I'm having trouble finding what the first civilization of the Star Wars galaxy.

I don't think that it's the Celestials, because they are more of god-like beings.

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    Alien to who? After all, ET wasn't alien to him/her/its self.
    – Xantec
    Aug 6, 2012 at 19:36
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    Do you mean the first intelligent species? Civilized? Or does "align" specifically mean non-human (assuming the human-looking creatures in the movies are really "human")? Aug 6, 2012 at 19:41
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    And first relative to what? power? age? (civilization age? first to master space fight?)
    – DavRob60
    Aug 6, 2012 at 19:41
  • The Celestials are the architects of the galaxy. They created the design from which everything was created... at least according to the Klikliks
    – Chad
    Aug 9, 2012 at 12:29

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The answer is that it's either Jerrileka who went extinct over a million years BBY, or Celestials (who were known to be active in 1MM BBY period). It's unknown when either of them started, and no mention of more ancient civilizations exist; so neither one can be considered more ancient; it's a tie.

I'm not quite sure what the reason is for dismissing Celestials as an answer is for you?

If it's because you believe them to be in-eligible due to being "too powerful", you have to remember that:

  • The Ones were not the only Celestials. They were merely the (currently) the most powerful

  • The Celestials were a race using technology, not pure in-The-Force godlike beings.

From what I saw in Wookieepedia, there was no earlier sentient race mentioned anywhere.

  • An ancient aquatic civilization thrived on Jerrilek, but subsequently went extinct within the next million years.
  • Centerpoint Station and Sinkhole Station are completed in the Corellian system by Thuruht and other Killik hives under the direction of the Son and Daughter.
  • Centerpoint is used to create the Maw as a prison for Abeloth, with Sinkhole Station maintaining the shell of black holes from within.

The next chronologically would be those races who dealt with Celestials, likely starting with Killiks

A number of species were known to have coexisted with this ancient race as far back as 100,000 BBY. These included the Gree, Kwa, Sharu, Columi, Killiks, Humans and Taung.
Races such as the Columi, Gree, Sharu and Kwa all had contact with the Celestials. (sources: The Essential Atlas, Essential Guide to Warfare)

  • As a side note, I don't think Abeloth is identified as an actual member of any civilization anywhere in canon, therefore no matter how old he/she/it is, it doesn't count Aug 6, 2012 at 20:54
  • I have not found a canon identification of Abeloth's species/civilization, but the implication seems to be humanoid of some form
    – The Fallen
    Aug 6, 2012 at 21:08
  • Also, this answer does not look at any extragalactic civilizations. as they - even had they been earlier - seem out of question's scope Aug 6, 2012 at 21:11
  • Good point. The history of The Yuuzhan Vong points to a civilization thousands of years old, but no indication how many thousands or if they were even the first civilization in their galaxy
    – The Fallen
    Aug 6, 2012 at 21:14
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    That's not the only example of a neat little bow in the Star Wars EU. Catastrophe after catastrophe happens, and people juts move on.
    – The Fallen
    Aug 10, 2012 at 17:00

According to Wookieepedia, The Columi had achieved interstellar travel by 2,000,000 BBY. But they are also listed to do so in 100,000 BBY. Strangely, the source for both dates is Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, a roleplaying game sourcebooks.

  • Some of the RPG materials are no longer canon (or at least N-canon), so you have to be careful with them. +1 for a great find. Aug 8, 2012 at 21:16

So after heavy research and a look at the galactic history timeline on Wookieepedia.

In Canon:

The Whills/The Force Priestesses are birthed by the Wellspring of Life.

Then Father, Son, Daughter, and possibly Abeloth, though she's not considered canon anymore, are born.

Then, according to "Ultimate Star Wars", The Reptillian Elders start to appear on "Ancient" Naboo.


Naboo Elders - Star Wars Wikia

Timeline of Galactic history - Star Wars Wikia

But that's from a source book, and I prefer in universe storytelling, so ONWWARD!

A Millennia Before the Battle of Yavin:

One or more ancestral species unlock the secrets of hyperspace travel and open the galaxy for exploration.

Sources: Tarkin

"Prime Jedi" is born.

"Force-sensitives" gather to form the Jedi Order on Ahch-To.

Sources: Nexus of Power, The Last Jedi, The Last Jedi "Expanded Edition" or unstupidly the novelization, and TLJ comic adaption.

Timeline of Galactic history - Star Wars Wikia

6,000 BBY

The civilization on Bardotta began when the Frangawl Cult reigned over a militant society.

Sources: Nexus of Power, same timeline as before on Wookieepedia

C. 5,000 BBY

The Great Temple is built by the Massassi on Yavin 4

Sources: Journey through Space, Wookieepedia

Journey Through Space - Star Wars Wikia

So sources say the Elders from Naboo, but in-universe material states the Massassi are.


they are the celestials according to my research . some of them were the priests of force and they had spread and shared the tech and methods of force with other non-force sensitive beings and many people think they were the race who used but tech not clear in force . according to george lucas the narrator(the guy who says once upon a time long ago far far away in a galaxy) was r2d2 , he was telling it to invisible beings of force and celestials

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    Can you back this up with some quotes?
    – Adamant
    May 18, 2017 at 4:53

Anzati? Since weren't they around before people started calling the Force the Force which meant they were also around before the Je'daii and Sith (race) even existed. On the Wookieepedia it also states that they were one of the first space faring races.

  • Can you provide some referencing for this answer?
    – Valorum
    Dec 23, 2014 at 11:30

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