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Adapa: The First Sumerian KIng & Teacher Of Mankind
Ancient Sumerian Records explain how it is that human beings acquired the knowledge necessary to form Religion, Culture and Civilization which required the first Letters, Sciences, Arts, Laws and Cities.
The legend of Adapa, Priest of the Temple of Enki in Eridu is one of the most important.
In The Lost Book Of Enki, Sitchin suggests that Adapa was the Son of Anunnaki God Enki and an Earthling Female.
Enki reportedly kept Adapa’s birth a secret, and raised Adapa who was highly intelligent, to become the first Civilized Man.
The other Anunnaki Gods on Earth were amazed by this accomplishment, and Enki was ordered to send Adapa to the Anunnaki Home Planet Nibiru to meet the Anunnaki King Anu on the first space journey ever undertaken by an Earthling.
Before he departs for Nibiru however, Enki tells Adapa not to accept the Gift of Food that will be offered to him by the Gods on Nibiru.
When Adapa arrives on Nibiru, he shares a meal with Anu who offers him food and drink which he refuses, but when he is offered garments and oil, he accepts the clothes and anoints himself as instructed by Enki.
Anu asks Adapa why he did not acceot the food, and Adapa replies that Enki told him to refuse.
Anu laughs at Enki’s instructions and sends Adapa back to Earth to build and farm.
The Ancient understanding of this incident is that Adapa in refusing the Food of the Gods, as an Earthling he cannot have the Eternal Life of the Gods, and can only serve the Gods as an Anointed Servant through the Priesthood or institution of Kingship.
Thus the story of Adapa appears to emphasize the difference between Men and Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia.
The same question would also be dealt with in the later Epic Of Gilgamesh which also re-affirms the futility of Man’s quest for the Eternal Life of the Gods.
On Adapa’s return to Earth, Mankind is said to have proliferated as Civilization flourished using the knowledge Adapa had acquired from Enki, with Adapa’s lineage of Sumerian Savants acting as the Priesthood and Royalty beginning with the first Sumerian City Of Eridu.
Adapa has also been linked to the Apkallu who were 7 demi-gods, described as part man and part fish regarded as Ancient Sages and Teachers who taught mankind the Arts of Civilization when they emerged from the Sea in the form of Dagon.
Ultimately, despite the Adapa legend being regarded as a myth, its interesting to note that the legend goes back to the foundation of how the knowledge to build the very first City known to man at Eridu was acquired.
Secondly, it also explains how Ancient Royal Bloodlines began.
In addition, it also provides a background for understanding later legends and epics such as the Epic of Gilgamesh which seem to be a continuation of mankind’s struggle to achieve the Equal Status with the Gods that had been unfailry denied by the deception of the Creator Enki when he deliberately misled Adapa and prevented him from acquiring the Immortality of the Gods that would have come from eating the food of the Gods when it was offered by Anu on Nibiru.
The wisdom of the Ancient Sages or Apkallu has reportedly survived in the Ancient Pagan Tradition of the Fish God, Oannes.