The Sumerians considered all humans workers for the Gods and made no moral objections as to their place in the cosmic order of things. Most recognized religious text originating in the middle east recount the name of the first man as being “Adam“. In Sumerian, Adam means “worker”.
The Annunaki worked the mines
For untold thousands 0f years and the Gods that brought them here never realized that the work of the Annunaki was too hard. It wasn’t until the Annunaki rebelled that the Gods were forced to act. The “Gods”, wanting to appease the Annunaki and quell their rebellion, eventually agreed to replace them in the mines.
He [Enki] trod the clay in her presence; She kept reciting an incantation, For Enki, staying in her presence, made her recite it.
When she had finished her incantation, She pinched off fourteen pieces of clay, And set seven pieces on the right, Seven on the left. Between them she put down a mud brick.
— Dalley 14-16: Atrahasis
Enki appeases the Annunaki
Anu had appointed Enki to lead the command crew. Enki assigned the search to find a suitable replacement for the Annunaki to Belit-ili. She found a way, but there was a catch. It required the sacrifice of one of the Annunaki as part of the solution. They must choose one of their own and sacrifice him, in order to make the “worker“. For only by mixing a god’s flesh and blood (Annunaki DNA) with clay could “Adamu” be created.