Mysteries of Dilmun

By  Kantzveldt of ATS.

Dilmun, the land of the living that became as it were the land of the dead, the land of the star and crescent and deepest of mysteries…


Dilmun, sometimes described as “the place where the sun rises” and “the Land of the Living”, is the scene of some versions of the Sumerian creation myth, and the place where the deified Sumerian hero of the flood, Utnapishtim was taken by the gods to live forever.

For Dilmun, the land of my lady’s heart, I will create long waterways, rivers and canals, whereby water will flow to quench the thirst of all beings and bring abundance to all that lives.

What remains today in places such as Bahrain are scattered ruins and thousands of burial mounds dating back over the millenia, but i want to look here at the seals of Dilmun and the evidence they provide toward reconstrucing religious traditions centred on Dilmun with refards to a place of First creation and the plant of Life, the key toward immortality.

The Sumerian mysteries of Dilmun are as i suggested those of the star and crescent symbolism were the crescent is the ‘Lady of the Month’, the Goddess Nin-Ti, whose name translates as ‘Lady of Life’, a Lunar symbol and one that originates in the myth of Enki and Ninhursaga, were Nin-Ti as the rib is one of eight children given birth to by Enki and Ninhursag related to plants and parts of the body in conjunction with the spider Goddess Uttu.

To the right can be seen Nin-Ti within the Abzu portal, Enki and Ninhursag either side, seen in conjunction with the plant of Life and the crescent symbol above.

The eight children born in the myth have strong associations with Dilmun and Magan, two of them being Lords of those places, the Goddess Nazi was of the Persian gulf waters, there is Ab-U Lord of grasses and cereals and Nin-kasi who changed the water into beer.

“For the little ones to whom I have given birth may rewards not be lacking. Ab-u shall become king of the grasses, Ninsikila shall become lord of Magan, Ningiriutud shall marry Ninazu, Ninkasi shall be what satisfies the heart, Nazi shall marry Nindara, Azimua shall marry Ninĝišzida, Ninti shall become the lady of the month, and Ensag shall become lord of Dilmun.”

These eight have relationship to the eight pointed star or floret of Dilmun which represents Sirius as their pseudo-Mother was the spider Goddess Uttu of Canis Major, depictions of her are very rare but she is seen here in the image to the right in connection with the Dilmun tree of Life, at the top.

The crescent then also relates to Canis Major, whether as the rib Goddess Nin-Ti are just an aspect of the spider Goddess.

Uttu in Sumerian mythology is the goddess of weaving and clothing. She is both the child of Enki and Ninkur, and she bears seven new child/trees from Enki, the eighth being the Ti (Tree of “Life”, associated with the “Rib”). When Enki then ate Uttu’s children, Ninhursag cursed him with eight wounds and disappears. Uttu in Sumerian means “the woven” and she was illustrated as a spider in a web


The only other representation of her i’m aware of is one i sourced were she is seen in conjunction with the earliest configuaration of Orion, but she is important in terms of the celestial axis symbolism of Dilmun in that she sits at the very top of a tree/axis that has it’s base in Pegasus.

In reconstructing their interest in that Celestial axis it can be seen that the Apkallu are generally ever present and seemingly concerned with it’s establishment, so as i said it has it’s base as the Pegasus square which is attested as associated with the Abzu of Enki, known as the ‘Field Constellation’ and understood as the place were land emerged from the seas, the Abzu portal can be represented by a grid.

So seen in connection with Enki are constellations such as the stag/Andromeda and the ram/Aires a curious sea serpent/Cetus, Perseus as the Panther is also often seen in conjunction with the stag and ram on Near Eastern tree of Life symbolism, but it is only at Dilmun were this axis can be seen to extend to Canis Major, extending upward from the grid portal of Pegasus terminating in the star and crescent

As the Celestial axis passes through Taurus there is also seen concern with a secondary grid portal above that constellation which can be commonly found in Sumerian iconography, the Pegasus portal is that of the Abzu but that at Taurus has connection to the Underworld entrance, there is correlation to the intersection point of the ecliptic and Galactic planes above Taurus and just below Gemini and the configuartion is as best seen in the West, the place of setting.

So at Dilmun can be seen the common interest in that portal and it can also be represented by a grid, indeed a pair of Apkallu can be seen in one example sort of clambering out of it, the Goddess Inanna will also be generally seen in this region given her connectivity to the Pleiades.

The overall celestial axis presented by the Dilmun iconography is a curious one, it can be said to connect the portals to the Abzu and Netherworld and arguably the High Heavens if such can be represented by Sirius, and it could have been readily observed and followed by observing the line up through Sirius-Orion-Taurus toward Pegasus, all highly important constellations to the Sumerians, it very much relates to the cult of Enki and the Apkallu so strong in the gulf region and fittingly terminates with his spider Goddess daughter.

In connection with Canis Major there is found the cult of artificial insemination, were the seed of Enki is removed from the body of the Goddess Uttu and used to create eight plants and then these are eaten by Enki, and Ninhursag has to help him in giving birth to the eight children relating to plants/body parts, also physician Goddesses had connectivity to Canis Major such as Bau and Gula, Ninisin, Ninsumen, these were understood as creating heroes and Rulers through artificial impregnation with the essence of Anunnaki in the form of Shuba stones, diamonds, the general concern is always with Life, no matter how strangely created

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