The Anunnaki: Myth Of Ancient Deities That Predate History And Supposedly Created Humanity

By | August 27, 2020

test article image
Detail of the Sumerian ruler from the British Museum's collection. (CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)

If you've ever watched the History Channel's Ancient Aliens or similar TV shows, you've probably heard some wild-haired guy talk about the Anunnaki, a collection of gods that appear in the mythology of the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians, and Assyrians. These pseudo-archaeologists have investigated the tales associated with the Anunnaki and come to a startling conclusion: that they were a race of aliens that populated the Earth. 

test article image
Akkadian cylinder seal dating to c. 2300 B.C.E. depicting the deities Inanna, Utu, and Enki, three members of the Anunnaki. (The British Museum Collections/Wikimedia Commons)

The Ancient Sumerians

Sumer was one of the first great human civilizations, thriving across a group of city-states in Mesopotamia from about 4100 B.C.E. until about 1750 B.C.E. Sumerian mythology was complex, but it described the Anunnaki ("princely offspring" in Sumerian) as heavenly beings. The statues of the Anunnaki were dressed, given food, and otherwise treated as though they were the embodiment of the deities. Ancient Sumerians even moved the statues around so they could attend various festivals and sacred events.