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The Nephilim Tradition From Ancient Sumer

The oldest literary tradition about great heroic kings claiming to have been scions of the gods dates back to the Sumerian King List in which the First Dynasty of Uruk is described as having been descended from the sun god, Utu. There are, however, myths that might even be older, myths that hold the key to gaining a better understanding of this very strange albeit fascinating claim. The earliest story of gods fathering earthly offspring was told about the first royal House of Uruk in Sumer. For the Sumerians this dynasty was unlike any other. They regarded this royal dynasty as one of the greatest dynasties, if not the very greatest, ever to have ruled over Sumer. On top of it all, this royal house was said to have been descended from the great gods themselves!

Uruk Archaealogical site at Warka, Iraq (Public Domain)

Uruk Archaealogical site at Warka, Iraq (Public Domain)

Descent From The Gods

According to the Sumerian King List, the first House of Uruk, currently called the First Dynasty of Uruk so as to distinguish them from later dynasties who ruled in Uruk and who also tracked their descend back to the early Urukites, descended from the sun god, Utu. This means that the members of this dynasty were not mere human beings but rather offspring of the gods. For the ancients, this superhuman descent was visible in the great and mighty deeds done and performed by those heroes, mighty men like Enmerkar, Lugalbanda, Dumuzi and Gilgamesh. The epic deeds done by these heroes are reflected in the great monuments attributed to them, monuments that date back to the Uruk Period in Sumerian history. In fact, the tradition about these early Urukite kings can be correlated with remarkable consistency and precision with developments taking place during the Uruk Period.


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