According to the Babylonian creation myth, these ancient Sumerian gods, known as the Annunaki (translating to “those of royal blood” or “offspring of the prince”) created humankind to serve them. (Actually to work in the gold mines.
ancientart: “Genie with a poppy flower. Relief from the Palace of king Sargon II at Dur Sharrukin in Assyria (now Khorsabad in Iraq), BC. Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen.