Philadelphia Reunion & Workshop


Gathered in the atrium ballroom of the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel in Philadelphia, with only a high glass ceiling separating them from the skies, a multitude of Sitchinites were transported to ancient Mesopotamia, listening in the darkness to a reading of Enuma Elish – as Sumerians and Babylonians had done on the fourth night of their New Year celebrations.

It was the opening of a weekend-long Reunion & Workshop (June 6 – 8, 2003) that focused on Zecharia Sitchin’s writings in the light of current events.   The War in the Heavens text, when Nibiru/Marduk invaded our solar system to reshape it and create the Earth, introduced readings from other ancient texts that described the Wars of the Gods.   On Saturday AM, Zecharia continued the theme of The Wars of Gods and Men by reviewing the royal annals of Babylonia, Assyria, Egypt and the Hittites, leading to the biblical prophecies and the Dead Sea scrolls concerning the Fate of nations and the Final War.

On Saturday afternoon the Workshop moved to Philadelphia’s grand Public Library, where a general audience joined the Sitchinites to fill to standing-room only the 400-seat auditorium to hear Zecharia’s presentation on Genesis Revisited: Is Modern Science Catching Up With Ancient Knowledge?

At the coveted dinner-banquet that evening, a forthcoming Sitchin Educational Product was presented: A set of playing cards based on The 12th Planet that can be played both as a regular deck of cards and in special ways befitting the Sumerian legacy – or as Trivial Pursuit cards, teaching aspects of the Sumerian era.

At Sunday’s Question & Answers session Zecharia managed to answer only a fraction of the pile of written questions that were submitted.  He announced that the balance of the questions, as well as other questions that he receives from fans, will be answered in a new column on this website, titled: I HAVE A QUESTION…

Erik Poltorak, Zecharia’s webmaster, acted as Masters of Ceremonies.  Marie Sheffield and Douglas Yarbrough were the readers of the ancient texts.

 H. Allans