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Monday, 28 October 2019

A Sumerian tale starting 25,000 years ago (9)

Around 5,000 BC, the Sumerian civilization "suddenly" emerged in Mesopotamia (eg, Iraq). This event is probably related to mass migration from Africa, following extreme climate change events that took place between 13,000 BC and 5,000 BC. All global cultures refer to this 8,000 year period, and 120 meter (400 feet) global sea level rise, as the Great Flood (my 2016 blog).

Most of our history dates back to only 5,000 BC. Before is a mystery. This blog describes what (may have) happened since the last glacial maximum about 26,500 years ago, and the extreme climate events that took place: a post-glacial sea level rise which slowly accelerated 20,000 years ago, then quickly around 15,000 years ago, and then slowly again ever since 7,000 years ago (Wiki diagram).

These extreme climate change events caused the once Green Sahara to turn into the Great Sahara desert. Hence, mass migration from northern Africa towards the Middle East (ie, the black-headed Sumerian people). The northern and southern hemisphere were too cold to survive, apart from small populations of Denisovan and Neanderthal, hiding and surviving in caves.

The Sumerian civilization brought enormous knowledge - and wealth - to the Middle East. Their list of inventions is immense: astrology, astronomy, calendars, civil code, farming, board games, geometry, irrigation, mathematics, metallurgy, sailing, time, weapons, the wheel, written language (eg, source 1, source 2, source 3).

The most famous Sumerian is Abraham, who left the city of Ur and his father Terah to escape the wrath of the King. Terah was a high priest in the Sumerian Kingdom, "worshipping other gods". "Terah's father was Nahor, son of Serug, descendants of Shem", son of Noah (Wiki). Serug may be the same person as the legendary King Sargon of Akkad.

Abraham went to "settle in the land originally given to Canaan", and raised the future dynasty of Kings of Israel and Judah (eg, SaulDavid, Solomon). Jesus and Muhammad are also descendants of Abraham, who himself is a descendant of Sumerian Kings. This explains why all three main religions recognize Abraham as the "patriarch of the Abrahamic religions".

The ginormous wealth of the Sumerian Kings is better understood once you know the link with the Queen of Sheba, who "brings a caravan of valuable gifts for the Israelite King Solomon" and the continuing search for King Solomon's (gold) mines in Africa. This might also explain why Jews (ie, Sumerians ! ) are often seen as knowledgeable and wealthy (eg, HaaretzQuora).

I'm still fascinated by the rather mysterious Sumerian civilization. Please also see part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7 and part 8 of my blogs on the Sumerian people.

Someday the Great Sahara desert will reveal its long-lost secrets. To paraphrasequote by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973): And some things that were lost and had passed out of all knowledge, were found after twenty thousand years. Myth became legend. Legend became history.

Summer Breeze (1974) by The Isley Brothers

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise

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