We revisited Sargon and Hammurabi the great kings of ancient Babylon. Now it is time to revisit Queen Simiramis who had her king build the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (see my article on the this subject), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The amazing part of this story is that he built it just for her.
Let’s look at some of the myths, the legends, and or historical truths of this great Queen. To do so I will refer back to yesterday’s article where I wrote about the bible parallels with the Babylonian myths and legends. In that article, I focused primarily on how Moses and Noah cross referencing with the time of Hammurabi and his involvement with Noah’s family (see article on The Parallels Between Bible Stories and Babylonian Tales). I pointed out that Hammurabi may have been Noah’s grandson.
We will once again revisit this biblical account and the corresponding Babylonian involvement. Noah’s ark is said to have anchored in Mount Ararat on a mountaintop in what is now Turkey. Noah’s family, a total of eight individuals settled at the bottom of the mountain in Ararat, facing Georgia (a former USSR country) in the Caucasus.
Gradually the descendants of Noah grew and spread out to Eastern Turkey, Syria and Iran. Latter the descendants of Noah branched out further into the general region of the Middle East known as the Fertile Crescent. Because of the migration, it is fair to assume that there was rivalry for fertile land, hostility, and war.
We have seen the warring states in the region known as Mesopotamia already. Still later on in history, we have seen that Hammurabi unified these warring states into one big empire. But at the time in question about 500 – 1,000 years after Noah, his descendants had already settled into lower Mesopotamia, particularly the areas known as Sumer and Akkad. It would be at this time that the families of Japheth, Shem, and Ham would be rivals.
The city Uruk in Sumeria, a part of Mesopotamia, was the first city built after the great flood. It most likely got its name from the great city before the flood called Enoch, which became Erech, and thus the new city after the flood further transformed into a city named Uruk. There were seven great cities in the Persian Gulf and so the Persian Gulf became known as the Land of the Seven Cities. The bible recounts that Nimrod conquered these great cities establishing the great Mesopotamian Empire. We know that Hammurabi created this great empire by conquering the city-states suggesting that Hammurabi may have been Nimrod. The other theory purported in my previous article was that Hammurabi may have been the grandson of Noah.
Some accounts say that Nimrod was Ethiopian by birth and well traveled. He came to Arabia to conquer. He enlisted his cousins, the descendants of Sheba and Dedan to help him conquer Arabia. He settled first in the Asian mainland at the straight of Hormuz by the Indus River, which is now modern day Afghanistan. Nimrod drove the people of this area, the Dravidisons, out of the area and up into the Indus Valley (India) and established his empire around 4000-3000 B.C. (aligning this period with one thousand years after Noah). The trouble with all these tales is that the time they took place varies from one historian to another. Not enough documentation of the actual dates have been discovered.
While Nimrod was at war he met Simiramus who was a barkeeper in a brothel in her native Ereck. The two got together for an affair. The people of Erech were the descendants of Cain. The Hebrew translation of the name Simiramis,is Shinar which is also the name given to lower Mesopotamia. Simiramis also refers to the land of Sumeria.
Just look at the influence this barroom keeper had on society when the land of Mesopotamia, is named after her. Mesopotamia, the Fertile Crescent the land where civilization first began was named for this one peasant woman. What an honour and a legacy this woman left. Don’t forget I mentioned the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World was created just for her. What power she held in her hands. It is simply unimaginable.
However, in order to get her the recognition she needed and to get her onto the throne, this harlot could not be suspected. The story was invented that she was a virgin whom Nimrod found by the sea then wedded. It was a yarn that was befitting for an emperor and his virgin bride.
According to Bryce Self, Simiramis was instrumental in creating what he calls a false religion bent on corrupting the astrological religion of Noah and his descendents. The original bible story told by the constellations that Noah had adhered to, was the creation story, the fall of Adam and Eve, and the virgin birth of a savior who would defeat Satan with God reigning supreme. Self maintains that Simiramis created her own myth story. In her version the great Dragon is the rightful lord. The God of the Bible stole the Dragon’s place. The Dragon had created man and promised that one day a virgin mother would give birth to a son who would over throw the One – in this case the Hebrew God, and return the earth and the people back to the him. This religion was a cult steeped in secrecy and mysticism and run by priests and priestesses. The inductees were instructed about the doctrine on a need to know basis.
Now Bryce Self shows a very different picture of the love between Nimrod and Simiramis. In the hanging gardens story it is not Nimrod who is her husband but it is Nebuchadnezzar, and this ruler lived well after the time of Simiramis. Which version is right and which version is wrong comes down again to the question of dates.
Mr. Self goes on to say that the famous love story went soar. Simiramis bore an illegitimate son whom she named Damu. The Hebrews translated his name into Tammuz. In order not to be dethroned Simiramis devised a plan to kill her husband Nimrod. He was cut to pieces at a ceremony. She declared her son Tammuz a God and later she became a God herself. She reigned over Babylon for 102 years.
However, according the Jewish historian Josephus, Nimrod was killed by Shem the son of Noah because of his butchery of their religion. His body parts were sent back to Queen Simiramis, all except for the Nimrod’s penis.
All in all the pagan religion evolved from Nimrod the emperor to Nimrod the God. The God Nimrod is portrayed as the great dragon, which is Satan to the Christians. David Icke a researcher who is “very much out there” and very controversial goes as far as to state that Simiramis, Isis, and the virgin Mary were the same person. He claims the trinity, God, Mother Mary, and Jesus are the Babylonian deities, Nimrod, Simiramis, and Tammuz only the names were changed. http://issuu.com/ericm814/docs/tales_from_the_time_loop/153
The stories may be conflicting but the legends are rather fascinating.