I, like so many others have pondered the nature of existence and our purpose in the universe. While the most “palatable” answers are often backed by scientific nomenclature and/or mainstream creationist lore, there seems to be an increasing interest in alternative hypotheses regarding our origins. Newer postulations like the Simulation Theory are gaining popularity, but one must ask: If we are living in some kind of hyperrealistic computer program, who are the designers? Are we truly the apex predators modern biological conjecture has made us out to be? What if there once was a species that is scores more intellectually and technologically advanced than we are that has altered our evolutionary trajectory?
Author and engineer Jan Erik Sigdell attempts to answer these questions and more in his book Reign of the Annunaki: The Alien Manipulation of Our Spiritual Destiny.
The book attempts to demystify and strengthen the seemingly tenuous connections between several mystical doctrines and their relationship to the Annunaki through metatextual and speculative analysis. I’ve heard everything from intergalactic slavers that created humans to mine monoatomic gold for their dietary consumption to demons hellbent on undermining the word of Christ while on “the weird side of Youtube”, but I have yet to read a text dedicated solely to their emergence and motivations, nor have I spent too much time researching them in my personal life. Even though my experience with this subject is admittedly limited, a vast majority of this information was fresh for me and it is interesting to see how these creatures could be to alluded to in other cultures.
Sigdell is very generous with his metatextual analysis of other scholars (primarily Zecharia Sitchin, Michael Tellinger, and Anton Parks) as well as numerous religious doctrines (the Enuma Elish, Bible, etc) so this piece will serve as an excellent supplemental read for those who wish to continue researching the Annunaki long after they’ve turned the final page of this book. Unfortunately, this is also it’s achilles heel.
Far too much time is spent critiquing and referencing other works. This at times breaks the flow of the prose and feels unnecessary. While I am fully aware that there is a growing and passionate audience for this kind of stuff, it comes across as far too serious and matter of fact, especially for those like myself who are not very knowledgable about this particular topic, but are interested in learning.
The book is at it’s best in my opinion during the last two chapters where he touches on if these beings could still be among us and who benefits from their existence if this is indeed the case. Could something like this be hidden in plain sight? I won’t spoil his conclusion, but he does attempt to bolster his claims and this section feels more personal than the earlier passages.
As a nexus for cross-referencing or as an introduction to the Annunaki, I doubt it gets much better or succinct than this (using the literary medium anyway), but be prepared to seek out other resources if you truly want to delve into the nature of this subject. While I appreciated how brisk this title is, it’s leanness can be a deterrent for those who are well versed in the subject or in search of something with a bit more heft. The somewhat unnecessary dissections of other scholars can be seen as a distraction or attempt to pad the length of this one. It is also worth noting that Sigdell is a proponent of Christianity (particularly Gnosticism) so those looking for a more objective read, may be dissatisfied with it’s conclusion.