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They are said to be 'seers' by virtue of being able to see the divine law which rules all creation and also sustains it.They are also said to be first Brahmans or the sons of Brahma. They have divine powers and are free from worldly pleasures, the circle of life and death and karma. They bring down to the earth the Knowledge required and Energies to strengthen the processes of Transition or Pralaya. They are the most evolved Light Beings in the Creation and the guardians of the Divine Laws. They are given more importance than the "Devatas" or the other Gods.
Sapta Rishis are the Hierarchy working under the guidance of the Highest Creative Intelligence, Parmatma
In the Hindu mythology, it is said that the stars of the Big Dipper were the seven sages called Rishis. They were happily married to seven sisters named Krttika. They originally lived all together in the northern sky. But one day, the god of fire, Agni, fell in love with the seven Krttika. Trying to forget his love, Agni wandered in the forest where he met Svaha, the star Zeta Tauri.
Svaha had a child. Rumors began to spread that six of the Rishis' wives were his mother. The seven Rishis divorced their wives. Arundhati was the only one that remained with her husband as the star Alcor. The other six Krttika went away to become the Pleiades.
The Apkallu (Akkadian) or Abgal, (Sumerian) are seven Sumerian sages, demigods who are said to have been created by the god Enki to establish culture and give civilization to mankind. They served as priests of Enki and as advisors or sages to the earliest "kings" or rulers of Sumer before the flood. They are credited with giving mankind the Me (moral code), the crafts, and the arts. They were seen as fish-like men who emerged from the sweet water Abzu.
According to the myth, human beings were initially unaware of the benefits of culture and civilization. The god Enki sent from Dilmun,amphibious half-fish, half-human creatures, who emerged from the oceans to live with the early human beings and teach them the arts and other aspects of civilization such as writing, law, temple and city building and agriculture
Apkallu and human beings were presumably capable of conjugal relationships since after the flood, the myth states that four Apkallu appeared. These were part human and part Apkallu
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: Harte
Vinca and the surrounding regional groups very much relate to the formative Indo-European steppe cultures that developed and influenced Northern Indian tradition, there is seen stylistic development of the earliest figurine types from Vinca into Indus Valley culture and throughout a substantial area of the Near East, so i don't see anything problematic for Vinca being a common source for both Hindu and Sumerian traditions of the seven sages, things have to start somewhere, unless you can suggest an alternative...?
The script types seen first developed at Vinca reappear as Proto-Sumerian script in Jemdet Nasr culture of earliest Uruk so a picture begins to emerge that there was some form of cultural transmission, or we simply ignore evidence...?
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: skalla
Of course it is figures wearing masks or helmets, as well as the stylized suits with protective shoulder and knee paddings and built in features of flexibility, so the question becomes why are the figures seen posing in this relaxed manner wearing these costumes and also what lay beneath the mask....?
Here's the evidence;
When the mask is raised the mystery only deepens, or perhaps that is what you'd expect to see...?