Enki and Enlil, as many of you will know, are the warring, half-brother gods of the ancient Sumerians. Enki was the elder brother, but the son of King Anu and his consort. Enlil was the younger brother, but the son of Anu and his wife.
This second-son narrative is familiar to any student of the Old Testament. Time and again, Yahweh shines favor on the second son. Though not the topic of this post, this is one of the key indicators that Enlil later becomes Yahweh of the OT.
To make a very long story short, Enki is sent to Earth by his father to lead the expedition to mine gold for the Anunnaki. Enki is a scientist and not a great hierarchical leader. Soon the vital project falls behind and Anu sends Enlil, a trained military leader, to sure up the project. The two brothers quickly come into conflict. However, their conflict is put on hold when the Igigi (Anunnaki commoners) who are working in the mines revolt against the brothers. They are tired of the centuries of working the hard labor of a gold mine.
Enki proposes a solution to Enlil and Anu. He has noted the Neanderthal creatures that are indigenous to Earth. He proposes cross-breeding them with the Anunnaki. The goal is to make them smart enough to run the mines, but not smart enough to question the Anunnaki rule over them. After much debate and ethical soul-searching, the plan is agreed to and the experimental breeding program begins. Eventually, modern human beings are the result.
With that problem solved, Enlil and Enki go back to their fighting. The human beings become the center of their conflict. Enlil views them as mere worker slaves, demands their worship, and denies their sentience. Slowly, Enki comes to see the humans as more and becomes morally uncomfortable with keeping them enslaved and uneducated. He begins to share technology (the basics of civilization) with the humans against the wishes of Anu and Enlil.
Viewing the experiment as failed and annoyed by the vileness of the humans, Enlil convinces the Council of Gods led by his father to destroy humanity in a great deluge. All members of the Council are sworn to secrecy. However, Enki betrays his oath Atrahasis (known later to the world as Noah) and instructs him on how to build a boat to save the seed of his creation and other creatures upon the earth.
Giving humanity knowledge had placed Enki in hot water, but when his complicity with Atrahasis is discovered he is basically disowned by his brother and his father and declared to be in open rebellion against them. Despite his disdain for the humans, Enlil is ordered to re-establish firm Anunnaki control over humanity.
By the time this story travels a thousand miles across the desert and a couple of thousand years, landing in the Book of Genesis, Enki has become fully demonized as serpent in the garden. His desire to give humanity knowledge is demonized as the first sin agains Yahweh (Enlil) who is now establishing firm control again over the earth and over the narrative.
In my next article, I”ll discuss how the battle between Enlil and Enki flows into today’s headlines and how you can know each of them by their fruits.
Ray Davis is an author, thinker, and advocate for human potential. He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series. Signed copies of Book 1, Revelation, are now available within the U.S. from his website, AATrilogy.com or outside the US from Amazon or by order from your local bookstore.