Four copper-alloy foundation figures depicting ancient Mesopotamian gods wearing characteristic horned crowns, c. 2130 B.C.E. (Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin/Wikimedia Commons)
Theories About The Anunnaki
The ancient Sumerians described the Anunnaki as having animal-like features, wings, and extraordinary size. The deities wore horned caps, and their clothing was said to be made of a strange material called melam that surrounded them in "terrifying splendor" and caused humans who encountered it to experience a "physical tingling of the flesh." They were also described as having amazing superpowers. They dictated the actions of humans and passed judgement on wayward individuals.
While many researchers believe that the tales of the Anunnaki are nothing more than mythology that ancient people invented to explain the unknown, others have different theories about the Anunnaki. Among the most popular is that the Anunnaki were an actual race of pre-humans that came from another planet whose orbit brings it close to Earth every few thousand years.
According to the "ancient alien" theory, the Anunnaki traveled to Earth in the distant past in search of gold. They encountered a primitive race of early humans, and through genetic manipulation and DNA splicing, they created modern humans as a cheap, easy-to-train labor force to mine gold. They taught the humans math and how to write and otherwise advanced their civilization, and once they had enough gold, they returned to their own planet, leaving behind a genetically altered race of humans that still viewed their alien masters as gods.