Anu, the supreme source of all authority and the ancestor of the #Anunnaki
Anu was one of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon, he was regarded as the father and first king of the gods, and is known as the ancestor of the ancient Anunnaki.
In Sumerian mythology, An (in Sumerian An = “sky”) or Anu (in Akkadian) was the god of the sky, lord of the constellations, king of the gods, who lived with his wife, the goddess Ki (in Sumerian, “Earth” or Antu in Akkadian), in the highest regions of the sky.
It was believed that he had the power to judge those who had committed crimes and that he had created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked.
His attribute was the royal tiara.
His servant and minister was the god Ilabrat.
More importantly, he was the father of Enlil, the ancient Mesopotamian god of wind, air, earth, and storms. He and the ancestor of the Anunnaki, the supreme source of all authority.
The Anunnaki were considered celestial beings who came to Earth, thousands of years ago. An, the Anunnaki Ancestor, those who descended from heaven
So who were the ancient Anunnaki?
The term ANUNNAKI, if it is fragmented, translates; ANU: “Heaven” -NNA: “Descend” – KI: “Earth“: “Those who descended from heaven to earth…”
Today, many authors are convinced that they were neither gods nor angels, but beings from another planet who came to Earth with advanced technological development and knowledge of physics, capable of manipulating the minds of an “inferior” race and turning it into in a slave species.
Before a technological civilization like the Anunnaki, man knelt considering them heavenly gods with powers to rule heaven and earth.
In other words, these “gods” were misunderstood as supreme deities since they possessed technology that early man did not understand.
An was one of the most powerful and important deities in the Sumerian pantheon, and the Anunnaki gods were believed to have been descended from An and his consort Ki from him. According to Black and Green in their book Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary, the ancient Anunnaki were just that, the “descendants of An.”
The “seven decreeing gods” can be included in the Anunnaki group: An, Enlil, Enki, Ninhursag, Nanna, Utu, and Inanna.
When mentioning the Anunnaki, the ancient Sumerian tablets do not refer to these Gods as simple ethereal creatures, but describe them as biological beings of flesh and blood, like humans.
When we speak of gods, we imagine images of nebulous celestial spirits emerging from the fringes of an indeterminate plane of reality.
However, that is not the description that the Sumerians gave to the Anunnaki.
These gods were real in every way to the ancient Sumerians. The gods coexisted with man, these heavenly beings shared their lives and coexisted with man in the ancient cities of the Earth. They were physical and palpable beings, who ate, slept dead.
These gods were visible to everyone’s eyes; they are described as traveling into the sky in powerful aerial vehicles, emitting a noise that sounded like thunder that shook the mountains, while breathing fire.
Anu was one of the oldest deities according to ancient Sumerian mythology. One of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon
Anu was considered one of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon, and was part of a triad of great gods, along with Enlil, god of air and atmosphere, and Enki (also known, in Akkadian, as Ea), god of the ground or the foundation.
He was considered to be the father and first king of the gods.
Anu is associated with the E-anna temple in the city of Uruk (the Biblical Erech), in southern Babylon, and there is good reason to believe that this place was the original site of Anu’s worship.
The temple of Anu in Uruk was called E-an-na (‘the house of the sky’). “In heaven is Anu on his throne, dressed in all the attributes of sovereignty: the scepter, the diadem, the headdress, the staff…
The stars were his army.
Symbolically, the king received his power directly from Anu.
That is why they summoned only the sovereigns and not the rest of the mortals.
Anu was the:
“father of the gods” (abû ilâni),
“sky father” (ab shamê),
“king of heaven” (il shamê).
The Western Semitic equivalent of Anu would be the god Ël.
And he also seems to have an equivalence with the God Dagon of the Philistines and Phoenicians.
Astronomically, Anu was associated with the Path of An (or Path of An), a region of the sky that coincides with the equator.
Later, this region would be defined as the space between the two tropics.
He was associated with the number 60, a sacred number for the Sumerians.