Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 2: Hollywood Babylon

Several years ago I blogged on the Oscars and the enigma of the Hollywood and Highland complex they're held in, specifically the very odd presence of the Babylon Gate, recreated from DW Griffith's epic flop, Intolerance

As I wrote back in 2008:
The rear entrance to the theatre is a massive recreation of the Babylon Gate from D.W. Griffiths’s Intolerance (Griffith was yet another Hollywood Freemason)... Near the top rim of the gate is a border design made of 17 keyhole-shaped objects. It seems only appropriate that behind the Babylon Gate stands the Renaissance Hotel, located on the 1700 block of Highland Ave. 
All well and good, right? Now ask yourself- what in Heaven's name is this doing in the courtyard of the venue where the World's most prominent awards ceremony is held every year? What connection is this alleged to have to the Oscars? I mean, the symbolism is obvious but what's the cover story?
Well, apparently the cover story is that the legendary writer Ray Bradbury- the poet laureate of science fiction-- insisted that the Gate be installed at the plaza. Why exactly and exactly how he had such pull with the H&H developers is a real brain-teaser. Bradbury is quoted thusly:
"I told them that somewhere in the city, they had to build the set from the 1916 film Intolerance by D. W. Griffith. The set, with its massive, wonderful pillars and beautiful white elephants on top, now stands at the corner of Hollywood and Highland avenues. People from all over the world come to visit, all because I told them to build it. I hope at some time in the future, they will call it the Bradbury Pavilion." 
Well, that's all well and good but the fact remains that the planners probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble and expense of recreating the Gate simply to humor a writer, no matter how respected he may be. And there's the blindingly obvious symbolism to be unpacked here.

Because what we're talking about here is the literalizing of "Hollywood Babylon," which you have to admit is kind of a ballsy, in-your-face kind of move. Note you don't see any other pseudo-cyclopean artifacts from any other ancient culture there. Of course, what it also does is make a very specific and definitive statement as to what Tinseltown holds most sacred. 

I mean, Babylon. Think about it for a moment. 

Did I mention that they hold the Oscars here, the 800-pound gorilla of all award ceremonies?

As you may already know, Babylon is a Greek rendering of the Akkadian bav-ilim, which means "Gate of the Gods." So the H&H gate is in fact a symbolic representation of a portal to the world of the gods, or a stargate if you prefer.

What's more, Babylon was founded by the great usurper Sargon of Akkad, who we discussed last year not only for his conquest of Sumer-- and all that implies-- but for the possible fingerprints he might have left on several Bible stories as well as the Prometheus mythologies.

Now, pay close attention to what happened next- the devil, as always, is in the details: A Lugal- a giant- bound in chains to appease a sky god: why does that sound so familiar?  
Oh yeah, because that's Prometheus' story as well.
 Lugal-zagesi marched his army from Kish to meet Sargon in battle and was defeated. Sargon then put Zagesi in chains, tied a rope around his neck, and took him to the city of Nippur, sacred to the god Enlil upon whom Lugalzagesi had relied, and forced him to march in humiliation through the Enlil's gate. 
Again with the gates.

So the Babylon Gate doesn't just connect back to Sumer and the foundation of Western civilization and the monotheistic religions (Abraham was actually Sumerian), it also ties into-- you guessed it-- Ancient Astronaut Theory, specifically through the influential work of Zecharia Sitchin. 

For whatever problems Sitchin's work may have, no one did more to identify Sumer with ancient astronauts in the public imagination. 

Did I mention that many of the biggest SF movie/TV franchises coming out of Hollywood have Ancient Astronaut Theory as the basis of their mythology? I did? Good. 

I would argue that the Gate also ties into the Lucifer archetype through the Zagesi-Prometheus link, not to mention through the fascinating constellation of mysterious yet crucially important Sumero-Akkadian fire gods, variously known as Gibil (Gilgamesh is a rendering of Gi-bil-aga-mis, which literally means "Gibil is commander"), Girra (which literally means "Light-Bringer"), Nusku (the guardian of dreams and lord of the night) and others. 

This Babylonian Lucifer was described in language anyone raised Christian would recognize (such as "first-born son of God," for starters) two-thousand years before Jesus walked the Earth. 

This Babylonian Lucifer was also a binary god. He Incarnated the elemental power of fire, so over the years there were both benevolent and malevolent fire gods. The badass fire god was Nergal, god of the underworld (also known as Lugalgirra, Erra, etc). Like Osiris (immortalized in the Oscar statuette itself) Nergal was believed to represent the Sun in the underworld.

This of course re-emerged in the form of the much-later innovation of Satan and Lucifer representing the dark and light natures of the Princes of Hell. How exactly that little arrangement arose in the Middle Ages, when the original Akkadian/Babylonian texts were believed to have been long lost, is another puzzler altogether.

The Babylonian Lucifer not only surfed his way along the waves of cultural displacement,  the Assyrians saw him as a bulwark against black magic and witchcraft, as recorded so famously in the astonishing Maqlu grimoire (which Necromonicon fans should really take the time to read).

So I should probably insert the fact that Gordon referred to Alien: Covenant as a "Space Lucifer" movie, for reasons I get even though I haven't seen the movie yet. Well, I should say that haven't seen the last third of the movie that hasn't been previewed or clipped on YouTube.


I have to admit it blows my mind  how the Sumerian religion-- which existed for millennia before the Sumerians were displaced from the roll of history-- was adopted with only superficial innovations by their conquerors. And their conquerors. And their conqueror's conqueror's conquerors. 

You're looking at a tradition that arose out of Neolithic times-- at the least-- and persisted up until the time of the Muslim conquests (albeit in a relatively-reduced form as "Chaldean Magic"). And of course it had a major influence on the Biblical tradition as well as on Zoroastrianism (which seems to be very heavily informed by Girra/Nusku temple practices brought back to Iran after the Achaemenid conquest of Babylon).

And in a way the Sumerian religion endures to this day. Not only in the influence it had on the Abrahamic religions but also in its Space Age makeover as the backbone of AAT and alien conspiracy theory, which themselves are slowing evolving into (neo-Gnostic) religions of their own. 

Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and run a search on Anunaki. I just did and it coughed up a whopping 399,00o results.

But the Anunaki aren't the only Sumerian gods in town these days. There are also the Igigi, who some have compared to the Greys of UFO lore fame. And more recently, there seems to be a rediscovery of the Seven Sages, aka the Apkallu.

It is noted, “The Apkallu were seven demigods created by Enki, one of the chief Sumerian gods…Enki referred to as ‘Ea,’ which is the name he was later given in Babylonian and Akkadian mythology.” As a styled sidenote, see Seven gods of chaos. Also, you may recall the reference to Enkin in Is the Bible an Anunnaki control mechanism? 
(A)s per the Sumerian mythology “These beings were sent by Enki to teach human beings the arts of civilization: agriculture, writing, building, and so on.” Which correlates to the Book of Enoch noting that various Angels called “Watchers” taught humanity various skills.
Indeed they do. The Apkallu are practically a godsend to any Ancient Astronaut theorist worth his aluminum. Note that Apkallu are usually depicted with wings, being the origin of  the association of angels and wings. Well, the ones that aren't depicted as fish like our old friend Adapa, better known as Oannes.

What's more, the Apkallu are yet another example of what Gordon White calls the "civilizing trickster gods." Maybe one of the first, actually.

Gee, kind of like what's-his-name. You know, Prometheus:

(T)he origin of Watchers derives from the Mesopotamian mythology of the antediluvian sages (apkallus). More precisely, it is proposed that the mythology of Watchers and their sons the giants derived from inverted versions of various Mesopotamian myths and beliefs about apkallus. On some layers of Mesopotamian mythology and ritual practices, the sages were already regarded as dangerous and potentially malicious creatures, upon which the Jewish authors could build their parody.  
Among other associations, the apkallus had strong ties to Mesopotamian demonology, and they were occasionally counted as evil beings, capable of witchcraft. This shows that the wickedness of antediluvian teachers of humankind in Jewish sources was not wholly an inversion of the Mesopotamian traditions by Jewish scholars, but was partly taken from already existing trends in Mesopotamian demonology.

So it's probably here that I should mention that the figures on the Hollywood Babylon Gate are actually Apkallu. Yeah, how about that, huh?

Then I should mention that this very oddly-specific bit of product placement ties back to a very ancient practice indeed:
Figurines of apkallus were buried in boxes as foundationdeposits in Mesopotamian buildings in order to avert evil fromthe house. The term massar, ‘watchers’, is used of these setsof gurines in Akkadian incantations according to ritual texts.This appellation matches the Aramaic term yryn, ‘the wakefulones’, for both good angels and the Watchers.
So the more you look at it, the more significant that gate looks. And the less likely it was put there on Ray Bradbury's suggestion. Unless he too was part of the cult.

Which cult am I referring to here? Well, indulge me for a moment.

Take all the major franchises, minor franchises, movies, cartoons and TV shows (not to mention video games) that center around Ancient Astronaut Theory, then factor the Hollywood & Highland Babylon Gate into the equation. 

Thanks to Reader Brooke

You'll probably see why I strongly suspect there may be a secret cargo cult at the very heart of the entertainment industry. I'm not alone in this. A lot of Christian conspiracy theorists believe AAT is the "Great Deception" the Bible warns of.

I should also remind everyone that AAT made a big, bad splash into the entertainment racket mere weeks after Kenneth Arnold and Roswell, in the form of "Son of the Sun," written by occultist Millen Cooke.

So what you're probably asking yourself is what difference does all this make in the Age of Trump and 'the Resistance' and all the rest of it? Well, Trump will probably be gone soon (my guess at least*) and so too will the endless shitstorm he's kicked up in his wake.  

And all of this Anunaki stuff will still be there, waiting patiently. It's had thousands of years to practice. It's seen quite a few Trumps and 'Resistances' come and go. It all seems to be following a very specific arc and moving towards a very specific destination.


* As I wrote in the FB group, "The Praetorians engineered Trump's election precisely because they planned to remove him. They would have done the same with Hillary but figured Trump was a softer target." History teaches us that's the way Praetorians roll.


  1. I'm currently care taking an aquarium full of angel fish, which nicely combines the winged angels and Dogon fish gods into a single meme. Not to mention the Fisher King. I think we might have a tank of 3 females, and one just spawned, so her new name is Mary. The amusing aspect for me is that a slogan for keeping an aquarium is "Fish TV", and indeed it seems to be true: you can find mythic synchronicity anywhere.

    1. Fish make for wonderful visual props for any living space. And you're right- the symbolic connections are practically endless.

  2. Chris,

    I'm reminded of _Gilgamesh II_, a limited series by Jim Starlin from the late 1980s that presents a version of the AAT as a future scenario.

    1. I don't think I read that one. I didn't care for Starlin's art style when he switched over to inking with marker. Though I was a huge, huge fan of his 70s work, especially Darklon the Mystic.

  3. You bring up the AAT and there's this one country that fits into the whole MSM narrative and this AAT narrative. A place that was far more advanced than the U.S. (40 years ahead of them) for a long time. Then came the Kubrick filmed moon landing and the narrative changed.

    Russia was always on the cutting edge when it came to the supernatural, paranormal, ancient tech/mythology etc...

    It appears what some mystics have said is starting to come to fruition. The thinning of the veil has been underway.

    1. Well, AAT was practically born in Russia, thanks to the work of Alexander Kazantsev, who inspired Von Daniken and Sitchin. He also suggested that the Tunguska event was the result of a crashed UFO.

  4. I find it telling that of all the conspiratorial subjects, AAT more than any other seems to be the most hazardous to the whistle blower's safety. Bill Cooper, Phil Schneider, Danny Casolaro, etc.,ad infinitum. Something there "they" need to stay hidden. A final deception.

    About six years ago myself and my father both heard extremely strange and loud noises eminating from the sky that lasted for an hour and coincided with similar sounds worldwide. I can't help but think it was a test before the show. It had a very distinctive unatural sound and was ominous and dark. I must admit it was a very surreal experience.

    1. Not just AAT but UFOlogy in general. It's why I coined the phrase "died of a severe care of UFOlogy." Otto Binder famously wrote of how dangerous it could be to write seriously about UFOs almost 50 years ago. And it continues to this day. Now ask yourself, if UFOs aren't real and it's all just a bunch of foolishness why have so many researchers died suspiciously or died early?

      A case people may not be familiar with was Zecharia Sitchin's webmaster Erik Poltarak who was murdered on his front porch.

  5. I'd really appreciate if you wrote a little more about Babylonian stuff and their modern connections. Because right now, I just can't get my head around it at all. I was in the British museum a couple of months ago, having a general look around, I went to the Sumerian section, and it sort of blew my mind. I mean, there were those creatures in the photo next to some sort of alien cross between a fishnet and a palm tree, and when I looked for the explanation of what the hell I was looking at, well... there simply was no explanation. The shortest possible mention of where they found the things, that was all. At this point, I'm just puzzled and any pointers of what all this means or is about are gratefully appreciated. I'm rather comfortable with Christian symbols and Greek gods, I'm beginning to wrap my head around the Egyptian gods, but the Babylonians just confuse the hell out of me.

    1. Oh, you have every right to be confused. It's an extremely confusing topic. You had all these different waves of people moving in and out of Mesopotamia adding gods, subtracting them, renaming them and on and on. It's a very tangled and disjointed history. I can't rightly say I understand it myself.

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  7. Great post, Chris. I have always been suspicious of this idea of kingship, especially where it concerns theories of how it originated with its passing from the gods to the demi-gods to humans.

    Like much of our occulted history, we are duped into believing something that is most likely misinterpretation of a process or an idea that we as primitives could not have possibly understood at the time we observed it whatever 'it' really was. Through the ages, this seemingly ingrained notion that there are some who should rightly stand above us and rule over us plays out in many different cultures in many forms. Why should the struts that support Hollywood be any different in this regard?

    Why are the successful players in that kingdom called 'stars'? What is the making of movies by impressing images of light and shadow in succession through time nothing more but the modern version of the epic heroes search for immortality?

    If by being exalted as a 'star' means influx of money and influence which equals power and fame through adulation and worship by audiences and the temples of the theaters attended to by the priests and priestesses called 'fans'--how indeed is this any different than what we already know to be a system of human servitude and bondage?

    Just because it looks like simple idyllic freedom for the masses entertainment doesn't mean its not another name for idol worship and an adherence to human kingship, monarchy, and slavery. Hollywood in this regard resembles just another system of control imposed on those who unknowingly give their consent to those who would rule over them.

    Pick up Neal Gaiman's "American Gods" novel and give it a read sometime, if you haven't already. STARZ is currently running its version of the book as a series. In it, I think its pretty clear how this idea of worship and memory gives life to such notions and collectively creates gods and goddesses of whatever we as humans spend our time kneeling to, both literally and figuratively.

    Is the building of Babylonian architecture within the cities of the plain beneath the sign on the hill really that surprising when you think about it?

    1. All very argued, Bill. For a good chunk of the 20th Century movie stars became our de facto royalty, if not our gods. And all those Freemasons who were so influential in the early days of Tinseltown most certainly knew their symbolism. I haven't seen American Gods yet but I certainly read the book, around the time it came out, actually. Will try to check out the series somewhere online.

  8. Can't wait to see where this is going.

    BTW: I did run across some interesting information when I started looking for connections between the Rockefeller Initiative & Hollywood. Found it here on this researcher's site regarding the Clinton's (& Podesta's) well-known role in disclosure:


    "The Rockefeller Initiative was part of a larger effort inside the Clinton administration to get answers on the extraterrestrial question.

    This is backed up a private conversation that President Clinton had in 2007 with Hollywood producer and writer Paul Davids stating that he is “fascinated” by the subject of UFOs. It is also backed up by an account told by Bill Clinton’s friend Webster Hubbell who wrote in his 1997 book “Friends in High Places” that when Clinton appointed him assistant attorney general he asked him to find out “who killed JFK and are there UFOs.” It appeared that Clinton did not believe the official government versions on either of these subjects, and wanted a second opinion."

    Hmmmm...Hollywood producer & writer Paul Davids:

    Strange days indeed...

    1. Also wanted to mention, Paul Davids's mentor, Forrest J. Ackerman, who is mentioned extensively in that 2nd link, was part of a circle of science fiction writers that back in the 1930s & 40s associated with none other than the (in)famous Jack Parsons:


      "By early 1938 the Group had made their static rocket motor, which originally burned for three seconds, run for over a minute.[51][52] In May that year, Parsons was invited by Forrest J Ackerman to lecture on his rocketry work at Chapter Number 4 of the Los Angeles Science Fiction League (LASFL). Although he never joined the society, he occasionally attended their talks, on one occasion conversing with a teenage Ray Bradbury.[53]"

      But one wonders what else they discussed...

      Also see: Forrest J. Ackerman being interviewed by Kenneth Anger (!)

      So I suppose it might make sense if one were to guess that perhaps, there was an AAT cargo cult/"mythos" of some sort being handed off from occultists surrounding Crowley to science fiction authors & assorted Hollywood bohemians of the 1940s on (when UFOs began to really appear in earnest) to contemporary writers & Hollywood types & of course, certain politicians. Memetic engineering being what it is & all. (Babalon Working = Babylon Gate?)

    2. I've written about the LASFS a few times- I mentioned in Our Gods Wear Spandex. Very interesting story. Let's also not forget the presence of one LRon Hubbard, who created an ancient astronaut religion that I believe is somewhat influential in Hollywood...

    3. True (& I can't believe I forgot about that). But I also forgot that Theosophy was big in early Hollywood:

      So maybe the influence has always been there from the very start?

  9. Bradbury is prolly smiling B I G smiles ar your connexionriffs :3

    Anyhew, aboot Babylon gate: didnt they make idols around which people were supposed to look up to and imitate symbolically? Similar to how Oscar celebrities are Divine Idols of a sort that we follow and imitate etc etc? From nothing comes Divinity artists who build worlds and concepts that the rest of us can live in? Hmm...

  10. Plus hey
    Bradbury was a very important writer. So of course he could convince people to put up that gate

    Hey maybe you could delve into Bradbury's history and find even more connexions occult or synchronistic and write aboot it here

    (it seems that one of the effects UAP has had on you is to get you to write this blog?)

  11. Hi Chris,have you ever read any of the Urantia Papers?There are a 196 of them and they were first published in 1955,which is actually very important, given all this craze over Sumer these days.The Papers are divided into 4 sections and one of the sections is Titled History of Urantia(Earth).My opinion is that Zecharia Sitchin read the Papers and then did 'his thing' with them. I believe you will find Papers 57-80 interesting,take care sir...

  12. Hinduism, and her Vedic predecessors, speak of the Saptarishis, literally Seven Sages, that were (are) mind-born from the Creator, Prajapati. The Saptarishis are responsible for knowledge (divine & mundane), war, arts, fathered the Devas (gods) and Asura (anti-gods/ titans), nature-spirits , Garuda (winged man-bird gods), Naga (Serpent-man gods), all living creatures, etc.

    In some texts, the Saptarishis were saved from the world-destroying Flood by Matsya, the Fish or Man-Fish god-form of Visnu.

    In Hindu astrology, they are associated with the 7 main stars of Ursa Major. Hindu astrology was strongly influenced by Hellenistic astrology, which traces directly back to Babylonian sources.

    The earliest mention of the Saptarishis are in the Rig Veda, which is most accurately dated after the Indo-Iranian separation ca. 2000BC, but arises from an oral tradition that arguably stretches 2 millennia earlier.

    A final bit of nonsense to add, the mythological founder of my family/clan/lineage is Kasyap, traditionally one of the Saptarishis. He's mentioned here in the Athar Veda:

    Undisturbed am I, undisturbed is my soul,
    undisturbed mine eye, undisturbed mine ear,
    undisturbed is mine in-breathing,
    undisturbed mine out-breathing,
    undisturbed my diffusive breath,
    undisturbed the whole of me.

    Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire the primal seed and germ of Spirit,
    O Kama (Desire) dwelling with the lofty Kama, give growth of riches to the sacrificer,
    Prolific, thousand eyed, and undecaying, a horse with seven reins Time bears us onward,
    Sages inspired with holy knowledge mount him, his chariot wheels are all the worlds of creatures.

    Kala [Time] created yonder heaven, and Kala made these realms of earth,
    By Kala, stirred to motion, both what is and what shall be, expand,
    Kala created living things and first of all Prajapati,
    From Kala self-made Kasyap, from Kala Holy Fire was born