The Anunnaki were a class of ancient Sumerian deities that existed on Earth before human women and men. According to the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Epic of Creation, humans were created to serve the Anunnaki.
In the ancient Epic of Creation the Anunnaki were Gods, yet they were also mortal, and of flesh and bone. This is made clear in tablet six, when one of the Anunnaki was sacrificed and "from his blood they created man."
The new creation, man, was to serve the remaining Anunnaki of which
there were 300 stationed in the heavens as a guard and (depending on the translation) 300 or 600 more on Earth. Here the word "heavens" could refer to a space station or another planet.
The Anunnaki are associated with the Biblical Nephilim, it has been suggested that they are the same beings, either gods (fallen angels) or extraterrestrials, but of different ranks or Anunnaki is the name of a certain group of Nephilim, specifically "those who came down from the heavens."
They came "down from the heavens" to harvest resources from planet Earth, and they did the work themselves until man was created.
In the ancient texts man is referred to as a lowly primitive, a savage, or a worker. He was created from the blood of the Gods and in their image - only smaller.
Also known as Annunake, Anunnaku, Ananaki, Annunnaki, Those of
Royal Blood, Nefilim, and Those who came down from the heavens.
See Also: Creatures by Type » Aliens
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The Babylonian Creation Myth (Enuma Elish). Web site: http://frontpage.montclair.edu/alvaresj/JAMYTH/Enumaelish.html. Retrieved on 06/03/2008.