WHY WERE THE
ANCIENT GODS SO SHY?
by R.A. Boulay
The literature and mythology of ancient cultures is filled
with accounts of dragons, flying serpents, and other winged lizards.
Who, then, were these flying, fire-breathing creatures that seem
to have coexisted with early Man, sometimes as his benefactor
but many more times as his tormentor?
Perhaps they were just fabulous creatures, the product of Man's
fertile imagination. On the other hand, it is possible they were
the manifestation of something else - of traumatic events so disturbing
and deeply rooted in his past, that knowledge of their true nature
has been subconsciously suppressed and remembered only in allegorical
Quite a few civilizations of this world trace their ancestry
to such dragon-like lizards or flying serpents. In most cases,
they are credited with bringing the benefits of civilization to
Mankind. And quite often they are described as his actual creator.
Ancient man portrayed these creatures as superior beings or
gods, who could effortlessly move about the skies in their "fiery
chariots" or "boats of heaven." They usually lived
in a "heavenly abode" and often descended to interfere
in the affairs of Man.
The earliest and the most important of cultures, that of Mesopotamia,
was probably founded by these serpent-like gods. The colonization
of this planet by these creatures is described in one of the most
dramatic and significant of ancient documents. It is the so-called
Dated to the Third Millennium BC, this document provides the
succession of the Kings of Sumer and their successors, the length
of their reigns since, what was to the Sumerians, the beginning
of time when their ancestors came here and "descended"
to Earth to establish a number of cities on the alluvial plain
of Mesopotamia. Calling themselves Anunnaki, these Proto-Sumerians
are credited with the establishment of Western, if not World,
Surprisingly enough, there is considerable data on these early
civilizations - the Sumerian, later to be replaced by the Akkadian
and the Babylonian cultures. From the numerous cuneiform tablets,
monuments, and artifacts that have been unearthed in recent times,
it is possible to reconstruct the events which transpired in the
early days of Mankind.
There is also a mass of evidence, which was originally derived
from the same source, but was given a religious interpretation
by being transmitted through priestly channels. It was from this
vast reservoir of ancient sources that the stories of the Old
Testament were derived.
From a combination of these ancient secular and religious sources,
it is thus possible to piece together the story of our ancestry
which lies in the coming of the alien serpent-gods or astronauts
who colonized Earth many eons ago.
It will be found that our ancestors started a colony on Earth
in order to obtain metals for their homeplanet. In order to process
and transport these metals by air freighter to the orbiting mother
ship, they built five operational cities in Mesopotamia. One of
these served as a space launch platform.
The Sumerian people referred to these "gods" as Anunnaki,
literally the sons of An, their chief god and leader. The Anunnaki
were an alien race. In reality they were a race of sapient reptiles.
They required a cheap labor force and for this reason they created
a primitive man.
By combining the characteristics of the native ape-man or Neanderthal
type man, with their own saurian nature, they produced the "Adam"
of the Old Testament. This Adam was half-human and half-reptile,
however, and being a clone could not reproduce himself.
As conditions began to change on Earth and the climate dried
out, it became necessary for them to modify the Adam to better
adapt it to the variable climate. The Homo saurus was modified
and given more mammalian traits. This was the Biblical "Fall
of Man" where Adam achieved "knowing" or the ability
to reproduce sexually.
As a result of this genetic modification, Man lost most of
his saurian appearance and nature, his shiny, luminous skin, and
scaly hide. He acquired mammalian characteristics - a soft flexible
skin, body hair, the need to sweat, and the ability to produce
live young. He no longer ran around naked. He now had to wear
clothing for comfort and protection. For all purposes, Man was
now a Homo sapiens. Modern man or Cro-Magnon Man had arrived upon
Man soon populated the Earth as slaves for these saurian masters.
He was sorely tested by the astronauts who descended to Earth
and mated with the daughters of Man. Known in the Scriptures as
the Nefilim, they not only produced mixed offspring, but also
conducted genetic experiments which went awry and produced many
This was a trying period for Mankind, for in this era he was
literally food for the gods. It is the time of the Biblical Patriarchs
and the Sumerian god kings.
The turmoil on Earth was abruptly ended by the onset of a natural
worldwide catastrophe, known as the Deluge or Great Flood. At
this time, the gods retreated to their space ship, leaving behind
their semi-divine offspring to perish with Mankind in the world
After the waters had subsided they descended once more to establish
new cities on the plains of Mesopotamia. Again mating with Mankind,
they produced a race of semi-divine beings to rule their empire
on Earth. In addition, a race of warrior-gods was established
in the lands of the Levant. Descendants of the Nefilim, but known
by the name of Rephaim, this barbaric race plagued humanity for
thousands of years and were eliminated as a threat until the First
In ancient Mesopotamia, the gods resided in a temple atop a
ziggurat, a stepped pyramid raised above the plains, and were
shielded from the general public and accessible only to a few
trusted priests. Here they ate in privacy, surrounded by curtains,
so that even the attending priests could not see them dine. One
wonders if their table manners were so atrocious that they had
to be hidden even from their retainers. Or was it something more
In the Old Testament, the overriding need for privacy is also
true. During the event known as the Exodus, the deity lived in
a tent and was never seen, nor did he dine in public. Specific
instructions were given to Moses on how to prepare the food which
was left on a grill near the quarters of the deity for him to
snack on in privacy.
It was forbidden for humans to see him. Moses was told flatly
by his God that "you cannot see my face, for man may not
see me and live." And this prohibition against being seen
by humans is carried to an extreme throughout the Scriptures.
It became an injunction of not to make "a graven image"
or a likeness of the deity.
Thus Man is not only banned from seeing what his god looked
like but even to make an image of what he thought he looked like.
Why the taboo? Could it be that its appearance would be so foreign
and repulsive that it had to be withheld from man? One would logically
assume that if the deities were so superior and grand as the Scriptures
indicate, that they would be flattered and pleased to allow man
to see and copy their magnificence!
Only a privileged few were allowed to even approach the deities.
In Mesopotamia they were the demi-gods, the offspring of the mating
of a god or goddess and a human. These formed the aristocracy,
and were entrusted by the gods to see to their needs and to form
a barrier with Mankind. Even these demi-gods or "changelings,"
as they were called, were somewhat strange in appearance and probably
had certain reptilian characteristics. The fabled Gilgamesh, for
example, had something odd in his appearance that made him stand
out from normal men. The Biblical Patriarchs also had something
unusual about their looks as is shown by the irrational behavior
of Noah when he was seen naked by his sons.
According to the ancient Babylonian tradition, as reported
by Berossus, the Babylonian priest writing in Athens in The Third
Century BC, Man's ancestry and origin can be traced to one Oannes,
an amphibious creature that came out of the Persian Gulf to teach
the arts of civilization to Man.
Berossus called them "annedoti" which translates
as "the repulsive ones" in Greek. He also refers to
them as "musarus" meaning "an abomination."
In this way, Babylonian tradition credits the founding of civilization
to a creature which they considered to be a repulsive abomination.
If the tradition had been invented, a more normal attitude
would have been to glorify these creatures as splendid gods or
heroes. Yet the fact that they chose to describe their ancestors
this way argues for the authenticity of the account.
The reptilian appearance of the Biblical gods was a well-kept
secret and only occasionally is it perceptible in the Old Testament,
as for example, the obvious worship of the "seraph"
or "brazen serpent" in the incident during the Exodus.
There are many more references, many of them explicit, in the
mass of religious literature which forms the basis for the books
of the Old Testament.
The view is now accepted that the Old Testament went through
considerable editing and selection by the priestly transcribers.
But elsewhere in the religious literature, not subject to their
heavy hand, there is found a different picture.
In the Haggadah, the source of Jewish legend and oral tradition,
it is revealed that Adam and Eve lost their "lustrous and
horny hide" as the result of eating the forbidden fruit.
The Gnostics, rivals to the early Christians, relate that as
a result of eating the fruit, Adam and Eve achieved knowledge,
part of which was to realize that their creators were "beastly
The sad fact is that we have created God in our image and not
the other way around. In this way, we have hidden the true identity
of our creators.
Most of the world mythologies and religions refer to their
ancestors as flying serpents or dragons who brought the arts and
crafts of civilization to Mankind. The oldest of Chinese books,
the mysterious "Yih King," claims that the first humans
were formed by the ancient goddess Nu Kua [Editor: compare linguistically
to Ninkhursag.] who was a dragon. The early Chinese emperors claimed
to be descendants of this dragon goddess.
The oldest and most famous of the Hindu classics, the "Ramayana"
and the "Mahabharata," concern the intercourse of early
man with the serpent-gods who were also their ancestors.
Central American and African mythology relate how flying serpents
and dragon-like beings descended from the heavens to teach them
the basics of civilization.
The dragons and flying serpents that so permeate ancient mythology
were actually large-legged lizards, who also had the ability to
travel about in their airborne craft. How else could the ancients
illustrate this fact except by providing them with wings?
Even the Old Testament implies that the serpent of the Garden
of Eden was a lizard or reptile for, if he had lost his hands
and feet as a result of the Fall of Man, then logically he must
previously been a legged snake or reptile.
sent in by Undine D.
FLYING SERPENTS AND DRAGONS
By R. A. Boulay Š1990
Editorial Comments By Roberto Solārion Š1997
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