- Many authors and researcher have endorsed
the concept of Paleocontact-extraterrestrial visitations during humanity's
ancient past - few have proposed a comprehensive theory like that assembled
by New York scholar Zecharia Sitchin, author of the The Earth Chronicles.
Translated into 14 languages, the seven-volume series covers a variety
of subjects woven around an advanced race of human extraterrestrials know
as the Anunnaki ("those who from heaven to Earth came," in Sumerian
- According to Sitchin's interpretation
of Sumerian clay tablets, the Anunnaki originated in a still-undiscovered
planet in our outer solar system. Sitchin's theories are based on research
culled from sources that include Sumerian, Babylonian, and Near Eastern
mythology and archaeology, The Bible, and new discoveries in astronomy,
geology, linguistics, bioengineering, and space technology.
- In 1976, Sitchin published his first
book, The 12th Planet, which presented his hypothesis: The Anunnaki, he
said, are highly developed humans from a distant planet which has a retrograde
elliptical orbit of 3,600 years around the sun. Sitchin says this planet,
where the so-called g--s of antiquity originated, was known as Nibiru by
the Sumerians, Marduk by the Babylonians, and Olam by the Hebrews. Today
it's known as Planet X, and its orbit would make it the tenth, not the
twelfth planet (Sitchin's system of 12 planets includes the sun and moon).
Sitchin continued to develop his theories in later volumes, including
The Stairway to Heaven. The Lost Realms, Genesis Revisited, and the recently
published Divine Encounters (all available from Avon paperbacks). In 1993,
the Swiss company Paradox Media Ltd. produced a video documentary, Are
We Alone?, about Sitchin's work.
- FATE columnist J. Antonio Huneeus met
with Sitchin to discuss his theories.
- The Sumerian Equation
- Huneeus: In your recent book, Genesis
Revisited, you attempt to bridge the gap between ancient sumerian records
and modern scientific discoveries. Can you describe your theories?
- Sitchin: Let me begin by telling you
how I came to write the book. Since 1976, I followed the discoveries in
a variety of scientific fields, including astronomy and biology, Recent
advances in DNA research have established that there was an Eve who lived
about 250 to 270 thousand years ago, a first mother from who all modern
humans stem, no matter what their racial heritage. [In 1987, scientists
from the Universities of California and Michigan announced that all human
beings descended from a single mitochondrial Eve: who lived in Africa.]
Then came news a few years later that there also was an actual Adam. Finally,
genetic advances made test-tube babies possible by mixing the male sperm
with the female egg and reimplanting it.
- When I heard these news stories, I told
my family and friends that they corroborate not just the biblical tale
of Adam and Eve which came from Sumerian tales, but they also corroborate
Sumerian knowledge of the methods used to create Eve.
- Each time i heard of another scientific
discovery corroborating Sumerian tests, I would tell people, "But
the Sumerians said it already."
- Today, scientist accept theories concerning
plate tectonics. There are articles and studies showing that, at one time,
all of Earth continents were on one side of the planet. What the stories
don't explore is the question, if all the continents were on one side,
what was on the other? The other side has been described as a tremendous
gap, matching the Sumerian story of how the Earth came about. The Sumerians
said Earth was really half a planet called Tiamat, which broke up in a
collision with Nibiru Marduk [or Planet X].
- When Voyager 2 traveled beyond Jupiter
and Saturn and neared Uranus, NASA broadcast live transmission from the
spacecraft. Sitting at home you could see, electronic piece by electronic
piece, how the image of Uranus developed. Finally you could see a beautiful,
blue-green planet. I literally jumped from my seat and shouted, "But
that is exactly how the Sumerians described it, as a blue-green watery
- So I wrote an article for OMNI predicting
what would be found on Neptune some seven or eight months later. Based
on Sumerian knowledge that describes Neptune and Uranus as twin blue-green
planets. I predicted that Neptune would be a twin of Uranus in many respects.
OMNI didn't publish it until after my prediction prove true. When they
saw the Voyager 2 images of Neptune, they told readers that my article
had been submitted before the Neptune images and admitted that they sat
- I told my editor at Avon that I was bursting
to let people know that every day we see a new corroboration of ancient
knowledge. He suggest that I write a book.
- That inspired me to write Genesis Revisited,
with its subtitle, Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient knowledge?
- The answer, of course, is yes. Each
chapter deals with subjects such as the planets, how Sumerians described
the creation of the Earth and moon, and the existence of Eve and her story.
- The interesting thing is not just that
all new discoveries in any field corroborate Sumerian knowledge, but that
nothing that has been discovered contradicts Sumerian accounts.
- Planet X
- Huneeus: I am sure you are familiar
with recent scientific articles in mainstream publications stating that
there is no Planet X [an "invisible" planet rumored to exist
in Earth's orbit, but on the opposite side of the sun].
- Sitchin: The notion that there is no
Planet X stems from the work of Dr. Myles Standish at JPL [NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory]. In 1993 he said, "There remains no need to hypothesize
the existence of a tenth planet in the solar system." Traditionally,
scientists have said that if there was a Planet X, we would have found
it by now. I think somebody also said that if there are extraterrestrials,
we would have met them by now. So if we don't meet ET's, they don't exist,
and if we don't find Planet X, it doesn't exist.
- There's the story about the thief who
was brought to court and two witnesses gave evidence that they saw him
steal. The judge turned to him and said, "What do you have to say
for yourself? We just heard two witnesses that say that they saw you steal."
The thief said, "Your honor, two people may have seen me steal, but
I can bring you a hundred that did not see me steal." That's the
same kind of evidence used to refute the existence of Planet X.
- I wrote a letter to Standish asking him
to corroborate his his statement, and he wrote back, saying, "What
I said or what I wrote does not mean there is no Planet X; it merely means
that I think it would be futile to look for it."
- The interest in Planet X began when it
was sighted by IRAS [Infrared Astronomical Salellite] in 1983. There was
a clamp-down on the press after the sighting and hurried discussions between
Reagan and Gorbachev, and between Bush and Gorbachev, all leading to the
agreements to cooperate in space. Suddenly, Gorbachev dropped his objection
to Star Wars.
- As you know, there is no more Star Wars
program, yet the budget for Star Wars has been increased [under the name
Ballistic Missile Defense program]. It's about $4.5 billion a year, officially
-- unofficially, who knows! So I ask you, against who is the defense intended?
- Huneeus: The latest public relations
statement claims that it's intended for use against asteroids.
- S: I don't buy it. For the video Are
We Alone? I interviewed the late Dr. [Robert S.] Harrington, supervising
astronomer at the United States Naval Observatory, which is part of the
U.S. Department of Defense -- this isn't a university project we're talking
about. I talked to him for almost two hours on camera, and neither I nor
the producer could believe our ears.
- He used our meeting as an example to
explain his beliefs about Planet X: "If you ask me if there is a
person named Zecharia Sitchin, for instance, I cannot tell you for sure
that he exists. But if there is such a person, I would say he probably
has gray hair and he wears glasses and he lives in New York City."
- In effect, Harrington said, "I don't
know if there is such a person," yet he still goes on to describe
me in perfect detail. On the subject of Planet X, he had similar comments:
"It's probably three to four times the size of Earth and it could
have an atmosphere. It's a nice planet that has life on it. He went on
and on, describing a planet that officially doesn't exist. He said, "It's
as you said in The 12th Planet. The planet comes at a 30-degree angle to
the ecliptic. In Biblical times it would come in Sagittarius the way you
say, and now it would be from Libra, where we are looking.