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The Anunnaki are a group of Sumerian mythological deities. The name "Anunnaki" means something to the effect of 'those of royal blood' or 'princely offspring'.
New Age beliefs
There is a popular New Age belief that the Babylonian Anunnaki were extraterrestrial god-men that arrived on the earth to create a species of slaves (mankind), from recombinant genetics and apes, to work gold mines for them and be their servants. This popular myth was largely encouraged by the works of one Zecharia Sitchin in his book, The Twelfth Planet. The Anunnaki were supposed to have come to the earth from a planet called "Nibiru", the supposed "twelfth planet" in the solar system. The Anunnaki figure in much Babylonian lore.
In fact they did arrive on this world from an old world, and they did arrive in a great ship. They landed on a mountain and propagated the renewed race of man.
The Anunnaki were nothing more than the antediluvians: Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth and their wives who arrived in the great ship, the Ark of Noah, from a destroyed old world. Examination of this phrase in a similar Semitic language will help decipher this simple mystery. The Sumerians were among the first city-states to form after the flood, the Akkadians and ancient Babylonians were right there with them and all "spoke one language."
Anu-noachi is how its pronounced in Hebrew, which is a related Semitic language.
- אנ (an) “ship”
- נו (nu) “of us”
- נח (noakh) “Noah”
- י (ee) possessive “our”
- אנ נו נחי - An-nu-noakhi “We of the ship of Noah,”
Likewise, the distant planet Nibiru of Sitchin, is, linguistically, a clear reference to a doomed planet, this much he got right. However, the planet that was prophetically doomed was the pre-flood earth not some alien world. Again Hebrew helps define the meaning. Nibi (Strong’s #5029) means “prophet” or “prophecy” and Ru-Ra (Strong’s #7451) means “evil” “calamity” as in the evil, Egyptian “Ra star” of the Exodus. God prophetically warned Noah 120 years prior to the deluge of its coming.