Doggedly determined King of Uruk encounters Hero of the Deluge in subterranean paradise beneath Sinai Peninsula
Having set off into the woods to find Noah’s boatman Urshanabi on the basis of Siduri the Ale Woman’s directions, Gilgamesh still was distraught. What if Urshanabi proved hostile and told him to get lost? Without Urshanabi’s cooperation, it was a matter of course that his cause was a lost one. Or at the very least, it could double the strain of making it to his destination – the Land of the Living or the spaceport.
But he was lucky as he did finally track down Urshanabi. Once he had introduced himself as the King of Uruk in Sumeria, Urshanabi just like Siduri first wondered whether he indeed was King. “Urshanabi observed that Gilgamesh’s face was worn and weathered and that sorrow rested in his belly,” says The Epic of Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh proceeded to recount to Urshanabi all his tribulations since the encounter with Huwawa – the death of Enkidu, his grief, his fear of death, his wanderings in the wilderness, and his implacable resolve to find Noah or hitch a ride in a Nibiru-bound shem, a rocket. “I ranged and wandered over all the lands,” he poured out his heart. “I traversed difficult mountains. I crossed all the seas so that I might come and behold Utnapishtim (the Akkadian name for Noah), whom they call The Faraway.”
For a whole day, Urshanabi interrogated Gilgamesh till he was satisfied that he indeed was a King and was certainly a demigod. In any case, if Gilgamesh was not telling the truth, Utu-Shamash, who he was certain to meet at some stage, would send him back unceremoniously. Thus it was that the following day, the two got into Urshanabi’s boat and they set sail across the Dead Sea. Since the sea was deemed poisonous, Urshanabi stressed to Gilgamesh that under no circumstances should his hands touch the water.
The journey was not smooth-sailing through and through: at some point, they had to make an about-turn when Gilgamesh’s bulk rendered a navigational device inoperable, causing them to improvise wooden poles (which Gilgamesh had to cut alone as a punitive measure) as navigational sails. Even then, they still moved a great deal faster than they would have done had they used the dry land route: they covered an overland journey of 45 days in only three days.
Urshanabi, however, did not intend to take Gilgamesh all the way to Noah’s abode: that he had no right to. Once they had reached the extreme, southern end of the Dead Sea shore, Urshanabi told Gilgamesh that that was the furthest he could go with him. “Utnapishtim dwells around a mountain called Mashu,” he said to Gilgamesh. “Go straight ahead until you reach a regular way that leads toward the Great Sea (Mediterranean Sea). You are to follow that road until you reach two stone columns that serve as markers.
Turning there, you will come to a town called Itla, sacred to the god Ullu-Yah (meaning “God of the Peaks”, these being the twin mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. This was Nannar-Sin, the overall god of Canaan). The god's permission is needed in order to cross into the Forbidden Region where Mount Mashu is. That, Gilgamesh, is your destination.”
Gilgamesh thanked Urshanabi for his invaluable assistance, bade him farewell, and began the foot trek to Itla, known in the Bible as Kadesh-Barnea and to the Sumerians as Bad.Gal.Dingir, an ancient caravan town situated at the border of the restricted Tilmun in the Sinai Peninsula. Anybody going beyond the town had to seek special permission from either Nannar-Sin or Utu-Shamash.
GILGAMESH DENIED A SHEM
â€¨After a long and weary journey through the Negev Desert which lasted days, Gilgamesh finally pitched at Itla, a gateway place being situated between the Negev and the Sinai Desert proper. The moment he arrived there, he gave an offering to Utu-Shamash, who it turned out was already in town. Then entering into the presence of the god, Gilgamesh related his misfortune in the Straits of Ormuz and how that led to Enkidu’s death. He related the story without recriminations at all although deep down he resented Enlil, who was behind it all.
Shamash was glad to see his nephew and god-son but he was saddened by the news of Enkidu’s death. His pathos was made all the more pronounced by Gilgamesh himself, who wept as he recounted the death of his great friend. “If I had the powers of the god Ningishzidda,” he said to Shamash, choking, “I’d bring Enkidu back to life.” Shamash told him even Zidda wouldn’t perform that kind of feat as Enkidu had been dead for months now.
After he had rested and eaten his fill, Gilgamesh was told to wash thoroughly, put on Kingly attire in readiness for an audience with Nannar-Sin, the father to Shamash, and prepare a worthy sacrifice for the god. It was Sin who was to decide whether Gilgamesh should proceed to the “Great Fortified Place of the Gods” as Tilmun was otherwise known. That done, the two set off in Shamash’s chariot to the palace of Sin. Sin had already been notified of their coming and he was very ready for them. They found him not alone but with another god, Ishkur-Adad, his younger brother who was the overall god of Lebanon, where Baalbek was located.
Arriving at Sin’s courts, Gilgamesh accordingly made an animal sacrifice to Sin, then prostrating himself before the god, he offered prayers as to the fulfilment of that which he desperately sought. He was not allowed to address Sin, a highly exalted god, directly: all he had to do was pray. It was Shamash who spoke on his behalf. Shamash asked Sin to consider Gilgamesh’s desire to attain immortality by way of a visit to Nibiru, the Planet of the Anunnaki, just as other mortals such as Adapa and Enoch had done. “Accept his offerings, grant him everlasting life,” Shamash besought Sin.
Ishkur-Adad, who was aware of Gilgamesh’s earlier attempt vis-à-vis the Cedar Mountain and the troubles it engendered, straightaway objected. As far as he was concerned, Gilgamesh was a trouble-maker and so did not deserve setting foot in the “Holy Place” that was Nibiru. Moreover, he had done nothing of significance in heed of the gods to be afforded that kind of privilege. Sin seemed to share Adad’s view.
Then bursting into a loud cry, Gilgamesh pleaded that at least he be allowed to meet his great forefather Noah in the Land of the Living. "Let me take the road to Utnapishtim, the son of Ubar-Tutu (Lamech)!" he entreated. Of that, Sin, who was one of the good-hearted Anunnaki gods, was prepared to give him the go ahead but Adad again objected.
Sin then ruled that he and Adad would discuss the matter further and inform Shamash in due course. But as far as Shamash was concerned, it was the voice of his father that mattered and not that of the hard-hearted Adad. He told Gilgamesh to begin his advance toward Mount Mashu immediately after exiting Sin’s palace.
GILGAMESH AT MOUNT MASHU
After journeying for six days, a drop in the ocean compared with the several months he had traversed from Oman to Jericho, Gilgamesh at long last arrived at the sacred “Mountain Most Supreme” Urshanabi had directed him to in Tilmun Land. Retrospectively named Mount Mashu, after Moses, it was the Place of the Shems, “where by day the shems he (Gilgamesh) watched as they departed and came in.”
It was the “Place of Ascent” (of the shems) and the “Protected Place”, or Paradise. Indeed, it was heavily policed by “Rocket Men”. Says The Epic of Gilgamesh: “Rocket-men guard its gate … Their terror is awesome, their glance is death. Their dreaded spotlight sweeps the mountains. They watch over Shamash as he ascends and descends.”
Writes Zechariah Sitchin: “Depictions have been found (in Sumeria) showing winged beings or divine bull-men operating a circular beaming device mounted on a post. They could well be ancient illustrations of the ‘dreaded spotlight that sweeps the mountains’. One seal depiction showing Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu may well depict the intercession of a god with one of the robot-like guards who could sweep the area with spotlights and emit death rays. The description brings to mind the statement in the Book of Genesis that God placed ‘the revolving sword’ at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, to block its access to humans.”
Mount Mashu and the broader Tilmun were also known as the Land of the Crossing, the Gates of Heaven and Earth. Why so? Sitchin offers two explanations for this. In the first, he says, “The Mount's functions required it to be connected both to the distant heavens and to the far reaches of Earth: ‘On high, to the Celestial Band (that is, our cosmic neighbourhood) it is connected; Below, to the Lower World (Earth) it is bound’.” In another, he posits thus:
“Those who were to reach it (Mount Mashu, by air) were guided there by the Sphinx; for its gaze led eastward, exactly along the 30th Parallel. It was where the two lines intersected, where the Line of Jerusalem intersected the 30th Parallel that the Gates of Heaven and Earth were located: the Spaceport of the gods.”
GILGAMESH UNHARMED BY DEADLY SCANNING BEAM
For people travelling on foot or by chariot, Mount Mashu had one gazetted entry and exit point which was manned by Rocket Men, that is, Anunnaki guards. As Gilgamesh made his approach, he was not automatically regarded as a stranger as such. It was not every inch of Tilmun that was out of bounds by Earthlings. Writes Zechariah Sitchin: “Even in the days of Gilgamesh, not all of the Land of Tilmun was a restricted area.
There was a part, as we have seen, where sentenced men toiled in dark and dusty mines, digging out the copper and gemstones for which Tilmun was famous. Long associated with Sumer in culture and trade, Tilmun supplied Sumer with certain desired species of woods and provided the ancient world with highly prized onions and dates.” But since he had not officially been given the go-ahead by the god Sin, Gilgamesh’s name was not logged onto the computer as a forthcoming visitor and this was potentially very dangerous.
Everybody who came here, whether a rank-and-file Anunnaki or Earthling, was electronically scanned with a very sophisticated beam from a distance. The beam was particularly intense at dusk, when Gilgamesh turned up at the Mashu gates. Now, this beam was such that when it was directed at a pure human, it would stun and, depending on how it was calibrated, even kill him. But if the same deadly spotlight was trained on an Anunnaki or a demigod, the copper-based blood coursing in him would neutralise it and therefore he would suffer no harm at all.
Given that Gilgamesh was up to three-quarters god, the glare of the beam scarcely troubled him. "When Gilgamesh beheld the terrible glowing, his face he shielded,” says The Epic of Gilgamesh. “Then regaining his composure, he approached them." The guards were taken aback. One of them bawled to the other, “He who approaches us, his body is the flesh of the gods! Two-thirds of him is god, one-third is human!” The beam was so sophisticated it even was able to pick up the minimum quantity of Anunnaki blood in Gilgamesh! It is obvious that Shamash had already told Gilgamesh that being a demigod and more, the beam was incapable of occasioning harm on him.
GILGAMESH QUIZZED BY ROCKET MEN
The guards now signalled for Gilgamesh to approach them, which he did with outward confidence though deep down he was filled with apprehension. Then the guards set about inquisitioning him. He was asked to identify himself, state the reason he had come to this restricted place, and produce convincing credentials that he had divine authority to do so.
In his response, Gilgamesh did not flinch but was matter-of-fact. First, he explained why he was more than two-thirds god and was in fact a King. Second, he asserted by oath that he had come to Mount Mashu by authority of the god Utu-Shamash. Finally, he gave reasons as to why he had so ventured – that he wanted to consult with his ageless forefather Noah, who he had been told by his mother, the goddess Ninsun, lived in eternal bliss somewhere in the precincts of Mount Mashu. “I come in search of Life,” he said. “On account of Utnapishtim, my forefather, have I come, he who the congregation of the gods had joined. About Death and Life I wish to ask him.”
The Rocket Men did confirm that Noah was indeed somewhere within Mount Mashu but were adamant that no Earthling since Noah had ever been admitted to the Land of the Living. Gilgamesh was unstinting: he told the guards that if they turned him away, they risked incurring the wrath of Shamash, under whose auspices he had come. After interrogating him further, the guards caved in and gave him the go-ahead. “The gate of the Mount is open to thee!" they said.
Then they spelt out to him some characteristics of what they called the “Path of Shamash”, an underground passage way to Noah’s idyllic environs. “The mountain's trail no one has travelled. For twelve leagues (about 70 km) extends its interior; dense is the darkness, light there is none! No mortal has passed through the mountain's inaccessible tract!”
But Gilgamesh was not interested in the nether aspects of his manouverings through the passage: he had already begun to advance even as the guards spoke. Deep down their hearts, they pitted him as they were certain he would never make it. As far as they were concerned, Shamash had set a trap for him for one reason or the other.
GILGAMESH IN SUBTERRANEAN PARADISE!
Gilgamesh trudged down the pitch-dark subterranean passages for a total of 12 beru. This was 12 double hours, or 48 hours. “The darkness was dense, there was no light. He could see utterly nothing ahead or behind.” In the eighth beru, the darkness grew so intense that he began to wail with fright: it was like he had been thrown into the deep end and was headed to a Hellish realm to spend eternal life wholly engulfed in darkness. But in the ninth beru, there was a bit of relief when he felt “a north wind fanning his face”.
This lifted his spirits as indications were he was nearing the tunnel’s exit. Indeed, in the eleventh beru, dawn began to break upon him and at the end of the twelfth beru, he emerged into incredible brightness and indescribable grandeur under an artificial sun. The place he came to, a subterranean paradise, had Gilgamesh transfixed with disbelief. He described it as an “Enclosure of the Gods”, which was a blend of an artificial and a natural utopia.
Nearly everything was made of artificial carved precious stones in a riot of colour, notably white, red, and green. “All kinds of thorny prickly bushes were visible, blooming with gemstones. Carnelian bore fruit hanging in clusters, its vines too beautiful to behold. The foliage was of lapis lazuli; and grapes, too lush to look at, of stones were made … In its waters, pure reeds of sasu-stones. Like a Tree of Life and a Tree of Knowledge, that of An-Gug stones are made.”
A dumbfounded Gilgamehs began to wander around to savour this splendour. This was just the kind of place he’d love to dwell in forever, he thought to himself. It was hard to belief that such a heavenly place could exist on this planet. The place had conferred on him certain unnatural capacities too. For instance, he could not feel tired or hungry and his reflection in the objects around him seemed flawless, with a beauty he never knew he possessed. He also looked much more youthful.
As he paced up and down petrified with awe, he heard a sweet-sounding, almost musical voice but with the acoustics of a man. “Who dare venture here?” the voice demanded. Turning round, Gilgamesh saw a good-looking grey-haired and bearded man who looked like a sage but whose skin was hardly lined. He was immediately reminded of the great god Enki, with whom the man had an uncanny resemblance. The man was nearly as big as Gilgamesh himself. He wore a very wide smile on his face, his arms folded in front of his chest, but his phosphorescent eyes were probing.
“I’m Gilgamesh King of Uruk,” Gilgamesh answered as he knelt down in deference to the beautiful being that accosted him. “I come in search of thee, my great ancestor and Hero of the Deluge, known to my generation as Utnapishtim, the son of Ubar-Tutu, on the authority of my godfather Utu-Shamash.” Gilgamesh’s intuition was spot-on. The man who beheld him was Ziusudra aka Utnapishtim. In the Bible, he’s known as Noah. NEXT WEEK: NOAH’S DIALOGUE WITH GILGAMESH!
In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.
It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.
… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan
With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.
Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.
If I say the word ‘robot’ to you, I can guess what would immediately spring to mind – a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and tv shows. Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name, Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama, Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…
Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator, Box in Logan’s Run, Police robots in Elysium and Otomo in Robocop.
And that’s to name but a few. As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves. And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of robotics in the workplace.
ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.
A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles. It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.
DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,
AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.
INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour
These examples all come from the aptly-named site www.willrobotstakemyjob.com because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.
This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count! For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars. It’s a theory, at any rate.
Already,customers at the South-Korean fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic. The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners. Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.
‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP.
Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions.
Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders. Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.
These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.
And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth. Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.
But there may be more redundancies on the way as well. Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable? So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid? Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!