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With popular shows such as Ancient Aliens promoting the belief that ancient gods were just misidentified extraterrestrials, mistaken for gods by the men who met them, the world is now very familiar with the Ancient Astronaut Theory. Many ancient texts, especially those from the ancient near-east, are used to support this claim. Among the most used are ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, and Jewish texts.
However, there are certain inconsistencies found within those texts which do not seem to promote Ancient Astronaut Theory. For example, in the creation mythology of Baal, the gods existed in a watery abode. Ancient Astronaut theorists might be tempted to think of this as a water-world exoplanet. If this were the case, and if these alien gods communicated with mankind, we should expect beliefs around those communications to develop within their culture and religion. Why is it, then, large bodies of water such as the sea were more closely related to concepts of chaos and death in these belief systems? If alien creator gods came from water-worlds, shouldn’t the seas of Earth represent life rather than death? A closer look at the ancient texts themselves can provide us a clearer picture of the whole story.
The Enuma Elish is the Babylonian epic of creation, also known as The Seven Tablets of Creation. All
the tablets containing the creation myth were found at Ashur, Kish, Nineveh, Sultante, and other excavated sites. The tablets date to about 1100 BC but there are indications that they’re copies of a much older version of the story. The myth describes the birth of the gods, the universe, and human beings. In the beginning, according to the story, there was nothing else except chaotic water everywhere. Out of the movement of the water, the waters divided into fresh and salt water. The fresh water is identified as the god Apsu while the salt water is identified as the goddess Tiamat. Through these two entities came the birth of younger gods.
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