Destiny of the Nungal :
A follow-up meeting took place that same evening. Important matters needed to be discussed.
For example, the dispensation of the code of laws, the Mardukù. Decree 40 designated Sa'am as the sole possessor of the rights to put the Mardukù into practice. But the Kuku wished to name Enlil as the Master and Administrator of the Mardukù, with Sa'am being constrained to the more limited role of Chief Executive (whatever that may be). Would Sa'am be of good will and cooperative?
They raised another issue.
While An and his warriors had soundly defeated the Kingú and were consolidating a position in this solar system, clearly this was but a local victory; the gateways out of the solar system had been closed. Whatever they were going to have in the way of a base was going to have to be constructed here from locally-available resources.
An and his creator Anšár were envisioning a colony that at the very least could provide their people with food and other survival needs, and which sheltered sufficient stargates to allow travel and communications around the solar system. For this, Sa'am-Enki thought of the vast Edin plain in the middle of which he had established his little Nunkiga (Eridu) agricultural station. This was in an area north of present-day Iraq, near the Taurus mountains. Here there was a concentration of more than twenty Diranna (stargates).
And so Sa'am-Enki suggested this site. An, Enlil, and the others were enchanted with the proposition, and they all went to inspect the place the next day.
There they found some Nungal working in plantations where Sé'et had been developing medicinal plants. Enlil found this quite disagreeable, it being more of a pastoral place than a potential command post. But they also saw a practical drawback: the area was quite arid and waterways would need to be constructed. Lacking any equipment for achieving this, the prospect was for rivers and streams to actually be carved out by hand labor. But who would do it?
An would not consider using his victorious Gina'abul warriors for such a menial task. Sa'am-Enki suggested Kingú prisoners of war, but An drily replied that he was not in the habit of taking any prisoners of war. Amasutum were actually proposed.
In the end, it came down to Enki's faithful Nungal, who were made to report to work without even the use of hand tools that had been offered to them for their use by the Ama'argi. The justification for using them was that they contained some Kingú genetics.
This development actually physically sickened Enki for quite some time...
Eventually, Dim'mege alerted Mam to Sa'am's condition. Partly to shock him back into action, and partly because it simply was needed, Mam paid a visit to Sa'am, informing him that she had arranged an Assembly of the Ušumgal High Council to meet there, in Sa'am's own Abzu, the next day, to finalize the division of tasks and lands before An returned to Salbatánu (Mars). Mam and Sa'am would preside over this Assembly.
"...Raise yourself, show to your progenitor, to Enlil, to the ensemble of Nindigir (priestesses) of Uraš that you are worthy of their confidence! You have been associated to the Source by my intermediary. I chose you even before we were informed of your hidden filiation. You are blessed by the Kadištu (Life Designers). Have they not revealed to you your mission? Before looking after others, take care of yourself quickly my son. Do not disappoint me, Son of the Water!"
Sa'am was divided over this new prospect. He was, after all, partly the creation of An. He was part Gina'abul and he shared their pride. Was he ready for this new commandment from his mother? What did the Gina'abul have to say to him? These were the questions with which Sa'am faced the Assembly next day.
We will not have the space here to reflect the rich description of the proceedings that you will find in Parks' book. We do want to cover the key events of this epic meeting between Mam, Dim'mege, Sa'am, the Ušumgal de Margid'da (Ursa Major) and their fifty Anunna dignitararies.
The physical arrangement was in the time-immemorial manner of the Amašutum: a throne composed of two seats (occupied by Nammu and Sa'am) presided over several rows of benches.
Dim'mege was placed near An, in the first row. A piece of gilded silk, richly brocaded, covered her nose and her mouth... doubtless a sign of dissatisfaction toward the High Council. She appeared to have lost some weight.
First on the agenda, raised by Sa'am, was the fate of his poor Nungal, 300 individuals struggling with the gigantic physical task of constructing the colony's waterways with practically their bare hands. He wanted to know why they could not use Kingú prisoners for this.
Lahmu, the son of Abzu-Abba, got right down to it:
(Lahmu) "If you had not created Alagni (clones) from impure blood, you would not be in this position, young imbecile! The Nungal have the fate they merit. They are bastards whom no one in this assembly had wished to see born, including Tiamata, your "genetrice" (progenitor), and yourself!"
"What audacity!" cried Sa'am.
"Are you then so old that memory plays games with you these days? It is Anšár himself who had solicited our queen for the creation of the life designers, with the sole aim of cloning soldiers who would be under your control, that is to say the control of the Ušumgal de Margid'da (Ursa Major). The Nungal were assembled partly from sequences composed by your own creator, Abzu-Abba. I then took the responsibility to reprogram certain genes during the final sessions. As you know, we were pressed for time and the cloning sessions were realized rapidly. Specifically, Nammu was opposed to the reutilization of an unknown material."
An and Ninmah crossed regards...
Ninmah rose calmly and appeased the assembly with a tranquil voice:
(Ninmah) "Lahmu truly needs someone to revive his memory! Let certain members of the Assembly be definitely advised of the following facts:
Sa'am-Enki is not responsible for the physical state of the Nungal! As he has just declared, he has merely utilised an existing material. He cannot be entirely blamed for his error, because his act was foreseeable! May the truth be known here and may our children work together for the survival of our colony.
I have always had access to the genetic patrimony of our race. With the accord of the majority of the Ušumgal, I have secretly been charged by An with modifying the gifts of certain cells...
We suspected that Sa'am was going to have to create Alagni (clones) in his haste. Also he fell into the trap that had been set for him by his Kuku. The Nungal would not have been able to survive in the plan of the Ušumgal, so it was simpler that they be made in the image of our sworn enemies, the Kingú-Babbar! Believe me, Enki, the Nungal would not be living today if events had unfolded the way you think. Their presence at our side is finally a blessing."
We provided here a taste of the contentions that characterized these momentous proceedings. But again with the limitations of this presentation, we can do little more than to state that the following conclusions were reached:
In spite of Sa'am's fervent wish otherwise, the Nungal would be required to complete their labor and assist in the establishment of the colony. Those who survived would have their lives saved.
The established presence of the Kingú in this system from the night of time would be respected.
Sé-et would remain a prisoner.
Zehuti (Thot) would be granted freedom with Enlil's blessing.
The Ušumgal had maneuvered into a position of control over the Mardukù texts, with Enlil henceforth the colony's Šàtam (Administrator) in Chief.
In formalizing that last point, Ninmah performed, with the unanimous accord of the Assembly's permanent members, the ritual of the transmission of the Divine Laws on her lover, deposing on his shoulders the pectoral of brilliant crystals, Gina'abul symbol of supreme authority. These were the ME that contained the precepts of the line of Anduruna (Gina'abul star system in the Great Bear constellation). In these crystals was figured, among an enormous mass of information, an integral copy of the Mardukù with all the rules that composed it. This act was heavy in meaning, as it placed Enlil "above" the laws...
The contentious proceedings were by no means completed with that. There remained the hard choices that would determine the character of the new colony that, as we show a little further down this page, was being established at Kharsag, in the Taurus Mountains southwest of Lake Van in present-day Turkey.
We have provided numerous illustrations of this area. Readers would do well to click here, opening a second explorer window onto the series of illustrations, and lending reality to the points of the debate or rather the struggle taking place at this point in the great assembly.
It is quite striking that the factors driving the establishment of this place that became so iconic in the memory of the as-yet unborn human race -- after all, Eden -- seem so understandable and reasonable to us now, when we are able to learn of them.
- "the brilliant hillock/mound" or "the sacred mound", not unrelated to the place of the creation of the Anunna, the Dukù (the holy mound) situated in Mulmul (the Pleiades) and ultimately conveying the same sense. It is of course a play of words.
Thus Ninmah had been thinking of a base, actually to be the principal residence of the colony, in the mountains of the South, to which she had given the name Dukug. It would support the development of the river system being carved by the Nungal in the vast Edin (the plain). This would be a forest city where would dwell the fifty Anunna dignitaries forming the Ušumgal High Council.
The Assembly was hardly of one mind over this idea. An, for example, was opposed; he couldn't understand the benefit of putting so much effort into the construction of what would be a temporary city. But Enlil believed it would endure a good length of time... the time required for the Nungal to accomplish their task.
Anšár supported An, proposing to simply install the colony where they were, in the Abzu, without bothering to consult Sa'am who had been given authority over that realm. But that was out of the question for Enlil anyway, who needed to have the colony be near the Edin where he could keep an eye over the progress of the Nungal.
Sa'am remarked to Enlil that if the rapid advancement of the work were his wish, he ought to allow the Nungal the use of the drilling machines (Albarzil), of which the Ama'argi possessed several. These large devices had been used to carve the deep tunnels that traversed numerous regions of the globe.
Enlil was torn between seeing the Nungal undergo punishing labor on the one hand, and being the supervisor of a well-executed project on the other.
(Enlil seemed to have it in for the Nungal... not for anything they ever did, as far as we can tell, but simply for who they were. In other words, for their genetics. In other words, for reasons of racism, that existed before there were any humans on the planet to practice it. It was well-known among those who were to become the gods of Uraš. Would you say that it is still, to this day?)
Ninmah's main concern was to gain the Council's approval of her project. If the work on the plain advanced too rapidly, her program in the mountain risked becoming unable to retain interest. Enlil understood this. He negotiated Sa'am's presence on the Dukug near the colony, at least for the time it would take to construct the city, because he wished to make Sa'am the project manager for the region. With this as condition, and assuming the project be approved by vote, he authorised the sending of one Albarzil to Edin, to where the Nungal were working.
Ninmah had developed the design of the city, which she named Kharsag. It was to be disposed in terraces and comprised of a great garden where grew an abundance of trees. It would be composed of orchards and plantations for the benefit of the entire colony. The buildings were to be constructed from cedar, which was available in the mountains.
Kharsag would be encircled by a palissade that would protect the city from eventual predators, or even the Ugubi (apes) or the Ukubi (genus Homo) who wore clothing of skins and carried weapons of wood and who loved to perch in the heights to view from a distance their game.
Ninmah presented her plan to An, who seemed to be opposed to it. But Enlil lent his support, and with his gift for language, detailed the need to build large buildings and a great reservoir to support the plantations and the community. Equally needed would be roads and irrigation canals.
Enlil then turned to Mamítu, hoping for her support of the project by way of furnishing them the secret of plantations by means of which several crops can be produced in a single season. But Mamítu expressed disinterest in the whole thing, as long as her daughter remained a prisoner.
(Mamítu) My place is not with you in the mountains. It is not negotiable and neither is the presence of my son at your sides!
Anšár stood up like a picket post and responded with force:
(Anšár) Then be condemned officially Mamítu-Nammu by the High Council! That she be branded anathema and be excluded from our assemblies beginning with this day!
Anšár raised his right hand; the entire ensemble of the High Council stood without making any request and voted on this decision. Ninmah and I were the only ones not to ratify the condemnation. Not being part of the High Council, Dìm-mege did not have voting rights.
Ninmah stared fixedly at my genetrice. Doubtless she found this sentence too unjust...
Enlil, totally euphoric, profited from this moment of exultation to put the coup de grâce. He probably had not noticed that his companion did not support him this time:
(Enlil) I ask of the Assembly that the name of Sagba (anathema) be attributed to Mamítu-Nammu. That she carry henceforward the malediction conferred by the High Council!
More than half the voters ratified this wish and my mother left her seat. She could not resist lancing at Enlil the following:
(Mamítu) I remember you when you were but a vulgar fugitive on Nalulkára. My descendant, who is your creator, has just come to me to ask what he should do with you... I regret that his heart finally took over from his reason. In spite of the prowess of your creator, mixed-bloods are decidedly not Alagni (clones) of the highest order and you are an example of exactly that. I predict for you a deadly destiny, my son, you will finish alone and tormented forever, I promise you!
Ninmah rose and declared the following:
(Ninmah) May the Assembly be indulgent. Nammu's anger is noted, but her words overstep her thoughts. Enlil is a marvelous creation, so here be praised Enki-Nudimmud (Enki the Cloner) for his prodigy!
The congregation chanted in a single voice: "Nudimmud!"
Mam left the room, demanding that the Assembly leave the Abzu after the session. Without hesitation, Dìm-mege came toward me and took a place at my side, on the seat of her creatrice.
Perhaps ironically, all this led to An's invitation to Ninmah to continue making her case for her ambitious project, and finally its acceptance by the assembly.
Finally, festivities were about to begin when Dim'mege addressed the High Council on the question of the division of the riches of Uraš (the Earth). Anšár counseled her to arrange with Enki, as Master of the Abzu, to share its riches with his maternal family. He stared then at Enki and Dim'mege, making the following specification:
(Anšár) Enki will make you share in the decrees inscribed on the Mardukù. Numerous are those which concern the role of the Amašutum with respect to the Anunna. Your females will be a great support to us. They will not escape these decrees graven on the plaques of kùsig (gold) deposited in the Abzu of Mulge (the black star). Be it recalled that according to our code vigorously enforced by the actual authority of Anduruna (Gina'abul stellar system in Ursa Major), the presence of this holy Didabbasar (text of laws) in Ti-ama-te (the solar system) is in force here on Uraš and in the entire solar system. Thus I invite you, daughter of Nammu, to consult the Mardukù as quickly as possible and to take your dispositions to requisition your females so that they may place themselves under the orders of the executive depositions of this text, that is to say your brother Enki, as well as Enlil, the venerable Šàtam (Territorial Administrator) of our foundation program. In the future, daughter of Nammu, we want you to know that we would like you to mix your breath with ours, as this piece of silk that covers your face is an insult to the High Council.
My sister had to draw her veil forthwith. The members of the auditorium stood in unison, as if to liberate themselves from this spell which at been heavy and interminable. Dim'mege posed on me a regard filled with compassion and withdrew her Gúrkur from one of the folds of her robe of silk. She gave it a turn and evaporated from our dimension, leaving the room.
A brouhaha of indignation quickly arose. Few among us possessed a Gúrkur on Uraš. This highly coveted object made many envious.
A celebration for Ninmah followed... wine flowed, undoubtedly from Udu'idimsa (Mars) where Sé-et had surely been sent. Enki missed her presence cruelly, and his thoughts turned to their loving times... erotic details in the book. They had done much together, but, in obediance to Nammu, they had never unified. Had Enki known their destiny, he surely would have done it, as then by the force, he would have been able to communicate the power of Niama, and then they would have been able to communicate secretly with the aid of the Kinsag (telepathy).
There I was, drinking with these individuals who were not like me. The members of the Assembly were considered to be sages, however, they had ransommed us in full legality and had humiliated us without reservation. The Mardukù had definitely been turned against us. At what point had I been manipulated by my Kuku (ancestors)?
I understood finally at this instant that if I were to preserve anything of my maternal family and my own, I must play their game with finesse. I guarded that none took note of my trembling hands as we clinked glasses. My hands that were not like theirs. Webbed like those of my mother and my two sisters.
Joy filled the room. The marvelous project of Ninmah and Enlil was on everyone's tongue. Ninmah came over and pledged her alliance. She had never been so resplendant.
My Šagra (chakras) were closed. I avoided having any distinct thoughts, as I would have taken the risk of revealing myself. But I knew that I would not remain there. At this instant, I hadn't the least idea of a plan that I would construct to save our honor, and even less of an idea how long it would take. I did know that my reprisals would be terrible!
Following the ratification of Ninmah's project and the departure of the High Council from the Abzu, a long discussion took place between Sa'am/Enki, Mam, and Dim'mege to review and absorb the meaning of the recent epochal events.
Certain new understandings and adjustments were needed. We summarize here:
Sa'am was to hold no hope for anything further from his Kuku (ancestors). He needed to become more combative!
Mamitu transmitted the contents of the Marduku to Dim'mege... who was beside herself with anger to hear of it.
Mam explained that they had never imagined that the Ušumgal and Anunna would wind up in Ti'ama'te (the solar system) where they would use it to consolidate their power.
And when they were alone together, Mamítu conveyed to Sa'am:
He needed now to give himself more regularly to the mystic path, in whose practice he would raise the sexual energy through meditation.
He was no longer to have a sexual rapport with her!
He will have a great need to master his emotions when he will be in the mountain with Ninmah and Enlil.
He was henceforth aligned with Sé'et. Nothing nor anyone must disturb this verity!
After a night of fitful sleep, Sa'am awoke, requisitioned a Mága-an (cargo vessel), placed on it an Albarzil (mechanical drill) and provisions. Accompanied by eight Ama'argi, he set off.
One of his main objectives was to liberate his faithful Nungal Zehuti (Thoth) from his yoke.
Sa'am set off to where, exactly?
We interrupt our narrative to present material that we have been collecting relating to the Kharsag colony and its geography. Much of what follows had been part of this website since well before the information that you have just been reading.