Zecharia Sitchin

Waiting for Speilberg

The New York Times recently featured Zecharia Sitchin.  A fluff piece describing Sitchin as “cute,” its purpose was not to lend the Times’ critical eye to an analysis of Sitchin’s work. According to the Times, “He is an apparently sane, sharp, University of London-educated 89-year-old who has spent his life arguing that people evolved with a little genetic intervention from ancient astronauts who came to Earth and needed laborers to mine gold to bring back to Nibiru, a planet we have yet to recognize.”  As what seems to be standard with author interviews, the discussion eventually turned to Hollywood.  Sitchin has not sold the rights to his books, because as he states, “Oh no, not yet, I’m waiting for Spielberg.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/nyregion/10alone.html

After reading Sitchin, is seems odd that Spielberg has not purchased the film rights.  Truly, the central theme of Sitchin’s books and its origin are the stuff Spielberg movies are made of.  The spark of Sitchin’s ideas came from the Hebrew Bible he read as a child and later, he sought to inform himself of history, archaeology and ancient languages as an adult in order to research them.  “The Twelfth Planet” was the first book in his Earth Chronicles and the original theme of colonizing aliens is expanded in each succeeding book.

http://www.amazon.com/Twelfth-Planet-Book-Earth-Chronicles/dp/0061379131/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_img_in_f
“The Twelfth Planet”, Prologue, pg vii http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin

As of 2010, Sitchin had written 13 books. Pop culture is inundated with references to Sitchin; the 1994 film Stargate was based conceptually on his ideas.  He continues to maintain that all or most early cultures around the globe had been influenced by extraterrestrials, including the Egyptians and the early cultures of South America.  The Annunaki and Nibiru are frequently referenced in Project Camelot interviews.  The books of Michael Tellinger are based on Sitchin’s ideas and the religions Raelism and Nuwaubian draw from Sitchin as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin
http://projectcamelot.org/lang/en/bob_dean_nibiru_interview_transcript_en.html
http://01universe.blogspot.com/2005/12/slave-species-of-god-by-michael.html

Of note are three reoccurring themes used by Sitchin.  Sitchin proposed that an unknown planet in the solar system with an orbital period of 3,600 years caused catastrophic events when its orbit brought it near the sun and our earth. The second theme is that the earth was a much larger planet called “Tiamat”.  Tiamat collided with a large celestial object and was broken into pieces that would become the earth and the Moon.  Stories of the flood from Sumer and the Bible comprise the third.

Recent scientific discoveries and thought appear to lend credibility to Sitchin.  The “giant impact hypothesis” is one of a handful of theories considered viable for explaining the formation of the Moon.  Additionally, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered in 2005.  Eris is the largest known dwarf planet in our solar system with an orbital period of 557 years; Sitchin’s hypothetical “Nibiru” was much larger than Eris and had an orbital period of roughly 3,600.  Evidence of catastrophic floods from prehistoric times can be found around the globe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_%28dwarf_planet%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_impact_hypothesis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deluge_%28prehistoric%29

However, the true problem with Sitchin is that some of his ideas are assumptions with no real basis in the ancient myths and history of mankind. Credible, detailed criticism of his work can be found readily on the internet to anyone willing to invest a little time. Michael Heiser noted in a careful search of Sumerian and Akkadian texts, Sitchin claims regarding Nibiru, the Annunaki and the twelfth planet could not be found.  He even provides a link to a free online Sumerian resource, allowing people to research Sitchin’s claims personally.

http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/nibiru/nibiru.htm
http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/VA243/VA243.htm
http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/anunnaki/anunnaki.htm
http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/

Ian Lawton spoke to an expert on Sumer who stated, “[Sitchin] demonstrates a consistent lack of appreciation of even some of the most basic fundamentals of Sumerian and Akkadian grammar, even to the extent of regularly failing to distinguish between the two entirely different languages, and mixing words from each in interpreting the syllables of longer compound words.” This mixing of languages allows Sitchin to make amazing “discoveries.” http://jcolavito.tripod.com/lostcivilizations/id14.html

Rob Hafernik takes issue with the way Sitchin omits passages from scripture and the Sumerian texts to in order to prove his point.
http://www.skepdic.com/essays/sitchin.htm

Chris Siren looked in Sitchin’s interpretation of Sumerian astronomy and found it lacking. http://www.ramtops.co.uk/siren.html

But where we began with Spielberg, unfortunately we must end with film noir.  Alan Alford, originally a supporter of Sitchin, came to the conclusion that Sitchin was wrong when he conducted his own investigation into the mythologies of the ancient world. At the time, Alford was speaking publicly about why he disagreed with Sitchin.  According to Alford, Sitchin wrote a letter to Alford asking him to stop “bad-mouthing” him and included a veiled threat hinting that Sitchin would sue for defamation if Alford continued to refute Sitchin publicly.  Alford took the threat seriously.
http://www.eridu.co.uk/Author/human_origins/AAS_Intro2/Sitchin_Message/sitchin_message.html
http://www.eridu.co.uk/Author/human_origins/ancient_astronauts.html

–by: C. Irvin

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