Is There a Numerological Message Hidden in the Sumerian Kings List?

July 22nd, 2022

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The comings and goings of spirituality and symbolism ebbs and flows. The symbolism of numbers sways less so, and the meaning of mathematics sways little if at all.

The most outstanding number of all numerology is 108. 108 is an amazing number in its symbolism and outstanding in its mathematics especially when pertaining to the base 10 numerological system.

In my obsession with 108, as I was authoring 108 Steps to Be in The Zone, I learned a Green Tara meditation practice which described a certain quantity of mantra repetitions and I related the number via 108 to find a most beautiful equation, here:

The Divine Power of 108 in Buddhism

Recently the Sumerian Kings List came to my attention in relation to the numerology and metaphysics of 108. I was contemplating the validity of the application of the idea pertaining to the 8 (8 is symbolic for a complete set that is applicable to the infinite, like the 8 trigrams of The I’Ching) Immortal Kings who ruled in 5 (the number of elements in Chinese Taoist dynamic element system) different cities over a long period of time. 8 is in and of itself the number of immortality and the infinite.

One city, Bad-tibara, was home to three of the kings who ruled for a total of 108,000 years. These kings ruled in time periods of 43,200, 28,800 and 36,000 (36 is one-third of 108) years for a total of 108,000 years. The 36,000 and the 108,000 reasoned applying the 108 arithmetic.

The Immortal Kings List

  • After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug.
  • In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years.
  • Alaljar ruled for 36000 years. 2 kings; they ruled for 64800 years.
  • Then Eridug fell and the kingship was taken to Bad-tibira.
  • In Bad-tibira, En-men-lu-ana ruled for 43200 years.
  • En-men-gal-ana ruled for 28800 years. Dumuzid, the shepherd, ruled for 36000 years. 3 kings; they ruled for 108000 years.
  • Then Bad-tibira fell and the kingship was taken to Larag.
  • In Larag, En-sipad-zid-ana ruled for 28800 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 28800 years.
  • Then Larag fell and the kingship was taken to Zimbir.
  • In Zimbir, En-men-dur-ana became king; he ruled for 21000 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 21000 years.
  • Then Zimbir fell and the kingship was taken to Curuppag.
  • 8) In Curuppag, Ubara-Tutu became king; he ruled for 18600 years.
  • 1 king; he ruled for 18600 years.
  • In 5 cities 8 kings; they ruled for 241200 years.
  • Then the flood swept over.

The presentation of The Sumerian Kings reveals time periods of kingship centered in five city-state capitals before the great flood, the same flood that The Biblical stories reference. The Biblical relationships to The 8 Immortal Kings are many, but for now we are just going to focus on the numbers by way of their presentation in 5 sets of 8 kings and the total time spent in the city state.

It is interesting, and suspicious in reference to the random length of life or rule that one would expect, that 28000 is repeated three times and 36000 appears twice. One would expect there to be a more random number set for any length of time, especially over tens of thousands of years. So what were the time periods of the rule of The Eight Immortal Kings communicating?

Application of 108 arithmetic to the numbers makes things become more interesting and really potentially suggestive that there is something being communicated, some riddle being presented that requires deciphering to first perceive it and then further to answer it.

28800 and 36000                 total 64800

28800 Divided By 108 = 266.6666666

28 is the number of days in four weeks, the number of days in human menstrual period and the number of years of The reign of Osiris and near the average number of days in lunar cycle.

36000 Divided By 108 = 333.3333333 36 is the number of ancient constellations and the number of Egyptian decans which divided the sky. It is 18 multiplied by 2.

Total of 64800 Divided By 108 = 600

64 is the number of squares on the chess board, the number of changes in the I’Ching (Book of Changes) and is 8 multiplied by 8.

266.6 + 333.3 = 599.9

43200 and 28800 and 36000               total 108000

43200 Divided By 108 = 400

432 HZ is described as a healing tone, and of course is 108 X 4.

28800 Divided By 108 = 266.6666666
36000 Divided By 108 = 333.3333333

Total of 108000 Divided by 108 = 1000

400 + 266.6 + 333.3 = 999.9

28800 Divided By 108 = 266.6666666 Again we see the 28800. Could this possibly be demonstrating three months?

21,000 Divided By 108 = 194.4444444

18600 Divided By 108 = 172.2222222 18 is a highly auspicious number in many traditions.

Total of last three kings 28800 + 21000 + 18600 = 68400 Divided By 108 = 633.3333333

Total rule of Eight Kings 241,200 Divided By 108 = 2233.3333333

It is important to note that The Sumerians practiced a base 60 mathematical system rather than base 10. With that in mind 60 divided by 108 is .55555555. Now I do not pretend to comprehend what is being communicated here, but it appears to that something is being communicated, so I wanted to share the concept for others to develop on and build off who have more mathematical and historical insight.


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