by E. Vegh © 2006 The Sumerian Thread: As Above, So Below
Table of ContentsSelf-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
– Isaac Asimov, Scientist, Author “Deep Space”Some consider the phrase, “As above, so below,” to have magical implications. But what if the meaning was, originally, something quite different? What if knowledge of the ancient past has been so entrenched in long forgotten meanings and half-hidden symbols, that we’ve inadvertently misconstrued the interpretation of those symbols? Let’s consider one such symbol: the hourglass shape.
It is the visual embodiment of “As above, so below.” Scientifically, only physics effect its application and change its meaning. It will be a major theme of this book and for good cause: it’s found throughout ancient history, particularly in religious artforms and almost always in connection with the gods. However, to do the subject justice, we need to start at the beginning.
THE BEGINNING…..sortaOnce upon a time in the land of ancient Sumer , in what is now modern day Iraq, there was a city called “Eridu.” It was the first known civilization (to date). It sprung up from seemingly nowhere, having been previously and intermittently inhabited by wandering nomads and hunter-gatherers.
Samuel Noah Kramer, an assyriologist who was the first to translate many of the sumerian texts, said in his book “Enki Builds the E-Engurra”:
Equally unusual was Enki’s boat, which apparently needed no oars: “The ship departs of its own accord, with tow rope held (?) by itself”  and it gurgles as it moves down the river. Yes, this Enki sure is an interesting character, isn’t he? And we’re just getting started!
By far the most mysterious of Enki’s properties was the “ABZU” (also called “Apsu”). The ABZU was underneath the E.ABZU when it was on dry land, that is, it was a subterranean chamber under the spot where Enki parked his ziggurat in Eridu, a basement of sorts. Enki and the other “gods,” frequently met there to discuss important matters. Oddly enough, it’s also referred to as an underground chamber of “sweet” or “fresh” water, a water vessel for temple rituals, the abyss, the bottomless pit, the deep, and in the Enuma Elish, Abzu was a god from which the gods and sons of god, emerged. All these concepts don’t appear to have much in common on first glance, but they actually apply to different aspects of the ABZU, which is why it has been so terribly misunderstood as an ancient symbol.
Note and remember for future reference, that Samuel Noah Kramer had already translated the word Abzu to be Abyss, meaning that the Abzu and the Abyss were one in the same. In fact, it is my contention that the word “Abzu” was the etymological origin of the word “Abyss.” Thusly, Enki’s E.ABZU, his E-ENGURRA, his ziggurat, rose up out of the Abzu, already completed, and floated above the water. Mainstream assyriologists assume the Abzu was in fact a reference to underground rivers of fresh water. However, were this the case, it couldn’t very well be the ocean. Assuming the Abyss or the Abzu are references to the ocean is, therefore, in direct contradiction with the ancient sumerian texts. The fresh water and salty water are not interchangeable.
Keep in mind, that the ancient past has been foraged from for millenia, to uphold various religious or non-religious positions, which by necessity, requires some descriptions be virtually ignored, while favoring others. But let’s see what happens when all the descriptions are applied and the symbols are re-interpreted as an integrated whole. To achieve this with the ABZU references, we also need to incorporate related, associated symbols. One such association is the dragon or “Tiamat.”
Tiamat also had the distinction of several different descriptions that seem totally unrelated. In the ancient texts it was referred to as a dragon, a monster, the salt water ocean or sea, the water of chaos, a goddess of birth, a constellation, and the gods and sons of god, also emerged from it.  Some pick only the dragon definition to elaborate on, while others choose the water of chaos, the ocean salt water, or the birth goddess. And still others, assume Tiamat and Abzu are one in the same. And, they are all correct! Each of those definitions do indeed fit Tiamat, although it isn’t the “Abzu” (or vice-a-versa), specifically, it does merge with the Abzu and even says as much in the ancient texts. Allow me to explain:
You see, the ABZU was an entrance to another place or many other places. It was a subterranean gate, apparently filled with swirling water, like a whirlpool. In the following excerpts, notice the gate is a conduit betwen the earth and heaven. Some believe that it simply meant the top of the Ziggurat was heaven and the bottom of the Ziggurat was the earth, but that doesn’t fit with the rest of the information, especially the references to the gate connecting the “holy shrine” in the depths of the “sea” (a misunderstanding of “ABZU”, which was also known as the “abyss”) and the Field Constellation:
It was a doorway of sorts, a gate to the “netherworld” which was in reality, a gate to outerspace, and it had at least one exit somewhere by the constellation “The Field” (possibly a reference to the Great Square of Pegasus, more on that later). It was the access point to Enki’s meeting chamber and at least one of his very special throne rooms. However, every entrance or exit, needs a hallway in order to get from point A to point B, and that’s where Tiamat comes in. Tiamat is the pathway through the hourglass. It embodies the application of “As above, so below,” the figure eight ouroboros and the infinity loop. In short, Tiamat was a wormhole connected to the ABZU, which was the gate of the wormhole. The two “waters”, salt and sweet, merged at the gate, creating a swirling vortex, the watery chaos of Tiamat.
And I quote:
With such a connection to the Earth, the gods and sons of god, could literally emerge from the ABZU, be “born” from it. It would appear as if the ABZU were giving birth from the birth canal of Tiamat’s swirling waters. These are the “primeval” waters from which the prototype, primeval mound (Enki’s E.ABZU), arose. This is also the origin of the belief that an interdimensional gate is opened via sex magic: The ziggurat or pyramid (and later, the obelisk and benben) representing a phallic symbol and the Gate and Tiamat, representing the vaginal opening and birth canal. So, let’s review what we know about Tiamat, so far:
1. Tiamat as a dragon, referencing that it’s a wormhole, an ouroboros pathway.
2. Tiamat as “salt water ocean” merging with the freshwater ABZU, the two waters combining in a swirling whirlpool at the ABZU gate entrance.
3. Tiamat as the water of chaos, referencing the whirlpool formed at the ABZU gate connection to the wormhole.
4. Tiamat as a goddess of birth, referencing the emerging of the “gods” from the wormhole through the ABZU gate.
5. Tiamat as a constellation, referencing the wormhole connection to a place near the “Field Constellation.”
It was the prototype for not only later ziggurats, it was also the prototype for earthly “thrones” of glory, such as the throne of the Emperor of China:
It could be argued that the story is really just referring to the construction of the building, “rising” up as it was being built. If such is the case, he apparently built it from a model of something else he was intimately familar with and endowed it with some technically advanced features, considering the time frame! Afterall, how many of the post-flood ziggurats were composed “entirely of silver” (those bricks weren’t just glazed with silver, they were “entirely” silver, covered with gold) and could “float?” Answer: none, as the post-flood ziggurats were simple mud brick constructions, crude copies of the original, which appears to have been a spacecraft and watergoing vessel of glowing metals!
And, this is just the beginning! Now, let’s look at the technological aspects of the ABZU’s counterpart, the dragon or Tiamat, on the next page.
1 Ancient Sumer was the first civilization on the planet (to date). It was ushered in by the Anunnaki, who taught the people music, the sciences, astronomy, languages (both spoken and written), mathematics, herbology, manipulation of the environment, hybridization of crops, genetic manipulation of livestock, religion, sexual promiscuity, war, mining for resources, jewelry-making, tailoring, blacksmithing, architecture, art, poetry, human sacrifice, and the whole gamut of “civilized behaviors.”
2Enki’s journey to Nibru: translation, The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature. Black, J.A., Cunningham, G., Ebeling, J., Flückiger-Hawker, E., Robson, E., Taylor, J., and Zólyomi, G., The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/), Oxford 1998- .
3 “Tiamat.” Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online. [Accessed February 24, 2006].
4Enki and the world order, Black, J.A., Cunningham, G., Ebeling, J., Flückiger-Hawker, E., Robson, E., Taylor, J., and Zólyomi, G., The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/), Oxford 1998- . The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
Related : Enlil in the E-kur http://earth-history.com/Sumer/enlil-ekur.htm
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