Anyway, somewhere along the line, the original story of Enki's E.ABZU (the floating/flying/talking/roaring palace) was mingled with Egyptian tales
about Ra, the sun god. How this particular confusion happened, I'm not yet certain. In the meantime, consider these words as presented by
egyptologist, E. A. Wallis Budge:
Be this as it may, it seems that the "self-created and self-begotten" god Ra had been ruling over mankind for a very long time, for his subjects
were murmuring against him, and they were complaining that he was old, that his bones were like silver, his body like gold, and his hair like
You can see echoes of the description of Enki's E.Abzu in the bolded part of the sentence. His bones were like silver: et.al, the interior is
silver. His body like gold: et.al, the outside was covered in a gold colored metal. And his hair like lapis-lazuli: et.al, decorations, lights,
designs in blue color perhaps?
I bring this up because this is an opening quote made by Budge in regards to the Legend of Re and Hathor. The opening paragraphs are equally
interesting, for example:
"The legend takes us back to the time when the gods of Egypt went about in the country, and mingled with men and were thoroughly acquainted with
their desires and needs. The king who reigned over Egypt was Ra, the Sun-god" [...]
"When Ra heard these murmurings he ordered his bodyguard to summon all the gods who had been with him in the primeval World-ocean,
and to bid
them privately to assemble in the Great House
, which can be no other than the famous temple of Heliopolis."
The interesting part about these particular quotes is the reference to the Primeval World-Ocean (this is the Abzu, the Abyss, the Bottomless Pit, the
Star Gate) and the Great House, which no doubt is the E.ABZU, where the Abzu gate was located.
The Egyptian story is speaking of the exploits of the Anunnaki! What happens next is very interesting:
"When Ra entered the Great Temple, the gods made obeisance to him, and took up their positions on each side of him, and informed him that they
awaited his words. Addressing Nu, the personification of the World-ocean, Ra bade them to take notice of the fact that the men and women whom his Eye
had created were murmuring against him. He then asked them to consider the matter and to devise a plan of action for him, for he was unwilling to slay
the rebels without hearing what his gods had to say. In reply the gods advised Ra to send forth his Eye to destroy the blasphemers, for there was no
eye on earth that could resist it, especially when it took the form of the goddess Hathor. Ra accepted their advice and sent forth his Eye in the form
of Hathor to destroy them, and, though the rebels had fled to the mountains in fear, the Eye pursued them and overtook them and destroyed them. Hathor
rejoiced in her work of destruction, and on her return was praised by Ra, for what she had done.
The slaughter of men began at Suten-henen (Herakleopolis), and during the night Hathor waded about in the blood of men. Ra asserted his intention of
being master of the rebels, and this is probably referred to in the Book of the Dead, Chapter XVII., in which it is said that Ra rose as king for the
first time in Suten-henen. Osiris also was crowned at Suten-henen, and in this city lived the great Bennu bird, or Phoenix, and the "Crusher of
Bones" mentioned in the Negative Confession.
In the actual story, Ra first sends his Eye which seeks out the hidden places, then he sends his Eye in the form of Hathor, who does the same thing.
This is obviously a mixture of concepts. Somewhere in that story is a further description of what happened before the flood. Read the story here:
[edit on 10-3-2006 by undo]