• Pastor David J. Miner

The Golden Cup


We find in the Times' History, the following translation, (Times' History of the World, Volume I, p. 360):


"Shordgina, the powerful king, the King of Agademi. My mother was of noble family ... my father I did not know, whereas the brother of my father inhabited the mountains. My town was Azipiranu, which is situated on the bank of the Euphrates. My mother of a noble family concieved me and gave birth to me secretly. She put me into a basket of shurru and shut up the mouth .... The river carried me away and brought me to Akki, the daughter of water. Akki took me up and reared me to boyhood, and made me a gardener. During my activity as a gardener, ish di robni. Years exercised dominion, years I commanded the black-headed people and ruled them, etc."

This was supposedly to have been inscribed by some priests in the 7th century before Christ. While there is inconsistencies in these translations or transliterations, Cain's story is more than hinted at. His occupation as a gardener, the love of Ishtar, or Eve, for him in his youth, his sudden mysterious arrival in Babylonia; his adoption by the devil and his long rule over an inferior race. The fact that Sargon says that when he was a gardener, Ishtar loved him, might well refer to the cessation of her love for Cain, after his murder of Abel.


As an example of the priest's contradictions, Sargon says in this legend that he 'knew not his father.' While elsewhere he claims 'dati-anlil' his father. Professor King, who like Professor Sayce, takes the following inscriptions seriously and states:


"That Shar-gan-sharri, (Sargon) was the actual founder of his dynasty, is clear from the inscription upon his gate sockets, found at Nippur, which ascribe no title to his father, Dati-enlil, proving that his family had not even held the patesiate or governorship of Agade, (or Akkad) under the serenity of Cish." (Sumer and Akkad, p. 232).


There is also the frequent inscription of a supreme spirit of evil, in the Babylonian inscriptions. The Devil was more real to the ancient Babylonians than to some modern thinkers. He was, as we have seen, Sargon's rescuer and protector and probably progenitor, the donor of Sargon's dominions and subjects the Diety worshipped by Sargon, who was called his priest and he is addressed as equal or superior of Anu, (the father of gods) and King of Heaven and in many of the hymns, prayers and incantations, sheer dread of him must, one would think, have inspired such intercessions as:


"Oh, Divine Enil father of Sumer, Oh shepherd of the dark-headed people, Oh hero who sees by thine own power strong Lord, directing mankind." (Religions of Babylonia and Assyria, Mrs. Bristrow, p. 72).

And some very different sentiments expressed by fragments such as the following:


"The evil spirit hath lain in wait in the desert, unto the side of man hath drawn nigh. The evil genius forever is rampant and none can resist him. The evil ghost goeth furtively in the desert and causeth slaughter among men, the evil devil prowleth in the city. It hath no rest from slaughtering men." (The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia, by R. C. Thompson, Vol. II, p. 105).

The violations of Divine Law, which produced the nephilem described in the beginning of the 6th chapter of Genesis and the great prowess or destinction as ascribed to the progeny of human and Divine union, and of course this again, the violation of the ultimate law, according to the traditions and records, the Samarians looked back to the time when Gods lived upon the earth with men. And one of the inscriptions from the Cutha tablet of the Creation come the words:

"Men, with the bodies of birds in the desert, human beings with the faces of ravens, these the great, gods created and in the earth the gods created for them a dwelling. Tamineth gave unto them strength. Their life the mistress of god's raised .... In the first days the evil gods, the angels who where in rebellion who were in the lower part of heaven, had been created and they caused their evil work, devising with wicked heads, ruling to the river. There were 7 of them. The first was [...]. The second was a great animal. The third was a leopard. The fourth was a serpent, the fifth was a terrible [...]. The sixth was a stricker, to which God and King did not submit. The seventh was the messenger of evil wind, etc."(The Chaldean Genesis, p. 103-107).


Rigamarole, though all this is, in it, the truths are hinted at and that the Babylonian scribes knew more about that hybrid race than we have learned from the Bible.


In Deut. 3, verse 2, where Og, the King of Bashan, is said to be of the remnant of the giants, the Hebrew word translated giants is 'rapha' or 'raphain', and it really means sort of a monster, a fearful one, not a gigantic man like Nimrod, who is described in Hebrew as a 'gibeor', which means giant. This may explain the fact that the Israelites, who seemed to have easily exterminated these people in the end were terrified at them at first.


Now, the existence of these races, witnessed by both the Bible and the Babylonian writings, is apparently ignored by the scientists, yet does it not account for the perplexing bones found from time to time in different parts of the world. May we not ascribe to those races, the piphecanthropus erectus, the man of Heidelburg, the neandrethal man, the negroid of Grimalbi, the galehil man, the lemur, monkey man, etc., the fearsome ancestors, with whom some of the anthropologists have been ready to saddle themselves and us.


The Gods, as Professor Meyer points out, are always represented in monuments, as Adamites, so it is clear that the Annunaki, who were appealed to as Gods, were the white, or Aryan Race, or Canaanite looking simular to the white race and the inscriptions given below says that Marduk, Cain's mythological representative, was great among the Igigi. They were the black heads that were ruled over by Cain. One of the inscriptions translated by Mrs. Bristrow, reads:


"When Annu, Enel and Enki and Ninkharsagga, created the black-headed, the niggilma of the earth, they caused the earth to produce the animals, the four-legged creatures, of the field ...."


Therefore black-headed and niggilma means the same thing and represents the pre-Adamites. It may reasonably be conjectured that the word igigi, especially if identified with the black-headed niggilma, may contain the root of the word niger (black), negro or nigger. For niger does mean black.

Sir James Fraser, in his work, The Golden Bough—the story he tells is the legends of Izdubar, and they were thought to be written about the time of Hamarobi, around 2000 B.C. In this the story, Abel is referred to and also, according to Professor Sayce, under two different names, Tammuz and Taballu. Eve, of course is represented by Ishtar and Cain by the gardener, isullanu, of whom Professor Sayce writes:

"Isullanu, the gardener of Annu, is probably the mystic prototype of the historical Sargon, of Akkad, whom later legend turned into a gardener beloved by the Goddess Ishtar." (Hibbert Lectures, p. 250).


The fact that Isullanu calls Ishtar Mother and is to be the gardener of Ishtar's father, (remember Cain was the 'tiller of the ground' Genesis 4:2) as Annu, otherwise Adam, sometimes called in the inscriptions, is additional proof that Isullanu represents Cain. This curious legend, a good example of the ancient priest's nonsense of twisting and distorting, which of course we can see this day in our own contemporary history—is maintained and carried on, by the same race of people, only in a modern form, by people we call Jews and their proselytes. Whereas Professor Sayce writes and notices the contradictory character given to Ishtar, he writes:


"But who was the Goddess, of whom one legend made the faithful wife enduring even death for her husband's sake, while another regarded her as the most faithless and cruel of croquets." (Hibbert Lectures, p. 250).


In the Encyclopaedia Brittanica—Edition II, "Cainus Major" cites:

"That the Greeks, borrowing most of their astronomical knowledge from the Babylonians, held similar myths and ideas. The Romans adopted the Greek ideas. Thus we tie in the Ancient Babylonian mythology with that of the Greek and Roman."


Since Professor Sayce regards the gardener of Isullanu, representing Sargon, which is justified in calling him Cain, we have also seen that the Professor identifies Tammuz with Abel, and the fact that in the above legend, he regards Tammuz and Taballu as one and the same, justifies looking in to the double character of the Roman legend, as well. This we will find that the Goddess, Dinah, admittedly a form of Ishtar, and the water nymph Egeria, was shown by her attributes to be another form of Ishtar. That both characters represent Eve is obvious, for Verbius the young hero of the grove is connected by Sir James Fraser with Tammuz and therefore with Abel.


Since Professor Sayce identifies the gardener Isallanu, in the Babylonian legend with Sargon, it is evident that the murderer priest king of the Roman legend represents Cain. There was a double-headed bust found at Nimi and was believed to represent the priest king and it is of interest. It is believed that the older head represents Cain, the murderer priest king, while in the younger head we have Abel. Sir James Fraser, describing the bust says:


"The type of face is similar in both heads, but there are marked differences between them, for while one is young and beardless, with shut lips and a steadfast gaze, the other is a man of middle life, with a long and matted beard, wrinkled brows, a wild and anxious look in his eyes and an open grinning mouth. But perhaps the most singular thing about the two heads is the leaves with scalloped edges, which are plastered, so to say, on the necks of both busts and apparently also under the eyes of the younger figure. The leaves have been interpreted as oak leaves and the mustache of the older figure clearly resembles an oak leaf. All this may contain, in germ, the solution of the problem of the King of Wood worship—(The Golden Bough). The likeness between the two faces, that they may represent the brothers Cain and Abel, while the difference of age and expression accords with the story told about them in Genesis, and more support may be perhaps found in 'the open, grinning mouth' of the older face, which is clearly one-sided and therefore suggestive of a muscular contortion, known to science as the 'cynic spasm' and described, as a compulsive spasm of the muscles of one side of the face, distorting the mouth, nose etc., into the appearance of a grin."


It is no mere coincidence that the face of the murderer king, of the Roman bust, represents Cain and it actually seems more than a coincidence that the muscular contortion which he is portrayed with, has been given a nape, containing the root of the word Cain and apparently associated in other ways as well, with Cain.


Physiologists agree that the word 'cynics' (kynikoi) given to certain Greek philosophers in the first century A.D., came from the Greek word for dog (kuon), and that these philosophers were so called because they were "prone to fall back into animalism, pure and simple" and they were said to "have outraged the dictates of common decency." That idea that the Greek word for dog may have derived from the name of Cain is also apparent, for physiologically speaking, it is reasonable, for the word kuon (dog), is quite like the word 'Cain'. As the second syllable of Sargon's name, which is identified with Cain, and historically speaking, a connection between the words 'Cain' and 'cynic' and 'dog' seems probable, for while the Epistle Jude indicates the evil character of Cain's latter life and was well known to the Apostles, St. Paul and St. John, head their list of evil doers with the word 'dog' which one modern translator of the Bible has changed into 'cynics'. See Ferrer Fenton, Bible, in modern English, for a more convincing rendering that dogs was obviously meant, for men and not animals, were referred to.


As Mrs. Bristrow states:

"The cynics of Greece were evidently proud of their epicurean title, for they adopted a dog as their emblem, or badge. Perhaps they knew that dogs originally took the name kuon from Cain and gloried in the fact; for in the 2nd century A.D., another sect of philosophers arose, who announced their preference for Cain over Abel and were called Cainites, for 'they believed that Cain derived his existence from the superior power, and Abel from an inferior power.'" (Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Edition II, "Cain"). Therefore a connection exists between the names Cain and Sargon. kuon (the Greek word for dog) and the kynikoi, or cynics of Greece and that through the 'sculptured grin' and the 'cynic spasm', the king of wood may be identified with Cain. Also canis, the dog star, may be called after Cain.


Homer wrote of it—'Whose breath taints the red air with feverish plagues and death.'"

Since there is a certain resemblance between the laws of Moses and of the Babylonian code, called after the King Hamarobi, 2000 B.C., you see a connection between the distortion of the true law of God, just like we see the connection between the Constitution of the United States and the Law Merchant, under which we now are being ruled. The Babylonian code ascribes to Sargon: "The deviser of constituted law," "The deviser of prosperity" or "The very wise."


-Pastor Richard G. Butler

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