More Fun with Zecharia Sitchin: Looking for Rocket Ships in Sumerian Texts

Squint real hard, you might see them.

This video is longer (19:00) because I go through the major lexical resources for Akkadian and Sumerian — all publicly accessible — to show that (surprise!) Zecharia Sitchin’s translations (“rocket ship”; “fiery rocket”) for SHU.MU (shumu) in Sumerian and Akkadian are bogus.

Enjoy (or grind your teeth).

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Fun with Zecharia Sitchin: Let’s Search for the Anunnaki

Okay, this probably isn’t going to be fun (especially to followers of Zecharia Sitchin), but I’m trying.

Those of you who know of Sitchin and his work know that one of his major claims is that the Sumerian deities, the Anunnaki, were actually extraterrestrials. That’s right . . . aliens. Sitchin has published millions of copies of his various books that detail how the Anunnaki are from a planet (or is is a ship?) called Nibiru. And the really cool thing is that all this is right there in the Sumerian texts!  Uh . . . well . . . no it’s not.  Despite the fact that the New York Times ran a story on Sitchin just two weeks ago (he’s 89 now) and he says “I’m not making this up; it’s in the texts,” he IS making it up (hope you’re not shocked).

But how can I prove this to you, my dedicated PaleoBabble readers? (Wracking my brain . . . ). Oh, I know. There’s this website called The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL) . . . that lets you search for Sumerian words.  Maybe that will help.

Yeah; it helps. This is the place where any loyal Sitchinites who come across this post may want to leave. Truth is about to send the Anunnaki home.

It ain’t exciting, but here is a video of me searching the ETCSL for the word “Anunnaki”. If you want a PDF of the search results, here it is. Better yet, after you watch it you can head over to the site and repeat the search so you can know by experience that I’m not the one making things up . . . that would be someone else.

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Caribbean Structures and Google Earth

A PaleoBabble reader (Wes) provided some Google Earth coordinates for the alleged undersea city structures I blogged about recently. I plugged in the coordinates and here are two images. Pretty interesting. I have no experience reading satellite photos, but the features are clear.

Here’s what you get with the coordinates:

Here’s a closeup:

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New Gospel of Judas Fragments

You can read the short post on the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog here. I recommend clicking through to the links, especially to April DeConick’s blog. April, as readers may recall, is strongly opposed (for very coherent reasons) to the notion that the Gospel of Judas presents Judas a hero.

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Stats for 2009

Glad to be past the holidays and into a normal routine.  I checked the stats on my websites and blogs on NY eve, and this one had the most traffic for the year. Here are the stats:

Visitors: 169,566

Page Views:  290,145

Thanks to everyone who visits!  Please link to my blog so we can keep building it!