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Colonization

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  • Examples of how ‘the white man’ colonized Australia, America and Indonesia
  • Plot the same situation of the Anunnaki when they came in contact with the living on earth.
  • Find similarities to better understand how the situation was back then.

Types of People Sent to Colonize

Explorers and Conquistadors
Initially, explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Hernán Cortés were among the first to establish European presence. Their primary aim was exploration, but they often claimed lands for their sponsoring nations.

Settlers and Colonists
These were people, often from lower socio-economic backgrounds, seeking new opportunities. They included farmers, laborers, and families looking to establish new lives.

Convicts
Particularly in the case of Australia, convicts were sent to penal colonies. This was a way for Britain to reduce prison overcrowding and establish a foothold in the region.

Traders and Merchants
The Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company are examples of trading entities that played significant roles in colonization, especially in Asia.

Missionaries
Many European missionaries traveled to these lands with the intent of spreading Christianity.

Administrators and Soldiers
To maintain control, European powers sent administrators to govern the colonies and soldiers to enforce their rules.

Impact on Indigenous Peoples

Cultural Disruption
Colonization often led to the suppression of indigenous cultures, languages, and religions.

Disease and Population Decline
European settlers brought diseases like smallpox, against which indigenous populations had no immunity, leading to massive population declines.

Land Seizure and Displacement
Indigenous peoples were frequently displaced from their ancestral lands, leading to loss of livelihood and cultural disconnection.

Economic Exploitation
Colonizers often exploited the natural resources of these lands, with little benefit to the native populations.

Social and Racial Hierarchies
Colonization introduced new social structures and racial hierarchies, often marginalizing the indigenous people.

Examples of Colonizers

Negative Impact:

Hernán Cortés in Mexico
His conquest of the Aztec Empire led to significant destruction and subjugation of the local population.

King Leopold II of Belgium in the Congo
His rule in the Congo Free State was marked by extreme brutality and exploitation.

Positive Contributions:

Bartolomé de las Casas
A Spanish missionary who advocated for the rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas and criticized the abuses of the encomienda system.

Captain James Cook
While Cook’s explorations led to British colonization, he is often noted for his relatively respectful interactions with indigenous peoples compared to other colonizers.

Anunnaki colonizing Earth (Tiamat)

The Anunnaki are a group of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures, particularly in Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian mythology. They are often associated with various aspects of life and nature. To draw a comparison between the roles and characteristics of the Anunnaki and the diverse group of people involved in European colonization, we can look at symbolic parallels:

Scientists and Naturalists like Charles Darwin might be likened to Ninshubur, a deity associated with the natural world, or Enki/Ea, a god of wisdom, intelligence, and the creator of mankind, known for his knowledge of all things.

Artisans and Craftsmen could be compared to Kothar-wa-Khasis, though not an Anunnaki but a Canaanite deity of craftsmanship, similar in characteristics to the Greek god Hephaestus.

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners might parallel Enlil, the god of air, wind, and leaders. Enlil plays a key role in Sumerian mythology as a king of the gods and a decision-maker for their world, much like entrepreneurs and business owners who made critical decisions impacting the colonies.

Government Officials could be seen in the light of Anu (An), the supreme deity who represents authority and kingship, overseeing and administering the larger cosmic order.

Families and Women, integral to the social fabric of colonies, might find a parallel in Ninhursag, a mother goddess and the deity of fertility and the earth, reflecting the nurturing and sustaining roles of families.

Slaves and Indentured Servants could be symbolically linked to Geshtinanna, a goddess of agriculture, representing the toil and labor in fields, similar to the physical labor endured by slaves and indentured servants.

Adventurers and Fortune Seekers might be compared to Gilgamesh, a legendary king of Uruk and a major figure in ancient Mesopotamian mythology known for his epic adventures.

Diplomats and Negotiators could be seen in the light of Marduk, a deity known for his ability to create order from chaos, often through negotiation and wisdom, similar to the role of diplomats.

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