The legend of Adapa can be found in Ancient Mesopotamian Mythology as well as the Ancient Astronaut Theory stating that Adapa was the Son of Anunnaki God Enki, one of the Leaders of the Ancient Astronauts that established an Alien Civilization on Earth.
We will first consider the Adapa legend in Mesopotamian Mythology.
The Legend Of Adapa In Mesopotamian Mythology
In Mesopotamian mythology, Adapa is a distinguished King and wise Teacher from the first Sumerian City of Eridu. He was the son of Anunnaki God Enki or Ea and his legend records how the Mesopotamian Anunnaki Gods gave him the gift of intelligence but did not give him immortality.
According to the legend of Adapa and The South Wind, one day when Adapa was out fishing, the South Wind blew with so much force he was tossed from his boat and cast into the sea. In anger, he smashed the wings of the South Wind and it stopped to blow.
As a reAnu (Sumerian: An), the sky god, summoned him before the gates of his to account for the behaviour of his, but Ea cautioned him not to touch the bread as well as drinking water which would be presented him. When Adapa arrived before Anu, the 2 heavenly doorkeepers Ningishzida and Tammuz interceded for him and discussed to Anu which as Adapa had been endowed with omniscience he required simply immortality to be a god. Anu, in a difference of heart, then provided Adapa the bread as well as drinking water of life that is eternal, which he refused to take. Therefore mankind stayed mortal. The legend is actually preserved among the cuneiform tablets discovered throughout the 19th century of Ashurbanipal’s library at Nineveh.
, Priest of the Temple of Enki in Eridu is one of the most important.
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.
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, he 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 he 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 he 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 legend being regarded as a myth, its interesting to note that it goes back to the foundation of how the knowledge to build the very first City known to man at Eridu was acquired.
Secondly, the legend 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 Legend Of Adapa
The wisdom of the Ancient Sages or Apkallu has reportedly survived in the Ancient Pagan Tradition of the Fish God, Oannes.