Africa goes to Enki; Indo-Europe to Enlil, but “Land of Rockets” is designated a neutral zone
As the Anunnaki princes just stopped short of coming to blows whilst they laid claim to prospective territorial spheres of influence, Enlil, the Bible’s central Jehovah/Yahweh, took his step-brother Enki aside and made a desperate proposition. “For peace to prevail, the habitable lands between us should be apart set!” he said. Put simply, Enlil’s suggestion was that Earth be divided between the Enlilites and the Enkites. Enki, a peacenik by natural bent, gave the idea the nod and soon the pantheon were in heated and protracted discussion as to who would get what. “The Anunnaki who decree the fates sat exchanging their counsels regarding the Earth,” say the Sumerian records.
Following days of argument and counter-argument punctuated by flares of temper, they finally reached detente: in a gesture echoed in the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference that paved way for European powers’ “Scramble for Africa”, Earth was to be divided into three main regions. Enki had insisted that the regions were to be allocated primarily to Noah’s three sons (and therefore his grandsons) and only secondarily to the Anunnaki since the planet belonged to humans and not to the Anunnaki. He was persuasive.
Accordingly, Africa and parts of Arabia were given to the Hamites – Ham’s people. Japheth’s people were allotted Indo-Europe, which straddled Asia Minor, Iran, India, and immediate Europe. The Shemites – Shem’s people – received Mesopotamia and the Near-Eastern lands, encompassing today’s Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the northern parts of Arabia. GENESIS 10 sets out in detail this partition of the planet in what scholars call the Table of Nations. Only the lands nearest Jerusalem, the Navel or Centre of the Earth, were so shared: the far-flung parts of the world such as the Americas, the Far East, Oceania, and the Polar Regions remained no-man’s lands officially.
However, overall authority, Enlil insisted against the wishes of Enki, was to vest in Anunnaki overlords: all the three regions were to be subdivided so that their oversight was given to members of the Anunnaki pantheon. Since the Enkites had always dominated Africa, they were to oversee the lands of Ham, the “Dark Lands”, clearly the source of the term “Dark Continent”. The Enlilites were to oversee the lands of Shem and Japheth, called the “Olden Lands”.
Having assembled his clan, Enlil set about parcelling out the lands of Shem and Japheth to them. Ninurta, his firstborn, was given the highlands of Elam (west and southwest of modern Iran) and Assyria (northeastern Iraq). Nannar-Sin, the second-born, got Mesopotamia (roughly corresponding to most of Iraq plus Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, and southeastern Turkey). Ishkur-Adad, the third born, received Asia Minor (the land of the Hittites, comprising largely of modern-day Turkey and Armenia) and Lebanon. Inanna-Ishtar, Enlil’s granddaughter and daughter of Nannar-Sin, was promised (not given, at least at this stage ) the Indus Valley.
Enki too sat down his six sons and allotted them their respective domains. For reasons we shall dwell upon in detail in the next piece, Marduk, his firstborn, wasn’t directly allocated a domain: instead, it was his son Shu who was given Egypt and the associated lands of Libya and Ethiopia, as well as the southern parts of Arabia. Nergal, the second-born, received the southernmost part of Africa as well as most parts of West Africa – clearly the reason Nigeria and Niger are so-called and why blacks are also known as Negroes (Nergalas).
All the major mining regions of the day were given to Gibil: they included Zimbabwe, Chad, Gauteng, and Ghana. Ninagal, who had piloted Noah’s ark, got the Great Lakes region of East Africa and the headwaters of the Nile River. The youngest, Dumuzi, was entrusted the grazing plateau of Sudan, being the Anunnaki’s leading animal husbandman.
That leaves out two prominent Anunnaki princes, namely Ningishzidda, an Enkite, and Utu-Shamash, an Enlilite. Well, Ningishzidda was first and foremost an intellectual and a sage. He wasn’t a politician, polemicist, or glory-seeker. As such, he never showed the slightest interest in the jostling for land and power politics. His role was essentially that of a teacher and a thinker. The Egyptians called him Thoth, meaning the “Great Teacher”.
A superlative genius, a trait he had inherited from his equally phenomenally gifted father Enki, he was a problem solver to whom no difficult was insurmountable. He had mastery of practically every discipline, whether this be architecture, physics, mathematics, geology, genetics, sacred geometry, metaphysics, Gnosticism, or simply spirituality. He was content with concerning himself with only matters of the intellect as opposed to geopolitics. How about Utu-Shamash, Enlil’s grandson and Inanna-Ishtar’s twin brother? What did he garner from the partition of this wretched planet?
LAND OF THE ROCKETSHIPS
In addition to the three ethnically allotted regions, Enlil and Enki decided to create a fourth with a view to foster continued solidarity between the relentlessly feuding clans. This wasn’t a region strictly speaking but a neutral zone which would be run jointly by Enlilites and Enkites. It was the area in the Sinai Peninsula where the post-diluvial spaceport was located. This enclave zone, which was in the broader Shemite lands, was to be called Tilmun, also rendered as Dilmun. The four regions collectively constituted what came to be known as the Four Corners of the Earth.
The word Tilmun had several but closely related senses. In one vein, the typical frame of reference, it meant “Land of Rocketships” as it was the spaceport, the place where space vehicles took off and landed to and from Mars, the Moon, the international space station in Earth’s orbit, or the Nibiru-bound Mothership. In another, it meant “Land of Immortality” as “Til” also meant “Life”. Indeed, the Tree of Life was in Sumerian known as Gishtil. By the same token, the term Gishtil could also connote “The Vehicle of Life”.
This was a rocketship as in the eyes of mankind, the rocket was a symbol of eternal life, being the means by which one was transported to Nibiru, believed to be Heaven as per the Anunnaki brainwash. Finally, Tilmun could also be interpreted to mean, “A Securely Guarded Place”, which was to be expected as it housed the crucial rockets. It was peppered with “hostile eyes” described in Genesis as “flaming swords that turned in every direction” (GENESIS 3:24). These were simply searchlights with shifting light beams. They were the All-Seeing Eye.
Tilmun had become the new Edin or Eden, which was situated in modern-day Iraq before the Deluge. But whereas the pre-diluvial Edin was a constellation of city states, the new Edin was simply a comparatively smaller enclave territory. Like Tilmun, the term Eden had several shades of related meanings. In one sense, it meant “A place of the Gods”, that is, the Anunnaki.
In another, it meant “Abode of the Pure Ones” or “Abode of the Mighty Ones”, both terms of which were particular to the Anunnaki, who were regarded as “All-powerful”, by virtue of their “mind-boggling” technology, immortal, and who fancied themselves as beings of a superior and uncorrupted genetic pedigree compared to mankind. In yet another vein, Tilmun conveyed the sense of “A Noisy Place”, very likely the origin of the English word “din”, meaning “confused noise”. We all know how noisy the precincts of an airport can be as aircraft land and take off.
Tilmun was also the new Paradise, an idyllic place, as far as mankind was concerned. This was the place Noah and his great grandfather Enoch lived in luxury pending their onward transfer to Nibiru, the former for being the Hero of the Deluge and the latter for dutifully fulfilling his CIA-like remit under the aegis of the Enlilites. “In the Land of the Crossing (metaphorical intersection between Earth and Nibiru), the Land Tilmun, the place where Utu rises, they caused him (Noah) to dwell”, the Sumerian records relate.
Originally, however, the term Paradise did not mean a heavenly place. It was Pairi Daize (from pairi [around] and diz [to make, form, build]). A Pairi Daize was therefore a heavily or tightly policed place, with watch towers for maximum vigil all around (the Setswana term Phara-disa, meaning “securely watched over”, drives the point crisply home). Given that whoever was in charge of Tilmun controlled the logistical links between Earth and Nibiru, who would be overall in charge of the place? An Enkite or an Enlilite?
“MAMMI” GIVEN CHARGE BUT SHAMASH CALL THE SHOTS
There was a stalemate between the Enkites and the Enlilites as to which god would govern Tilmun. Having been so deadlocked, they finally settled for Ninmah, the “Great Lady” as her name fittingly meant. Ninmah, also known as Ninti, meaning “Lady of Life” given the surrogate role she played in the creation of Adam, was a best-fit although she was no more than a medical lady occupationalwise. A half-sister to Enlil and step-sister to Enki, Ninmah, who was affectionately known as Mammi, meaning “Mother of the Gods”, had children with either brother, these being Ninurta in the case of Enlil and six daughters in the case of the randy Casanova that was Enki. She typically cast the deciding vote when the Enkites and Enlilites each refused to budge on an issue.
Having accepted her new role, Ninmah was conferred a new title. From now henceforth, she was to be known as Ninharsag, meaning “Lady of the Mountain Head”. Mount Harsag, today known as Mount St. Catherine, was the highest peak in the Sinai Peninsula. Ninmah’s other new title was Hathor, the name by which she was best known in Egypt. The epithet meant “Falcon House”: indeed the name was spelt hieroglyphically by drawing a falcon, a type of bird, within an enclosure. A falcon (as was the eagle) was the Sumerian metaphor for a rocketship, the reason Anunnaki astronauts were called “Falcon Gods”. Hathor thus suited Ninmah as the god presiding over Tilmun, the Land of the Rocketships.
The truth of the matter though was that Ninmah, because of her innately gentle nature, did not exercise much sway as the head of Tilmun. She was overshadowed by the incessant factional discord and political slugfests between the Enkites and the Enlilites. Although Tilmun on paper was exclusively the preserve of the Anunnaki and from which “mortals”, or Earthlings, were banned, this was not consistently the case.
Only the spaceport proper and the mountain silos where the rockets were kept and serviced were out of bounds to humans. The Anunnaki needed mankind for a whole host of menial tasks, such as mining and agricultural work, and they just could not keep us at bay completely. A specific tribe, known as the Qenites or Kenites, meaning “smiths” or “metallurgists”, was chosen to work in the Tilmun mines. The Kenites, who were descendants of Cain, were the pioneer inhabitants of the Sinai Peninsula and therefore predated the Anunnaki presence there. They were the tribe into which Moses would later marry when he fled Egypt and sought refuge in the Sinai.
The Lord of Tilmun was also the Lord of Shalem, as Jerusalem was then called. At some stage in the future, two human sovereigns under the overall Anunnaki Lord were appointed to attend to matters pertaining to Earthlings resident in Tilman and Jerusalem respectively. These went by the title King. The King of Tilmun, however, had jurisdiction only over Tilmun City on the eastern shore of the Red Sea and not over the whole Land of Tilmun.
One such King of Tilmun was Qanayah, a Kenite. In the greater scheme of things though, Qanayah ranked very lowly even among fellow human monarchs. Esarhaddon, the King of Assyria from 681 – 669 BC, is said to have boasted that, “Upon Qanayah, King of Tilmun, I imposed tribute." In the time of Abraham, the King of Jerusalem went by the title Melchizedek. This was Terah, Abraham’s own father.
On the whole, however, the real boss of the Land of Tilmun was Utu-Shamash. For it was he who was the spaceport commander. In fact, to humans, Shamash was the most admired Anunnaki god as he was in charge of the rocketships – the Vehicles of Eternal Life. All the demigods – part-human, part Anunnaki – who wanted to live as long as the Anunnaki did (that is, “forever” in the eyes of mankind) sought Shamash, the most famous case of which is that of Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk (modern-day Warka in Iraq). And in daily parlance, Tilmun was characterised as “The Place where Utu Rises”, that is, soars to the skies in his sky vehicle, which euphemistically could also mean “exercises hegemony”.
NINURTA MAKES A PARADISE OF TILMUN
It was Ninurta who made Tilmun, a disconcertingly mountainous terrain, conducive to habitation by his mother. When she was voted as the Head of Tilmun and had misgivings about its suitability as a settlement, Ninurta rendered her the following promise:
“Its valleys shall be verdant with vegetation. Its slopes shall produce honey and wine for you … Its terraces shall be adorned with fruit as a garden. The Harsag shall provide you with the fragrance of the gods, shall provide you with the shiny lodes. Its mines will as tribute copper and tin give you; its mountains shall multiply cattle large and small. The Harsag shall bring forth the four-legged creatures.”
Ninurta, who personally supervised the revamp and retrofitting of Tilmun, lived up to his billing for soon it was bursting with lush vegetation, wood products, minerals, and livestock in the form of sheep and goats. Ancient records document that Tilmun was a major source of copper, the blue-green gemstone turquoise, and the blue-green mineral malachite. Ninurta hired Ningishzidda, the “God of Sciences”, to do the geological survey that turned up lodes of such minerals. Indeed, the Egyptians referred to Tilmun as the “Land of Mafkat” and Ninmah as the “Lady of Mafkat”. Mafkat was the Egyptian term for turquoise, Tilmun’s most eminent export.
Another important product of Tilmun was acacia wood, which was used for temple furnishings and which was a popular Mesopotamian import. However, the product that was basically a byword for Tilmun was the date palm, which even today is the Sinai’s most eminent product. It “provides the Bedouin with fruit (dates); its pulp and kernels are fed to camels and goats; the trunk is used for building and as fuel; the branches for roofing; the fibres for rope and weaving.”
The Anunnaki gods had quite a taste for dates of the Sinai as Sumerian records inform us that Gilgamesh ordered that “every day of the year, for the four daily meals, 108 measures of ordinary dates, and dates of the Land Tilmun, as also figs and raisins . . . shall be offered to the deities (Anunnaki)." It was on Mount Harsag that Ninurta raised a fragrant garden for his mother and it was in a verdant valley near a spring with date palms that he built her a luxurious dwelling.
To ordinary mankind, however, the date palm had the most obsessive conceptual significance. Since it grew in “Paradise” (and was reportedly the most commonplace tree on planet Nibiru), it was emblematically associated with the rocket, the Vehicle of Life. It came to represent the proverbial Tree of Life, a tree that conferred immortality. Thus in Sumerian art, the date palm marked the gateway to Heaven. Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets show eaglemen (Anunnaki) saluting either the date palm or the rocket. They also show the entrance to King Anu’s palace on Nibiru emblazoned with the same imagery.
Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.
The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.
Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.
At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.
Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.
Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).
This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.
In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.
Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?
Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.
POSITIVITY Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.
“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)
We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.
Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be. You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.
When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.
Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.
However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.” “Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)
COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT
Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.
It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.
Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.
Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.
The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.
It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.