Zecharia Sitchin is the creator of the Ancient Astronaut Theory, which is where we get a lot of our theory regarding past alien visitations. David Icke uses this as a springboard for going into reptilian shape shifting theories, and the show Ancient Aliens most definitely uses it for many of their theories. It’s not so far-fetched if you approach it with an open mind. It is an explanation for the worship of deities, from which all religion stems.
To be completely up front about all of this conjecture, there are vast numbers of “experts” who claim that Sitchin made all of this up and the myths he speaks of don’t even appear in the cuneiform scripts. I don’t read ancient Babylonian cuneiform, so I’ll just have to provide the information that Sitchin claims to be truth and you can decide for yourself. The University of Oxford has a translated, searchable database here: http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/, but if you’re a paranoid conspiracy theorist, you could see how this might all be a ruse also. I’m sure if you’re like me you’re more interested in learning about the theory, regardless of whether or not it’s been proven true. If you look at the history of all science, there are many fallacies that are ridiculed for lengths of time while the “experts” refine the paradigm they’ve been taught in school only to find that one day a revolution turns that paradigm on its head.
Here are some of the key tenets to the Ancient Astronaut Theory that Sitchin has proposed:
Sumerians knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system long before the Copernican Revolution of the 1500s (or even the first postulate of a heliocentric system proposed by Aristarchus around 300BC) which we can see in the Sumerian cuneiform texts which date all the way back to 3500BC. They also knew of Pluto’s existence well before our discovery in 1930.
They said that our solar system is comprised of twelve planets (they considered the Sun and the Moon both planets) which gave us a tenth planet- Planet X, or Nibiru. This twelve planet has the largest orbit and when it comes closest to us, the inhabitants of that planet come to Earth.
The people of Planet X look like us. More appropriately, we look like them because they’ve manipulated DNA to create us in our modern form. The aliens were actually considered giants because there were much taller than us, and you find texts speaking of giants in many ancient forms (mostly the Bible, as the Nephilim, or Watchers). The Sumerians were considered one of the first real civilizations in history, they mark a large evolutionary leap. This leap is attributed to the Planet X inhabitants, an alien race called The Annunaki.
The Annunaki came over 400,000 years ago to the Tigris and Euphrates Valley to mine gold and set up a colony called E-den in which they could create a cro-magnon man that was advanced enough to become slaves for the Annunaki alien race. There is some supporting data for this claim, because the journal Nature posted an article that discusses the divergence between the DNA of homo sapiens and neanderthals which occurred approximately 500,000 years ago
On a second trip to Earth, the Annunaki saw their progress and were turned on by the resultant females of their manipulated colony and decided to interbreed with them. The children were giant, like the Annunaki, and they were called the Titans. These Titans were too destructive and the Annunaki knew they’d have to destroy them so they caused a great flood. This same story is told in Genesis but the names are changed to Nephilim instead of Annunaki. Greek philosopher, Thesiod, wrote about the Titans in what was the mythological telling of the origin of the world and other Greek gods. The Great Flood tale is told in various religions and legends, including the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. A “great flood” also caused great destruction in the Old Testament of the Bible. The Bible’s Book of Genesis had dates of the story that sit somewhere between 8000 BC to 4000 BC depending on who you talk to.
Many of the megaliths and unexplainable structures found all over the world could be attributed to a past alien visitation. Sites such as Machu Picchu, Great Pyramids of Giza, Easter Island, and Stonehenge currently have no other explanation that makes sense. Current scholars approach these through Occam’s Razor which says that you should pick the hypothesis with the least amount of assumption, but it’s easy to see why this shouldn’t qualify as a reason to stop investigating (yet mainstream science will entertain the plausibility of Drake’s Equation; an equation that estimates the potential for extraterrestrial life based on several unknown factors). Unless there is a darker, more conspiratorial reason for not wanting the mass populations to know the truth…
This talk of Annunaki and Planet Nibiru is refuted by the Sumerian “experts” but let’s also look elsewhere for supporting evidence. Take the Bible’s Genesis Chapter 6 passage for example:
6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah would later be given the knowledge from God to build the Ark and take the Earth’s creatures with him to be spared from the Great Flood. This sounds like the same story as what Sitchin claims to have found on the Sumerian tablets.
There’s much more elaboration to the Ancient Astronaut Theory, including ancient Indian texts, Nephilim, and the Book of Enoch’s “Watchers” which all have hints of extraterrestrial visitation in ancient times.
Sitchin’s Ancient Astronaut Theory on History Channel:
There is tons of information and various off-shoots to this AA theory, I’d suggest watching the Ancient Aliens series to learn more about what’s out there and then start researching from there. There are many fascinating and unexplained bits of history including elongated skulls, pyramids, crystal skulls, megalithic sites, and other tales from ancient cultures that prove there was a higher intelligence and possibly extraterrestrial visitation. As one last statement, please research everything I’ve said here before making any judgments. I’m by no means an expert in this, I’m only an independent researcher trying to make sense out of this convoluted set of stories and social norms that we’re manipulated into believing. If you don’t believe we’re all being manipulated in one form or another you’ve got your head buried in the sand.