Ignorance and pettiness have forced us to write these lines in support of the eminent researcher of the Sumerian culture Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010).
These lines, although maybe too passionate, only mean to do justice where the great spirits and the audacity and courage of those who dare to propose innovative ideas or theories that go beyond the establishment, are condemned, as happened with Zecharia Sitchin.
But, who was Zecharia Sitchin?
Zecharia Sitchin was born in Russia, grew up in Palestine and graduated in “Economic History” at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His passion for History caused that he became interested in old languages. Sitchin devoted more than 30 years to studying and translating the Sumerian clay tablets, and published more than 15 books on his research.
Zecharia Sitchin was not a science fiction writer. On the contrary, he was a thorough researcher and a weariless analyst of the old cultures. Like Velikovsky, Daniken, Tsoukalos, Hatcher, Boulay and others, he stood up for the theory that said that ancient aliens visited planet Earth in the past.
What is he accused of?
Zecharia Sitchin: Myths aren’t always “myths”
The key ideas of Sitchin’s theory are based on the presumption that the old Sumerian myths, engraved on clay tablets that are over 5000 years old, are not “myths” but texts containing scientific and historic data.
According to Sitchin, these tablets reveal that the Sumerian gods, called Anunnaki, came from planet Nibiru to the Earth 450,000 years ago and created human kind through genetic manipulations.
Did Sitchin invent the Anunnaki?
The Anunnaki, whose name means “those who from heaven to Earth came”, are mentioned in the Sumerian clay tablets. Nobody doubts that. The problem is that for most academic researchers of the Sumerian culture Zecharia Sitchin was crazy simply because he decided to take the Anunnaki history as something that really happened.
Zecharia Sitchin always had a particular vision regarding myths, as shown in this interview.
People also say that your reading is too literal, that you are taking as history something that is a mere myth.
Zecharia Sitchin: Well, if that’s what critics say, then it’s true. My reply to that is: so what? I take it literally and some say I shouldn’t, so I pronounce myself guilty. That’s why mythology is so similar all around the world. Not necessarily detail by detail, name by name, event by event, but it basically reflects a recollection of past events.
Is it true that myths are just “myths”?
In the dusk of his existence, Zecharia Sitchin decided to make a long journey with his followers, a sort of pilgrimage to follow the tracks of the Anunnaki on Earth. The journey began in Troy. Until the mid XIX century it was believed that Troy was a myth and it turned out it wasn’t. Schlieman, an amateur archaeologist like Zecharia Sitchin and also in love with “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”, thought he could find the city of Troy by following Homer’s descriptions… and he did!
The fact that the city of Troy indeed existed proved that myths are not always a product of imagination but that they, in many cases, relate events that actually happened.
Troy is not the only case.
Some years ago, the renowned Egyptologist David Rohl decided to look for the biblical Eden or the Paradise here on Earth. Following the descriptions of the biblical Genesis and of the Sumerian texts that inspired the first book of the Bible, Rohl claims he found it in the slopes of a volcano, North of Iran. British researcher Edmund Marriage also claims to have found the Garden of Eden, but in the south of Libanon.
In the beginning of the third millennium, it is not reasonable to affirm that all myths are mere stories of events that didn’t happen.
Many ancient cultures tell about a great deluge. We’d better ask ourselves what makes more sense: That all of them had invented the same story or that all of them had experienced the same event.
Zecharia Sitchin said “myths reflect memories of past events”, and I believe him.
These vindication will be continued…