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Nibiru – Marduk’s Star – Babylonian Mythology


Planet X, Nibiru. Nibiru is a term in the Akkadian language, translating to “crossing” or “point of transition”, especially of rivers, i.e. river crossings or ferry-boats. In Babylonian astronomy, the term Nibiru (in cuneiform spelled dné-bé-ru or MULni-bi-rum) refers to the equinox and the astronomical objects associated with it. Nibiru was considered the seat of the summus deus who shepherds the stars like sheep, in Babylon identified with Marduk. The establishment of the nibiru point is described in tablet 5 of the creation epic Enûma Eliš: “When Marduk fixed the locations (manzazu) of Nibiru, Enlil and Ea in the sky”. The Enûma Eliš states: Nibiru is [Marduk’s] star, which he made appear in the heavens. The stars of heaven, let him [Nibiru] set their course; let him shepherd all the gods like sheep. Nibiru is described more closely on a complete cuneiform tablet: Nibiru, which is said to have occupied the passageways of heaven and earth, because everyone above and below asks Nibiru if they cannot find the passage. Nibiru is Marduk’s star which the gods in heaven caused to be visible. Nibiru stands as a post at the turning point. The others say of Nibiru the post: “The one who crosses the middle of the sea (Tiamat) without calm, may his name be Nibiru, for he takes up the center of it.” The path of the stars of the sky should be kept unchanged. Böhl calls the text “objectively the most difficult passage, although it has been handed down in its entirety. The Nibiru tablet does not provide any essential help for the clarification.”In the enumerations, Nibiru is mentioned at different astronomical locations in conjunction with the positions of stars and planets mostly as the “star of Marduk”, however, the various stars or planets were not subject to any fixed interpretation.

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