subject to in investigating the past. But what of the reader of such a book as this? What of value is the reader to take from it?
Similarly to modern literary fiction, can we not see value in the Annunaki sharing their physical and mental development with another, primitive race? Isn’t it possible to feel rewarded by this despite a lack of any immediate financial or labor-saving rewards? Isn’t it generally a “good” thing to advance the development of those less privileged and add them to the gathering of your own cultural status?
On the other hand, can we not learn from the jealousy, the greed, the anger and subsequent violence of certain of the Annunaki leadership? Of the way they sought to set themselves apart from this new humanoid race? Of the way they sought to dominate rather than develop? Of their belief that punishment is better than patient reward? That war is the way to truth?
These are the questions I hope Prof. Hardy will answer in some degree by the time the final page is turned. It’s my perspective – in the great kaleidoscope of perspectives our humanity presents to us – that we can learn from all such perspectives on antiquity whether or not they truly represent the activities of history.
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