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Sumerian Rituals, Babylonian Magic and the Rise of Modern Mesopotamian Neopaganism

“Here [in Babylon] is real death. Not a column or arch still stands to demonstrate the permanency of human work. Everything has crumbled to dust. The very temple tower, the most imposing of all these ancient constructions, has entirely lost its shape. Where are now its seven stages? We see nothing but a mound of earth – all that remains of the millions of its bricks. Here the ancient mysteries and their tombs have been sleeping quietly for millenniums. In a few months, perhaps in a few days, the ground will be broken by trenches as in a battlefield. And the repose of the poor dead will be disturbed by the frantic search for records and data…”
~ Edward Chiera, “They Wrote On Clay”
From a letter to his wife

Before Babylon—when history had not yet been written—the land now known to modern man as the “Middle East” was first occupied by “gods” of antiquity—the Anunnaki. These super-human figures molded and shaped human consciousness and the systematized civilization we so easily take for granted in the “Western World” today. The wheel of time forced the age of “gods” to become an era of “men” and their ways, but the ancient foundations built in Mesopotamia remain strong among us today.

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Classical period Greeks may be credited with the term: Mesopotamia—meaning “A land between two rivers.” More literal than poetic, the title accurately describes the region known to the ancients as Babylonia—the “Land of the Gates of the Gods” and the “City of Star-Gates” established primarily between two rivers—the Tigris and the Euphrates. Today, the term Babylonia is used to distinguish post-Sumerian empires maintained by Babylonian kings, a lineage made famous by Hammurabi, the powerful “Mardukite” systematizer of Babylon.

Commonly compared to the fertile Nile region of Egypt, Mesopotamia is also a river-delta system—and, like the Nile to the Egyptians, this system of life-giving waters proved to be inseparable from prosperity of the people. The plain was cultivated successfully by use of the first “aqueduct-irrigation” systems. Accurate construction and upkeep of these canals were vital to keep Babylonia habitable in all seasons.

Mystics of every age go forth explaining an almost quantum vision of reality and existence: entangled, interconnected—All-as-One. While this might seem a truly obscure approach to crossing the current threshold of what is typically deemed an “academic” topic; it is not. Consider for a moment that our mythic past is very much rooted in truth—albeit misunderstood but a truth that has been conveniently, or forcefully, forgotten among mass awareness.

Politics and the general human condition evolving outside of the Ancient Mystery School have, throughout history, taken its toll on accounts of said truth, as becomes quite evident concerning the history of the geographic region known as Mesopotamia. Humans, accepting a mortal paradigm, are unaware of one critical aspect of the cosmos—one that they can not see based on limited perceptions and reality experiences schematized by semantic labeling—that Universal Truth is actually unchanging. Some have even put forth to call it “Cosmic Law.”

In spite of the best (or worst) human efforts across time, the Truth has survived to remind us of our origins, to instruct us on where we have to go and perhaps, most importantly, the standards we should live by to get there. Mere survival of Secret Doctrines by select cabals is not enough. For as the world was once plummeted into Dark Ages only to be reincarnated in an Age of Enlightenment, the “esoteric” truth did not resurface in public “exoteric” consciousness—in fact, it went the other direction: underground and into vaults of obscure “occult” factions.

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A New Mesopotamia Born from Iraq: Babylon Rises Again! | Middle East News

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Thousands of years of political discord, dragon-fights between dynastic and royal bloodlines, new waves of Judeo-Christianity and Islam overshadow the previously observed traditions of the Anunnaki… A cradle of civilization, birthplace of systems and arts of humanity… Religion. Language. Politics. Mesopotamia – Land Between the Rivers – as it was once known from its Greek name; Iraq today, but what of tomorrow?

magansmall After years of the Piscean Age ruled by non-Babylonian Arabs and the near extinction of the Yezidi tribes, who will lay claims to the boundaries of Mesopotamia in a post-modern — post-Iraq — future ever changed by wars for oil, scarred by military from several nations, the rule of Saddam Hussein, and now the Islamic State? Where will the new political boundaries lie when the Middle East disbands and there becomes a New Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates? And who will be seated in New Babylon when the coming age arrives?

“The exact political boundaries of Babylonia are not generally agreed upon – no more today among scholars and nationalists then by those who physically fought for them in periods of antiquity. For as long as humans have been involved, the are has been plagued in constant conflict…”
— Joshua Free, Liber-51/52

…Mesopotamian territory often included areas outside the pathway of the two rivers, which even themselves changed positions over time with the alteration and then absence of human intervention via the aqueduct canal systems (and other natural occurrences).

MesopotamianReligionFrontcrop By today’s standards the “Middle East” or “Ancient Near East” includes the geographical locations occupied as Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Lebanon, Israel, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.

Mesopotamian kingdoms also included (at some time or another) occupations in modern-day Turkey, Armenia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan. The term “Middle East” is a modern Euro-centric semantic replacing the academic usage of the ‘Near East’ (as opposed to the ‘Far East’ or “oriental”).

With few exceptions, the Middle East and its ancient Anunnaki legacy is the origin of most major world religions in history including Zoroastrianism (Mazdaism), Mithraism, Canaanite, Yezidism (Yazdanism), the Baha’i Faith, Manichaeism (Mandaeism), Islam (Muslim), Judaism and Christianity!

mesopotamia_map The overt evolution of the Sumerians into a Babylonian Empire is not altogether surprising – on the surface. However, the seeker should keep in perspective just how quickly all of this developed from seemingly nothing. It is true that societal living was originally organized around state religion, but prior to this it was culminated not by the social relationships shared between people, but by their living relationship with the earth.

Where first we have loosely organized nomadic hunter-gatherers that are forced to wander about or dwell in caves, essentially rolling the dice of chance for their survival, very little time passes before the sweeping transition in Mesopotamia toward planned agricultural farming and pasturing shepherds.

cuneisdgsdg Credited with many ‘firsts’ in the development of human history, it is the incorporation and evolution of cuneiform ‘writing’ that the Sumerians can be esteemed for – something which was undoubtedly entirely necessary for the civic growth of the human world.

In fact, it is only with writing that we have any concept at all of the history of humanity; everything prior to this inception, is rightfully considered ‘prehistoric’, at least by ‘modern’ standards.

According to ancient cuneiform tablets, the decision to cultivate civilization in the Middle East was not of men, but of a genetically distinct race known as the Anunnaki – those that appeared to ‘come down from the sky’ and were later called the gods of the original ‘pantheon’ of deities on earth…

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Mesopotamian Magic, Maqlu Cuneiform Tablets, Babylonian Dark Rites of Anti-Witchcraft

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“Climb the ladder of lights and appeal to the gods for their protection and for the destruction of the enemy and all evil-doers, wicked witches and warlocks of the world…”
–Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible

How often we have heard of the “Dark Arts” born of a ‘polarized’ and often ‘dualistic’ view of the universe – and the forces that occupy it. For every ‘white witch’ there is a ‘black spell’ and to every system of Order, there is a Chaos factor; for no fragmented experience of reality can ever actually find “balance”, but the pendulum swing – the tidal ebb and flow of universal currents will always seek it.

maqluthumb This mardukite.com blog post is extracted officially from Mardukite Liber M, available as either MAQLU MAGIC or NECRONOMICON SPELLBOOK II, in addition to the Year-3 anthologies either MESOPOTAMIAN MAGIC or NECRONOMICON WORKBOOK and the mega-anthology NECRONOMICON GNOSIS.

…So, too is movement possible in the physical world – or at least one’s perception of the ‘3-D’ reality experienced. As such, with the once united ‘crystal’ being cracked into the varied refractions of human experience, language and culture, a ‘dualistic’ world emerged in consciousness; right before the very eyes of ancient Mesopotamians – at the heart and cradle of human civilization.

WHAT IS THE MAQLU CUNEIFORM TABLET SERIES?

Before approaching the more ‘colorful’ elements of the tradition – those that could most appropriately be given classifications as ‘Dark Arts’, ‘Sumerian Sorcery’, ‘Babylonian Witchcraft’, ‘magickal warfare’ or ‘wizards duels’ – it is important that the context for which such exists, a background screen onto which to express the story of the MAQLU in its projected spectrum of rainbow lights and kaleidoscope glory.

MesopotamianThumb The name MAQLU can be interpreted differently as with most things – such variegated perceptions are not even restricted to foreign languages for even a shared one is not free of semantic issues in its own vocabulary. Most typically, MAQLU is translated to mean “the Burnings” by ‘Sumeriologists’ and such. This is a good ‘base’ for our context, as we do indeed find the origins of a community bonded for ‘burning evil in effigy’.

The Simonian work, in regards to a Babylonian Necronomicon practice, interprets the tablets as ‘Rites of Burnt Offering’ or else a ‘Book of Burnings’ for literary purposes. As with most of the work ‘restored’ by the Mardukite Chamberlains, a surface interpretation is never accepted and a ‘deeper mystery’ can often be uncovered in the very ‘literal’ meanings behind these very old words that do not appear to have had the same ‘metaphorical’ meaning that modern language users often take for granted – for the Mardukites have interpreted the MAQLU more appropriately – and not without its other diverse cultural parallels – as Burning Man [maq-lu].

cuneisdgsdg Though it seems that the MAQLU operation was once a much more simple, internalized, meditative and solitary application used by early priests and magicians in Mesopotamia, it later developed more dramatically as a public Fire Festival in Sumer and Babylonia, involving the entire population of the community who gathered together in a ‘combined’ and ‘harmonic’ effort of intention to ‘drive out’ or ‘dispel’ the “evil” and “evil-doers” of the land.

As “ridiculous” as this might sound to the naïve skeptic or right-wing fundamentalist, it can and should be noted that more recent public scientific studies all over the globe have now shown the effective abilities of consciousness moving energies when large groups, or better, the majority of the population is focused on a single emotional event.

These types of ‘quantum’ effects appear to have very real ramifications for the population of the planet and the greater cosmos as a whole in this entangled universe whether or not people are aware of this phenomenon taking place in their environment and even internal ‘spirito-mental’ being (which are self-honestly All-as-One).

necrognosisTHUM In the instance of the MAQLU, the Burning Man is the representation of the ‘evildoers’ of the world – those who ‘plagued’ humanity with their wickedness and thereby upsetting the ‘world order’ of the gods, in addition to the gods themselves. Upsetting such a balance was usually felt in the community as ‘illness’ and ‘pestilence’, ‘disease’ and ‘famine’. Such could prove devastating to still developing human civilizations, and as such they were considered ‘evil’, the most wicked of ‘demons’ and anything that might lead to them – mostly uncleanliness and misappropriated living – were considered taboo (the original non-moral tribal sins) and for good reason.

Eating from an unclean plate was taboo (a sin) because it could lead to the spread of disease. Ancient humans were far from primitive in their understanding of the natural world and their relationship with
it. Before the wrongful use of authority in classical times, the taboos and sins were not given from dogma, but from medicinal necessity.

Representative images are often used in ‘idol magic’ or ‘sympathetic magic’, but not as a result of worship – as some mythographers have repeatedly put forth – but to actually embody the ‘energetic current’ that is universally entangled to ‘focal object’ and its form.

WICKER MAN OF THE DRUIDS

cunei The representation of a ‘demon’, like the ‘plague-god’ Namtaru, was not to worship the deity with homage or to glorify the ‘daemonology’ of the Babylonian priests. Such statuary was typically constructed only to be ‘ceremonially’ annihilated or buried as a ‘ward’ against what the statue (deity) was representative of. In making such an object, the magicians show their understanding of the ‘entanglement’ of the universe in its mystical oneness and the interconnection of all things.

Certainly not primitive.

It is almost impossible to bring up the topic of the Burning Man without conjuring to mind a much more geographical and time-recent example made popular in the images of motion pictures and familiar Roman-inspired writings of the Celtic Druids – and that is the Wicker Man, also called ‘Burning Man’ by some neopagans.

Far removed in time and space we see evidence for the same rite being conducted and for similar reasons – the preservation of the early agricultural civilizations that were ‘guided’ by Sky God traditions – called the Anunnaki on Mesopotamian tablets or the Tuatha de Dannan (Tuatha d’Anu) in European Celtic and Druidic sources.

1001015_318340804969022_2026839541_n “Fire” is a very common element to the early ‘magical’ and ‘shamanic’ systems, and its mastery in correlation to the development of modern humans is certainly indisputable. Any connection to the Fire Festivals of Europe is going to be difficult for one to understand without having been familiarized to the rigorous research found in other Mardukite materials that gives Mesopotamia as the birthplace of the Druidic Tradition.

Sir Francis Frazer (Golden Bough) mentions both a ‘solar’ alignment and ‘purification’ style to these types of operations. The later European Wicker Giants appear to be more ‘agricultural’ in nature then the MAQLU version that targets actual ‘practitioners’ of the ‘Dark Arts’ that negatively affect the well-being of the greater population, the community at large and by extension the “moral balance” perceived of ‘universal forces’.

The ancient Sumerians and Babylonians were no less dependent on the ‘agricultural’ fertility then the Celts – far from it. Thriving of a human numbers in the lands of Mesopotamia were so heavily dependent on the skilled use of arid land and the redirection of water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in a skillful way since lost to the Arabs and other occupiers of the land since.

babel98769878 In Europe, we find the appearance of the Burning Man during the fertile and seed-sowing and nurturing ‘spring’ seasons, particularly the Equinox (Easter) observation, Beltane (a notorious ‘Fire Festival’) and finally Midsummer. The annual survival of the agricultural Celts was wholly dependent on the success of this season above all others.

IN CONCLUSION…

One of which does correlate with Europe is an esoteric observation of Beltane – opposite it, Samhain (modern-day Halloween) is also significant. The Sumerio-Babylonian AKITU festival is concurrent with the Spring Equinox. So, regardless of where we turn, there is a unifying (universal) picture forming to define the ceremonial observation of the Burnings.

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Modern Assyriology: Exploring the Ancient Near East – Understanding the Babylonian Paradigm

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While many folk are familiar with and taught traditional knowledge and lore of the “classic era” of the Romans and Greeks, with occasional ventures into pop-culture mythologies of Egyptians, it seems that little or no attention is given to the source of all this: the Mesopotamian region and the Middle East…

MesopotamianReligionFrontcrop [This mardukite.com blog post is officially excerpted from the essay “Toward a New Babylonian Vision” by Joshua Free, first appearing in 2009 Ruby Edition of Liber L and reappearing as one of the introductory prefaces for the Mardukite Research Organization core sourcebook anthology: Necronomicon – The Anunnaki Bible, now in its sixth edition!]

…But, What is even more counter-productive for the Western world, politics with current world leaders and sects from those regions clouds the ability of the ego to accept anything from them. And what’s more, being that the traditions are pre-Christian in origin and agricultural or “earth-oriented,” they are subject to the same negative stereotypes that contemporary folk associate with any and all things considered “heathen” or “pagan” and really without just-cause.

Babylon2 It is important to understand that the study of this lore and observation of diverse traditions are not restricted to a particular region or culture, they simply seem to originate from a specific source, as did human civilization as a whole. With the spread of the human race followed the spread of the tradition which seemed to take on new forms and colors as it passed from generation to generation across the expanse of the planet.

Life-giving powers and their symbolic representations also appear to have been influenced by time and geography. While the sanctity of the “Sacred Fire” and the flame become apparent in the traditions and systems of the west and north, the people who originated the traditions more closely to the planetary equator more closely identify with the Waters of Life, most closely identified with ENKI (or PTAH in the Egyptian Tradition).

MesopotamianThumb The name Mesopotamia literally means: between or midway of two rivers, referring to the Euphrates and the Tigris, but the sacredness of water does not end here, as we can see that all the originating cultures that we can still identify or connect the source tradition to (non-nomadic) emerged or cultivated around key waterways: the Indus River Valley, the Nile, the Danube (Rhune/Rhine) and
even the Amazon.

The Sumerians called the Euphrates, BUR.AN.UN and it was also known as “Perath” or PU.RA.TU. The 1,800 mile long river begins to rise in late March, just about the time of the Spring Equinox, recognized as the start of the annual Zodiacal Wheel and also the famous A.KI.TI New Year Festival. The Tigris, known as I.DI.IK.LAT and ID.IG.NA (and called the “Serpent River” by some Arab sects) is somewhat shorter at only 1,150 miles and begins to rise at the opposite half of the year, usually coinciding with the Autumn Equinox.

cuneisdgsdg According to historical geologists, the flow of the Euphrates has actually moved westward with age and there is actually more land in Babylonia at present than during ancient times given the shrinking of the Persian Gulf (by 72 feet per year). The fertile alluvial soil in southern Babylonia created a distinct environment by contrast to the northern regions of Mesopotamia. Even the Babylonian region was divided between southern SUMER and northern AKKAD (Agade).

Each of the city-states was originally ruled by its own “Patesi” until eventually the battle for supremacy resulted in a unification of the two lands (as similarly occurred later in Egypt) under a single “King of Sumer and Akkad”, eventually known as the LUGAL or “Great Man”. The esteem of this position also included a mention in the “Book of Kings” [Tablet K] and local government was watched over by priest-kings who adhered to a “Book of the Law” [Tablet L] of which the Code of Hammurabi was largely based on…

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