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Kingu, also spelled Qingu, meaning "unskilled laborer," was a god in Babylonian mythology, and — after the murder of his father Apsu — the consort of the goddess Tiamat, his mother, who wanted to establish him as ruler and leader of all gods before she was slain by Marduk. Tiamat gave Kingu the 3 Tablets of Destiny, which he wore as a breastplate and which gave him great power. She placed him as the general of her army. Eventually, he was killed by the god Marduk to prevent his rise and his blood was used to create humankind. With his death, Marduk took the Tablets of Destiny and became ruler of the gods. Kingu's pivotal role is further described in the Babylonian creation myth, Enûma Elish.
In Zechariah Sitchin's von Dänikenite interpretation (pseudoscience) of Sumerian astrology the planet Kingu is our Moon. It was created after planet Nibiru crashed into Tiamat and thus parted it in two halves, of which one became an asteroid belt and the other shaped our planet Earth.
In popular culture, both Polish death metal group Vader and Swedish symphonic metal group Therion have written songs called "Blood of Kingu" referencing the myth that humanity was created from the slain god's blood. There is also a Ukrainian Black Metal band called Blood of Kingu. Furthermore, Swedish black metal band Ofermod has written a song called "Dreaming In The Veins Of Kingu", again in reference to the Babylonian myth.
There was an Australian death metal band called Kingu which formed in 1993 on Queensland's Gold Coast. They recorded one song in November 1994, titled 'Mountains of Mashu' on a compilation album titled 'Propaganda '95'. The band played one live gig in support of the cd release. Line up instability prevented the band continuing.
- The Enuma Elish translated by N. K. Sandars
- Zachariah Sitchin's Website
- A Response to Sitchin
- NASA recent missions backs up Sitchin theory of colliding planets may be right after all