Cuneiform tablet sources, the most ancient written records kept by humans, identify The Primordial Abyss, which later came to be viewed as the “all-source” for the first manifestations of material existence — it was originally nameless…
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Fundamentally, the beauty and simplicity of the infinitude of space and pure potentiality of existence is enough for an “All-Existing Being” — but this is an almost “static” existence with no forces in movement – quite simply All-is-One (or none!) in the universe.
The non-existence was not animated, not yet manifest and so required the “motion” of existence. This was born of duality, but of the highest spiritual intent and not to be confused with physical morality – for it was by the vary opposition of the currents of “chaos” and “order” set in motion with a gentle pendulum-like drive toward constant activity with one another that caused existence.
A common interpretation of the ancient Sumerian semantics of this All-Being is best given as “ILU” in Chaldeo-Babylonian literature, a concept derived from the Sumerian “DIN.GIR” meaning essentially the “All-God”, drawn from the Source, but later pantheistic interpretations would translate this as a plural form: “gods”.
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The name ILU was held in reverence to the priests of Babylon who sought to “re-connect” with this source by “ascending” the “Ladder of Lights” or “BAB.ILU” – The Gateway to/of God (also known as the “Tower of Babel”). Later, when the name became blended with “gods” it was also connected to “stars” and the function of such became more clearly defined to some as a “Gateway to the Stars” or (as Daniel Jackson would prefer) a StarGate.
“[For] the idea of Ilu was too comprehensive and too vast to receive a very definite exterior form, and consequently [too obscure for] the adoration of the people. The personality of Ilu was not clearly defined for a long time; his office and title as ‘God One’ were at first given to Anu, ‘the ancient god,’ and the first person of the supreme trinity, which was afterward held to emanate from Ilu; the priests did not distinguish the primordial principle from the chief of this trinity.”
–M. Lenormant, Chaldean Magic & Sorcery (1874)
Biblical scholars now have conceded to the idea that the Semitic books of Genesis are indeed the product of a far more ancient Mesopotamian influence. God, the creator of existence, is found alone and everywhere at once, a “primordial sea” washing through an infinite abyss.
“First was the primeval sea. Nothing concerning the origin or creation of the primeval sea has as yet been discovered in the available Sumerian texts, and the indications are that the Sumerian sages looked upon the primeval sea as a kind of first cause and prime mover, never asking themselves what preceded it in time and space.”
–S.N. Kramer, Sumerian Mythology (1944)