03-28-2012, 05:13 AM
Found this while digging through a text on how Gilgamesh became a God. Notice again the reference to Ganzir as an alternate name for the Underworld.
"It is worth pausing a moment here to review some of the details of Mesopotamian cosmology: the earth, Ki, was separated in primal times from the god of the heavens, An. The earth was visualized as a flat disc surrounded by a ring of ocean, and composed of three levels: the ground itself; the Abzu located directly beneath the ground and thought to be the source of all of its freshwaters; and beneath that, the Netherworld — known variously as ershetu, Irkalla, Arallu, kur, Ganzir, etc. The Netherworld could be accessed by means of a staircase located in the West leading down to the realm ruled over by the goddess Ereshkigal, the mistress of the Great Below and sister of Inanna, the goddess of the planet Venus and mistress of the Great Above. The heavens, too, were regarded as having three levels: the uppermost was known as the Heaven of Anu, the god of the pole star; the next one down was the Middle Heavens, associated with a group of gods known as the Igigi; and finally, the lower heavens, made out of jasper and upon which were inscribed the various constellations. (Wayne Horowitz, 12-14)"
Wondering if this is a major indication of Agartha in some twisted way.