Igigi, the Anunnaki of Heaven

According to report "The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus“ (ORACC) the Semitic word “Igigi” or “Igigu” appears in the Atrahasis Epic, hero of the Akkadian-Babylonian poems inherent in the Great Flood sent by the gods to destroy human life, and would indicate a collective of minor celestial divinities related to the sphere of Anu and belonging as the most famous Anunnaki (associated instead to the terrestrial sphere and Ea) to the Mesopotamian pantheon.

Also the term “Igigi” like “Anunnaki" is difficult and controversial to interpret and it is not entirely clear what exactly distinguishes one from the other, however, the above document, engraved on plates preserved at the British Museum in London and dating back to the 17th century BC, offers us some testimonies about their relationship.

With the information in our possession, the Igigi performed the function of intemediary between the human world and its uranic antipodes (Nibiru) and the nether world: they remained in constant Earth’s skies on orbitating platforms, on which the processed ores were delivered from Earth by shuttlecraft, thereafter to be transferred to proper spaceships, which could ferry the gold to the Home Planet.

Igigi, the Anunnaki of Heaven-Akkadian_cylinder_seal_impression_from_Girsu

The myth of Atraḫasis describes the condition created after the cosmogony: the supreme god Anu has ascended to heaven, Ea (Enki) has descended into the Apsû, the subterranean world of the abyss water on which the earth rests and Enlil has taken the Earth with all the living beings contained in it. On the other hand, to the Igigi has been imposed work on the earth to which the god Enlil reigns: they dig rivers, including the Tigris and the Euphrates, and canals:

“When the gods, man-like, bore the labor, carried the load, the gods’ load was great, the toil grievous, the trouble excessive. The great Anunnaku, the Seven, were making the Igigi undertake the toil.”

The heavy work of the Igigi, carried out by day and night, lasts for 2,500 years and this pushes them to re-evaluate their status as subordinates: urged on by one of them, throw into the fire the instruments of work, and marching together, they turn to the sanctuary of Enlil to rebel. Not wanting to submit to fatigue, they force the Anunnaki to find a definitive solution: in response to their demands the Anunnaki created humans, which from then on must take on the work of the gods: Anu understanding the reasons of the Igigi suggests to create the man (Lullû), then summons the goddess mother Ea (Mammu), so that she takes charge of the creation of men. She mixes clay with the flesh and blood of the god (the God Spirit), summons the Anunnaki and the Igigi who spit on the dough. The man is preparing himself “to exist” and to take on the heavy work on the Earth.


“Humans for the most part are unwary victims of the degree to which they have been controlled while at the same time purported to have freedom but in fact it is basically an illusion.”
― Gerald Clark


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Who are the Igigi?

The Semitic word “Igigi” or “Igigu” appears in the Atrahasis Epic, hero of the Akkadian-Babylonian poems: according to the tradition , the Igigi performed the function of intemediary between the human world and its uranic antipodes (Nibiru) and the nether world.


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