… but why when it was Ham who reportedly saw his father Noah’s nakedness?
Arguing before the Council of the Gods, the Enkite tribunal headed by Enki, Isis, the widow of Osiris and the mother of the triumphant Horus, petitioned that Seth, the blinded and manhood-less loser, should be left to his own devices, without territory to call his own.
Seth, she contended, was a cancer on the Enkites: not only was he possessed of a seamless craving for power but he was so unscrupulous he would murder his own kith and kin to get anything he wanted. What he had suffered at the hands of Horus was poetic justice. In fact, if it weren’t for her herself, Horus would have long put him to the sword.
Enki and Marduk, however, had pity on Seth. He may have been a murderer and even megalomaniacal but he still was family. Worse still, he was damaged goods: he would no longer be able to see and he would no longer be capable of producing offspring having been genitally maimed in battle. In fact, from the look of things, he didn’t have long to live. Surely, he had got more than his just desserts. Enki accordingly proposed that Egypt be re-divided into two, with Seth ruling the southern part as was the case in the day of Osiris.
It was Geb, Seth’s own father, who rose to parry Enki’s line. “What’s the point of giving Seth territory when he never will have heirs?” Geb wondered aloud. “Territory must not vest in a single generation: there has to be a son to bequeath it to.” Geb’s own suggestion was that Seth be given a dwelling place outside Enkite territory as no Enkite would entertain his toxic presence anymore.
After weighing all the pros and cons, Geb’s recommendation carried the day. Horus, Enki pronounced, was to be the new and sole ruler of the whole of Egypt and the decree was formally entered in the Chamber of Records. Meanwhile, it fell to Marduk, his grandfather, to find Seth a place of refuge. In the process, Marduk approached Ishkur-Adad, Enlil’s third-born son who had jurisdiction over modern-day Lebanon.
The Igigi, the formerly Mars-based Anunnaki astronauts who had come down to Earth, teemed around the Cedar Mountain and still held Marduk in high esteem having facilitated their relocation to our planet. They were therefore certain to embrace his deathly sickly grandson.
Noting that Seth was now a perpetual invalid who would never raise trouble despite being a rival as an Enkite, Adad consented and granted citadel to Seth. He was given a retirement mansion in Lebanon and all the perks due to a god. There, he was to “end his days as a mortal, among the Igigi,” as per the ruling of Enki’s Council of the Gods. But Marduk had an ace up his sleeve. He didn’t simply organise a settling place for his grandson: he had other, shrewder ideas, which ideas eventually gave rise to what became known as the Second Pyramid War.
THE CANAANITE CURSE
One of the most enigmatic statements in the Bible, which, sadly, Christendom has dumbly embraced at face value without objectively interrogating it, is GENESIS 9:25-27. It reads as follows: “Cursed be Canaan. The lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
These words were uttered by Noah, who whilst spread-eagled stark naked and in a drunken stupor was happened upon by his son Ham, who proceeded to denounce him to his brothers as a most despicable dad. According to Caucasian bigots of our day, this is the curse that universally extends to the black race (as if blacks have been the only enslaved race in history, when in truth every race was at one time or the other another’s slave: blacks easily come to mind only because their enslavement is relatively recent).
But this view as well as the quoted passage all are bollocks and largely spurious: the biblical passage was concocted after the fact and the curse was mis-contextualised by the pro-Enlil authors of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.
The curse story is a litany of absurdities. First, why was it that it was Canaan who was cursed when he had nothing whatsoever to do with the Ham incident? Canaan wasn’t even the heir to Ham: he was the youngest of Ham’s four children. The heir was Cush. So why did Canaan have to incur the curse even if that be on behalf of his father when he was so far removed from the right of primogeniture?
Secondly, why did Yahweh (Enlil), Shem’s god, factor into the matter? Why was he exalted at the expense of his rival gods such as Enki or Marduk? One clearly can see politics written all over the story. It’s not real or objective at all: it’s tainted with partisan partiality.
It’s only when one carefully reads between the lines of the Sumerian records and the apocryphal Book of Jubilees that they will come to fully comprehend what really transpired. What happened, folks, was that when Seth moved into Shem’s territory courtesy of the Enlilites themselves, after losing the war with Horus, he had a secret pact with Marduk.
The pact was for Seth to eventually appropriate the land between the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula and the Landing Place at Baalbek in Lebanon so that these globally strategic places should come under the control of the Enkites. The annexation would also be a great springboard to Marduk’s ascendancy to global supremacy (as the new Enlil) when the Age of Aries dawned.
Now, whereas Noah had no say over Seth, who was a god, he did have sway over fellow Earthlings. When the Earth was divided amongst his three sons in the immediate aftermath of the Deluge, each of these sons undertook an oath by which they were to abide through thick and thin. This oath said that anyone who encroached upon another’s territory would be accursed of “God”, that is, Enlil. Of Ham’s progeny, it was only the people led by Canaan who rallied to Seth in the war against Horus.
Southern Egypt, which was allocated to Seth in the time of Osiris, was dominated by Canaan’s people, later to be known as Canaanites. It were the Canaanites (secretly prodded by Marduk) who opted to follow after their god Seth in Lebanon ostensibly to provide him a spiritual boost.
Before the Canaanites processed into Lebanon, Noah, Ham himself, Cush, and Mizraim did their utmost to dissuade Canaan for fear of the inevitable repercussions. But Canaan was adamant that he had every right to be with his god. Says the Book of Jubilees: “And Ham his father, and Cush and Mizraim his brothers, said unto him: ‘Thou will hast settled in a land which is not thine, and which did not fall to us by lot; do not do so;
for if thou dost do so, thou and thy sons will be fallen in the land and be accursed through sedition; for by sedition ye have settled, and by sedition will thy children fall, and thou shall be rooted out forever. Dwell not in the dwelling of Shem; for to Shem and his sons did it come by their lot."
When at long last Canaan and his people were established in Lebanon, the full brunt of the curse came to bear. The Book of Jubilees again: “"Cursed art thou and cursed shalt thou be beyond the sons of Noah, by the curse which we bound ourselves by an oath in the presence of the Holy Judge (Enlil) and in the presence of Noah our father.” It turns out the curse did not involve Ham at all or a transgression against Noah as an individual. It was an already enacted clause which was rightly and justly invoked when Canaan unlawfully crossed over into Shem’s territory.
“SATAN” CAPTURES LAND OF ROCKETSHIPS
When the Canaanites moved into Shem’s territory, the Enlilites made very light of the matter. Why? There were likely two main reasons. First, the days of their god, Seth, were numbered. Not only was he gravely ill but he had been condemned by the Council of the Gods to “live like a mortal”. What that meant, fundamentally, was that he was to be deprived, at least officially, of the vital longevity-boosting substance, the monoatomic powder of gold we today call Ormus, which the Anunnaki ingested in one way or the other to stay in excellent physical health.
As such, Seth was certain to die sooner rather than later and since he had no heirs that would spell the end of his cult following. Second, the Enlilites counted on the possibility that with time, future-generation Canaanites might switch allegiances from Enkite to Enlilite and thus swell the ranks of Earthlings who danced to the totem of the Bull – Enlil’s symbol. It turned out the Enlilites were self-deluded.
At first, Seth pulled a prank on the Enlilites. Apparently, he did fully recover from his infirmities. It is probable that unlike his castration, which was permanent, his sight was restored, in all likelihood thanks to the medical genius of Ningishzidda as his blindness is not emphasised in the Sumerian records. Upon his recovery, the Enlilites made a proposition to him for a switching of camps in their favour. Seth duly agreed though this was a ruse on his part. Seth’s role now was to recruit the Canaanites to the Enlilite fold.
He was to test the genuineness of their commitment to the Enlilite cause by administering to them a kind of truth serum or lie detector test. It was on account of this role that his name, Set-En, took on the new meaning of “Truth Lord”. When Jesus was “tempted of Satan” in the Judean Wilderness, it was not by a supernatural king of the fallen angels: it was an agent of Enlil, a Set-En/Satan who was mandated to have a go at co-opting Jesus into the Enlilite faction of the Anunnaki (Jesus was an Enkite). Jesus turned down these overtures as is common knowledge.
While Seth was pretending to dutifully pander to the Enlilite agenda, he was at the same time rallying in force a mighty army to overrun Shem’s lands in cahoots with Marduk (under the pretext that he was preparing for another clash with Horus for the retaking of Egypt). Marduk was resentful of the fact that whilst Tilmun, the spaceport, was supposed to be a neutral area, the Enlilites were the ones running the show there: Ninmah, the official overseer, had been reduced to a figurehead if not an outright Enlilite puppet.
Marduk’s scheme eventually did bear fruit although scholars have under-emphasised his triumph. Seth did march on the Sinai Peninsula and capture the spaceport without the Enlilites putting up the merest fight having been thoroughly outwitted. Meanwhile, the triumphant Canaanites fanned all over Shem’s lands, settled them, and appropriately renamed them Canaan, which was to become Palestine in New Testament times. The Enkites now had control of the Landing Place, the spaceport, the Mission Control Centre at Jerusalem, and the Giza Pyramid – the principal symbols with which the Anunnaki asserted their might!
It is obvious from the Sumerian records that Seth did capture the Sinai Peninsula as we read of Enki and Ninmah deliberating together as to which Enkite should rule a particular segment of the region. In one passage, Enki suggests to Ninmah that, “Let Enshag (either Seth or Marduk’s son Nabu: scholars are not sure) rule Tilmun”. It was at this juncture that Ninmah was conferred the title of Mistress of the Great Pyramid by the Egyptians and also began to be addressed as Hathor, in paraphrase meaning “Rocket Goddess”.
To the Enlilites, however, Ninmah had sold out. She was dubbed Tsir, meaning “snake”, since in their eyes she now was a witting tool of the Enkites, who were called Serpents in mocking though the original meaning was a most noble one. Enki was of the Serpent race of Orion, as opposed to Enlil who was of the Wolfen-Leonine race of Sirius.
The seizure of Shem’s lands by Seth is such a glaring embarrassment to the pro-Enlilite Levite authors of the Pentateuch that it has been skirted in the Bible although it is resoundingly chronicled in the Book of Jubilees, perhaps one of the reasons the book was excluded from the Old Testament canon. It was this act of Enlilite betrayal on the part of Seth that turned him from Set-En the Truth Lord to Satan the Devil.
OPERATION “CRUSH THE GREAT SERPENT”
To their credit, the Enlilites did not respond with a knee-jerk reaction to a violation of their territories. Exactly 300 years, equivalent albeit to about a month in Nibiru time, elapsed before they sprang into action. Why did they exercise such uncharacteristic patience when Enlil, their head honcho, was so easily roused to vindictiveness?
It could have been that they wanted to give negotiation ample enough chance, or that King Anu had urged that they bide their time, or that they simply wanted to arm themselves to the teeth and pepper over all the possible cracks before they took on their antagonists – we can only speculate as the Sumerian narratives do not furnish the associated nitty gritties.
In the war, which took place sometime around 8670 BC, the Enlilites were commanded by Ninurta, Enlil’s firstborn son, whereas the Enkites were commanded by Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son. Marduk was no more than a ceremonial General: he had never taken part in any armed conflict in his life. On the other hand, Ninurta was a decorated warrior whose CV included his iconic defeat of “The Evil Zu” many shars ago. Moreover, Ninurta’s key lieutenants – Ishkur-Adad, Utu-Shamash, and Inanna-Ishtar – were all fighter pilots of note.
In the Marduk High Command, which comprised of Ninagal, Gibil, Horus, and Marduk himself, only Horus was a seasoned and accomplished dog of war. Nergal, who was married to Ereshkigal, Enlil’s granddaughter, had recused himself from participation in the war to tread a neutral path. Ningishzidda, who had been instrumental in Horus’s defeat of Seth when he provided Horus with some of the air power, made it clear he wasn’t going to have anything to do with the war, which in his opinion the Enkites had precipitated simply to stroke the oversized ego of Marduk. And Enki of course was not a military man: although Marduk roped him into the war, it was only for his sagacity and for his potentially valuable tips as the elder statesman.
Meanwhile, Ninurta’s aim, he told his lead combatants, was to terminate the “Great Serpent”, that is, Marduk. They responded that they had his full support as their General, that they too would fight to the death to ensure the Enkites were routed once and for all and all the space-related sites were repossessed. Ninurta was in the main counting on the dreaded Imdugud, a most elusive and deadly fighter craft he had personally designed after his earlier one, the Tladi, was destroyed in the showdown with Zu.
It was the Imdugud which inspired his emblem, a lion-headed bird resting on two lions or two bulls. When in 1497 Leonardo Da Vinci did a sketch of his concept of a future man-powered flying machine, it was the Imdugud he seemingly plagiarised as the sketch had an uncanny resemblance to the Sumerian depiction of Ninurta’s war machine.
The war was fought in three phases – the Sinai Peninsula precincts, the Mountainlands of Africa, and the Great Pyramid. Who would triumph in the war now dubbed the Second Pyramid War although a better billing should be Ninurta Vs Marduk?
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.