2012, Zecharia Sitchin and Pan-Babylonianism

On Nov 13th 2009 Roland Emmerich’s ultra-bombastic movie “2012″ was released. It injects into the mainstream public mind a major theme percolating throughout the minority ‘New Age movement’ these last 20 years or so, namely, the supposed significance of the year 2012 based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar – the notion that some major event is going to happen globally in 2012. This has been prognosticated  optimistically, as the entry into some great age of bliss and transcendent consciousness for all humanity, a kind of New Age version of a Christian Fundamentalist pre-apocalyptic Rapture, or else the beginning of a new golden age. Dan Brown’s new novel “The Lost Symbol” for example, includes the following extract:

“For millennia, mankind had wandered in the darkness…but now, as had been prophesied, there was a change coming. After hurtling blindly through history, mankind has reached a crossroads. This moment had been predicted long ago, prophesied by the ancient texts, by the primeval calendars, and even by the stars themselves. The date was specific, its arrival imminent. It would be preceded by a brilliant explosion of knowledge…a flash of clarity to illuminate the darkness and give mankind a final chance to veer away from the abyss and take the path of wisdom.”
    — Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

Alternatively, 2012 has been seen pessimistically as signifying the literal end of the world as the poles suddenly shift, or the Earth is frazzled by some giant solar flare (the latter is the theme of the recent Hollywood movie “Knowing” and less directly, also of “2012″). All kinds of Internet sites are springing up in anticipation of this event e.g. http://beyond2012hq.com/. It has to be said that most of them are American, and as with Y2K (remember that? It was only 1999), the rest of the world needs to be a tad wary of new fads that emerge from that direction.

Because this 2012 phenomenon, however one reads it, is due to occur in the year of the 2012 Olympics and Obama’s 2nd election campaign and the first year after “the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan” (dream on!), and, I daresay, certain ‘green global governance’ measures that will come out of the current Copenhagen CONference, we can expect a continuing wave of hype up to 2012. Perhaps “Osama bin Laden” will also be captured that year, or ‘killed evading arrest’ !

 For a general refutation of various aspects of the 2012 phenomena hype,

see http://the2012deception.net/?p=139

and http://the2012deception.net/?p=101

 Below are a few links that are, I think, useful, when one seeks to gain some insight into one significant strand of the 2012 hype. Strictly speaking, this aspect was not originally connected to 2012, because it emerged prior to the new ‘Mayanism’ vogue of the late 1980s, but in recent years it has managed to connect itself to this Mayanism and the related 2012 hype, most of which gained real traction round 1987 at the time of the so-called Harmonic Convergence of that year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_Convergence).

 The aspect I’m referring to is the ‘Annunaki/Nibiru/Planet X/aliens return to Earth’ complex that is based largely on the claims of Zecharia Sitchin and has informed the presentations of a number of presenters prominent in  some conspiracy circles, such as David Icke, Laurence Gardner, Jordan Maxwell, and Michael Tsarion. Many people in the mainstream would dismiss these individuals as cranks and nutcases, but they have proved to be skilful showmen and presenters, whatever one thinks of the truth of their material, and their influence has been widespread throughout the internet and not only in the English-speaking world. Some conspiracy researchers would argue that these individuals are disinformation agents whose aim is to discredit or distract serious research into alternative history or current events. The individuals cited have tended to explain things such as the New World Order as a multi-generational plot by human beings among the world’s elites who are actually not human beings but have extraterrestrial genes and who bioengineered the human race many millennia ago. It is all a largely materialist explanation of ancient history that dispenses with any spiritual agency in the history of mankind and of Earth and looks to ancient alien astronauts and UFOs for illumination as to such things as the pyramids, origins of writing, technology and culture in general. Not surprising therefore, that such explanations should be taken up so widely in the technology-based and materialism-saturated cultures of the modern, English-speaking West and its cultural satellites.

Who is Zecharia Sitchin?

Start here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin :

“Raëlism, the UFO religion founded by Claude Vorilhon, appropriated some of its beliefs from Sitchin’s work, as does the Nuwaubian religion founded by Dwight York. Zetatalk, the internet cult founded by self-proclaimed contactee Nancy Leider, describes “Planet X”, a large object they claim is about to hit Earth, as “Nibiru” in reference to Sitchin’s claims. David Icke also draws on Sitchin’s work in his conspiracy theories. The 1994 movie Stargate, directed by Roland Emmerich, drew some conceptual inspiration from Sitchin’s ideas.”

    [Nb Emmerich is also the director of "2012"]

Then see Sitchin’s site: http://www.sitchin.com/

You can also see there (scroll down that page) how Sitchin’s ideas are being integrated into the 2012 hype.

At his site Sitchin also writes the following on the issue of ‘man-made CO2-related global warming’, these days redubbed by the proponents of the thesis as ‘climate change’:

“Global Warming


   A new term, “Geo-engineering,” has come to the fore at various international meetings dealing with ‘Global warming’ (now more correctly addressed as Climate Change).

   The term was officially embraced by the new U.S. presidential science advisor, John Holdern. Speaking at a recent international conference in Bonn, Germany, he revealed that “Geo-engineering” is among the “extreme options” under discussion by the U.S. government: Using space-age technology yet to be devised, he said, “particles will be shot into the Earth’s upper atmosphere to create a shield that will reflect away from Earth the Sun’s warming rays.” While such extraordinary measures would be only a last resort, “we don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table,” Dr. Holdren said.

   Such new space-age ideas duplicate technologies that have already been used 450,000 years ago!

Back to the Anunnaki:

The audacious idea of protecting a planet thermally by creating a shield of particles in its upper atmosphere is not as revolutionary as it seems. It was, I wrote in my 1976 book The Twelfth Planet, exactly the reason why the Anunnaki – “Those who from Heaven to Earth came” – had come here some 450,000 year ago from their planet Nibiru.

   On Nibiru — ‘Planet X’ of our Solar System – the problem was the opposite one: Loss of internally generatedheat due to a dwindling atmosphere, brought about by natural causes and nuclear wars. Nibiru’s scientists, I wrote, concluded that the only way to save life on their planet was to create a shield of gold particles in their upper atmosphere. It was in search of the needed gold that the “gods” of the ancient peoples had come to Earth. Basing my conclusions on Sumerian and other texts from the ancient Near East, I wrote that the Anunnaki began to arrive on Earth some 445,000 years ago, establishing settlements in the E.Din (later Mesopotamia) and mining gold in southeast Africa.

   As I have written in subsequent books, “modern science is only catching up with ancient knowledge.” The idea of ‘geo-engineering’ is borrowed from technologies of the Anunnaki.”

 Sitchin has made contact with high-ups in the Catholic Church:


At the above link Sitchin discusses aliens with a “high Vatican official – Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a Catholic theologian with impressive credentials” (the conversation was in 2000; Balducci died in 2008). Balducci was :

        “a member of the Curia of the Roman Catholic Church

        a Prelate of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Propagation of the Faith

        leading exorcist of the Archdiocese of Rome

        a member of the Vatican’s Beatification Committee

        an expert on demonology

        the author of several books”

And now, for a comprehensive refutation of Sitchin’s entire thesis, see the website of American biblical scholar Michael S. Heiser PhD: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/sitchiniswrongcontentpage.htm

also, http://jcolavito.tripod.com/lostcivilizations/id14.html

Then, for a lengthy defence of Sitchin by William Henry, specifically against Michael S. Heiser:


Heiser’s detailed response to this is here: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/Disciple%20william_henry.htm


Finally, I recently discovered that one of the likely key original sources of ideas such as those of Sitchin (at least insofar as they focus on Mesopotamia) is to be found in an obscure (well, to most of us, at any rate!) academic battle that took place 100 years ago around a thesis called Pan-babylonianism, which was the assertion that ALL the world’s great religious themes and motifs stemmed ultimately from Babylonia and its predecessor civilisation, Sumer. Pan-babylonianism was decisively discredited by the early 1930s, but it limped on as a minority view here and there throughout the 20th century, and in Sitchin’s Sumer-centred ideas and concepts of the Bible, Pan-babylonianism can be said to have flared up again in a new form.

Very brief overview:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panbabylonism

For a detailed discussion of the rise and fall of the erroneous pseudo-history that is Pan-babylonianism, see:


©Terry Boardman 2009

This page was created 15.12.2009  Last updated 17.7. 2012