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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Sumerian civilization (1)

Albert Einstein once said: "The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know." This is similar to Aristotle's comment: "The more you know, the more you know you don't know".

This feeling came to me while reading about the Sumerian people (5,000 BC - 2,500 BC), the "first" advanced human civilization after the Great Flood (11,000 BC - 4,000 BC). The advancement of their civilization was that significant that it's hard to imagine that they did not inherit their knowledge: agriculture, architecture, economy, irrigation, luni-solar calendar, mathematics, measurement, military, money, numeral system, religion, technology, tools, writing.

In several of my blogs, I have mentioned Zoroastrianism, which could well be considered as the predecessor of the 3 Abrahamic or semitic religions: modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The image of Anu, the Sumerian Sun God, looks very much like the Faravahar, the main Iranian / Persian symbol of Zoroastrianism. Others share this observation: link.

Even more stunning are the similarities between the Book of Genesis - the first book of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh) and the Christian Old Testament - and the Sumerian version of Genesis. These striking similarities have also been captured by Bram Vermeulen in his (must-see) 49 minute amazing 2004 (Dutch language) TV performance: In den Beginne (video). Hat tip @ Edward.

"Although hundreds of thousands of texts in the Sumerian language have survived, [] understanding Sumerian texts today can be problematic even for experts. The Sumerian language is generally regarded as a language isolate in linguistics because it belongs to no known language family" (Wiki). This intriguing fact could either prove that the Sumerian civilization is the first human civilization or (and more likely) the remainder of a much older advanced civilization.

"The origin of the Sumerians is uncertain. They apparently came from the south through the Persian Gulf. Their literature speaks of their homeland being Dilmun, which could have been one of the islands in the Persian Gulf such as Bahrain. But no ruins comparable in age and complexity to those of Sumer have been found in the proposed locations of Dilmun. However the balance of the evidence is that Dilmun was the island of Bahrain." (source)

Some people have even speculated that Dilmun is nothing less than Atlantis (eg, link 1). Others claim that "the ancient Hebrew-Israelites were descended from Shem, from whom came the Sumerians in Mesopotamia, founders of early civilization.”

"The story of Sumer is like the plot to a science fiction story. The modern world learns of its existence through references in an ancient literature to a still more ancient times. The Sumerian appeared at the dawn of history as a fully developed society with a technology and organization that was different and superior to the other societies of the time. And civilization itself seems to have stemmed from this alien and mysterious people." (source)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967) by Paul McCartney - artist, lyrics, video, wiki-1, wiki-2, wiki-3