The Annunaki has been one of my most investigated cultures / people? If you follow these “Gods” through history you can find similarity’s between many old cultures “Gods” and the Annunaki. From Sumeria to India to Africa and on to South America and up to Scandinavia. “Long tall white Gods”, i have written about it before and they are so fascinating.
The ancient language of Babylonian can be heard for the first time in almost 2,000 years after Cambridge University scholars posted readings and poems online. Babylonian, one of the chief languages of Ancient Mesopotamia, dates back as far as the second millennium BC but died out around 2,000 years ago. However, Cambridge historians have resurrected the ancient tongue by discovering how the language was pronounced and spoken.
King Of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar
An example can be listen to here
The ancient language of Babylonian can be heard for the first time in almost 2,000 years after Cambridge University scholars posted readings and poems online. Babylonian, one of the chief languages of Ancient Mesopotamia, dates back as far as the second millennium BC but died out around 2,000 years ago. However, Cambridge historians have resurrected the ancient tongue by discovering how the language was pronounced and spoken. Researchers have now recorded readings of ancient tablets, poems and laws, and posted them online.
The project is the brainchild of Dr Martin Worthington, of the University of Cambridge, who described uncovering the pronunciation as ‘detective work’. These tablets have not been read aloud for over 2,000 years and working out how Babylonian was pronounced required detailed forensic investigation. Researchers studied letter combinations and spelling patterns as well as transcriptions into other ‘known’ languages to unlock the key to the language. Dr Worthington said: ‘Whenever I tell people what I do, the first question they ask is what did Babylonian sound like, and how do you know? It’s essentially detective work.
Take a look at some of these translations!
- I i 13 : Anu had gone up away to heaven
- I i 14 : Enlil had seized earth as his realm
- I i 15 : the bolts and the slings of the sea
- I i 16 : had been given to Enki the prince
- I i 17 : The ones of Anu had gone up to heaven
- I i 18 : and the ones of Enki had descended into Apsû
‘We will never know for sure that a Babylonian would have approved of our attempts at pronunciation, but by looking at the original sources closely, we can make a pretty good guess.
‘In the end I decided that the best thing to do would be to create a resource where people can listen to it for themselves.
‘I also wanted to dispel some long-standing myths. Many people think that the further you go back in history, the less you know about it.
‘In fact, we have masses of information about the Babylonians.’ Dr Worthington has released 30 recordings including excerpts from some of the earliest works of literature known to man.
A clay tablet known as the Jursa tablet
A clay tablet known as the Jursa tablet that proves the existence of a Babylonian official in the Bible These texts were taken from cuneiform inscriptions found on clay tablets in Mesopotamia, which comprises Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. These include the Epic of Gilgamesh and also documents including the Codex Hammurabi, an ancient law code dating from 1790BC. Dr Worthington hopes that when listeners hear the sound of Babylonian they will be encouraged to study the language further. He said: ‘In many cases these stories are the equivalent of Old English tales like Beowulf.’Through them, we meet gods, giants, monsters and all sorts of other weird and wonderful creatures. As stories they are amazing fun.’
Listen to : Diviner’s Prayer to the Gods of the Night, read by Michael Streck
The princes are closely guarded, The bolts are lowered, rings set in place.
The noisy people are fallen silent, Gates (once) opened are locked.
The gods of the land, goddesses of the land,Šamaš, Sîn, Adad and Ištar
Have gone off into the “lap of heaven”. They will give no judgment, they will decide no cases.
Veiled is the night. The palace, its chapel, (and) sanctuary are dark.
The wayfarer calls out to the god, the petitioner keeps on sleeping.
The judge of justice, father of the destitute Šamaš, has gone into his sanctuary.
May the great gods of the night, brilliant Girra, warrior Erra, he “Bow”, the “Yoke”, Orion, the “Dragon”, the “Wagon”, the “She-Goat”,
the “Bison”, the “Horned Serpent”, stand by!
In the extispicy which I am performing, In the lamb which I am offering,place for me the truth!
Sound Mp3 here
The collection of Babylonian readings is available to listen to for free here: