The King Who Refused to Die, by Zecharia Sitchin
by Kenneth J. Pollinger, Ph.D.
For those of you who have read some of Sitchin's 14 books--I have read ALL in great depth--I guarantee that you will find much pleasure and enlightenment in this, Sitchin's first novel, published after his death, which, although a novel full of mysteries, contains much legitimate pre-historical teachings, somewhat like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
Each of the Anunnaki "gods" come wonderfully alive, along with the many Enlil-Enki and their respective clans's skmirishes. Research is one thing. Adding flesh and bones is quite another! Their interbreeding and its consequences with the "earthlings" enhances much understanding in the hands of a master storyteller (based on archeological research), who emphasizes the roles of altars, prayers, blessings, omens, oracles, visions and even curses.
To fully appreciate The King Who Refused to Die (The Epic of Gilgamesh) requires that one have read at least a few of Sitchin's works, otherwise names, situations, and brilliant details will not be fully enjoyed, methinks. The many varied relationship complexities are much easier to understand here, because, thankfully, Sitchin wasn't constrained by a "scientific" methodology.
Ishtar is presented in such a manner that you will never ever forget her. Quite a female "god!"
As for the content (without giving the ending away) here is a short offering. While "Gilgamesh fulfills his sacred duties with Ishtar, something goes awry and the Oracle of Anu will not renew its blessing upon his kingship. Following the direction of his mother, the Anunnaki goddess Ninsun--the source of his partial divinity--Gilgamesh flees the city for the Anunnaki forbidden zone in search of a way to the planet Nibiru and life eternal."
"Travel alongside Gilgamesh and his immortal companion Enkidu as they escape the fate pronounced by the oracle, discover a Tablet of Destiny meant for Ishtar, fight off Marduk's raiders, and foil the plot of the high priest Enkullab, Gligamesh's half-brother who is seeking Gilgamesh's crown for himself."
"Zecharia weaves a tale of ancient ceremony, accidental betrayal, gods among men, interplanetary travel, and a quest for immortality spanning millennia" (Quotes from the flap).
Of special interest is the magnificent and loyal friendship of Gligamesh and Enkidu, who endure an horrific journey seeking the Plant of Life.
When Enlil and Enki read Sitchin's masterpiece, I'm sure they will share a good laugh and even smile at the annual Celebration tale of the Epic of Creation ("When In the Heights") in Erech.
Near the end Ishtar curses Gilgamesh: "To forever seek life and never find it. I have fated him." Yet Ninsubar responds: "How can he seek forever and not forever live?" Ishtar adds: "That, indeed, is a puzzle for fate to solve." I ask the reader: Has the puzzle been solved over these many, many long years?
As a final gift to Sitchinites, please explore this link, as it elucidates Tellinger's book, African Temples of the Anunnaki.
(see my review of Tellinger's book on Amazon.com):
Michael Tellinger's Presentation on Ancient Sound Technologies
A final thought. Since the Anunnaki frequently refer to the great Lord King Anu as "Heavenly Father," try repeating the "Our Father" prayer and see if it might take on a different meaning, after reading The King Who Refused to Die.
Care to join me ([...] in building a small stone chapel at the Point of Infinity in the Catskills to the Anunnaki Gods?
And remember this: October 9th has been proclaimed as an annual Sitchin Studies Day by the Sitchin family (see their NEW website).
Long Live Sitchin!