Sumer & Akkad Symbols: The rod & ring

For the Sumerians, the Akkadians were apparently the people of vessel X, which was not any type of vessel, I tend to think that they referred to those attractive decorated plates of Halaf and Hassuna-Samarra, prior to the invasion of mountaineers of Tell Ubaid who made shitty pots, comparatively speaking.

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For the Akkadians, the Sumerians were the people of the lord of the cane, although it may seem a ridiculous name, for the rustic nature of the material, nevertheless it must be said that the lord of the cane, whoever he was, Enki, some of his subaltern apkallus , or who knows, but he was also the lord of the measure and holder of authority because  “he might set the limits”, a thing that from my point of view, remains reflected in the rod and the ring that we see in hands of the gods, even in  later pictures after the disappearance of the Sumerians.

Captura rod&ring

The endemic droughts that followed one another, once the world of the great floods disappeared, brought the constant invasions from the Zagros Mountains, wars and diseases but also the irrigation systems, the plow, the cities and the modern world that we unjustly attribute to Greeks and Romans. The technological and cultural level of the mixed Sumero-Akkadian society is really impressive … they used the “Roman” arch thousands of years before the Romans, their mathematics based in the angular momentum, they have the faculty to always give exact results, almost like if it were a property of the nature of reality. It is possible to say that they got to have a rudimentary knowledge about the magnetism, the electricity, the light and the sound that the medieval European alchemists would nevertheless have envied. I am not the only one who thinks that the posts with rings that used to be placed around the stables as seen in the seal of the previous image, are simple lightning rods, but I do not stop speculating on the function of objects similar to those that usually the lahamus, “the hairy ones” are carrying , those creatures of Tiamat that ended to the service of Enki, as it is appraised in the seals that I show next. After all, bitumen, metal and wool are very well known, it is not uncommon that they were able to accumulate enough static electricity for priests were able to give pious electroshocks to the unbelievers, but as I say this it is still pure speculation.

hairy ones

A seemingly old photo of what appears to be one of these artifacts circulates over there, which, if it was found, has probably disappeared in some private collection. In the photo you can see how a metal rod, probably insulated with bitumen, seems it should have been located inside, along the hollow staff:


It would be very sad if we discovered that the science of the seventeenth century was within our reach at least four or five thousand years before, or perhaps it would open our eyes. The fact is that the cyclical wars and conflicts arising from an inadequate use of power have not only slowed down but also have made the progress of humanity go back countless times and in the idiosyncrasy of this ancient people born very soon the notion that competitiveness is not something positive or desirable but the fruit of stupid leaders, as it seems to have been reflected in their, at least, curious way of writing:

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Captura adamin ENG

Sumerian writing is fascinating, I think. There are endless similar examples, in which it is not difficult to intuit the meaning in a visual and direct way; it had to evolve towards phonetics and its symbolic meaning in general is lost for practical needs, although some graphic symbolism remains due to the characteristics of language, such as the use of classifiers, which we can understand, or ideograms, many of which, for the moment, could only be understood by them.


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