Accompanying the pair were 50 young men from the city. During the journey to the Cedar Forest, Gilgamesh went up on a mountain, and made a flour offering there, after which he received a dream.
It originated as a series of Sumerian legends and poems in cuneiform script dating back to the early 3rd or late 2nd millenium BCE, which were later gathered into a longer Akkadian poem the most complete version existing today, preserved on 12 clay tablets, dates from the 12th to 10th Century BCE.
It also includes the story of a great flood very similar to the story of Noah in "The Bible" and elsewhere. Synopsis Back to Top of Page The story begins with the introduction of Gilgameshking of Uruk, two-thirds god and one-third human, blessed by the gods with strength, courage and beauty, and the strongest and greatest king who ever existed.
The great city of Uruk is also praised for its glory and its strong brick walls.
However, the people of Uruk are not happy, and complain that Gilgamesh is too harsh and abuses his power by sleeping with their women. The goddess of creation, Aruru, creates a mighty wild-man named Enkidua rival in strength to Gilgamesh.
He lives a natural life with the wild animals, but he soon starts bothering the shepherds and trappers of the area and jostles the animals at the watering hole. At the request of a trapper, Gilgamesh sends a temple prostitute, Shamhat, to seduce and tame Enkidu and, after six days and seven nights with the harlot, he is no longer just a wild beast who lives with animals.
He soon learns the ways of men and is shunned by the animals he used to live with, and the harlot eventually persuades him to come to live in the city. Meanwhile, Gilgamesh has some strange dreams, which his mother, Ninsun, explains as an indication that a mighty friend will come to him.
The newly-civilized Enkidu leaves the wilderness with his consort for the city of Uruk, where he learns to help the local shepherds and trappers in their work.
One day, when Gilgamesh himself comes to a wedding party to sleep with the bride, as is his custom, he finds his way blocked by the mighty Enkiduwho opposes Gilgamesh 's ego, his treatment of women and the defamation of the sacred bonds of marriage. Enkidu and Gilgamesh fight each other and, after a mighty battle, Gilgamesh defeats Enkidubut breaks off from the fight and spares his life.
He also begins to heed what Enkidu has said, and to learn the virtues of mercy and humility, along with courage and nobility. Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are transformed for the better through their new-found friendship and have many lessons to learn from each other.
In time, they begin to see each other as brothers and become inseparable.
Years later, bored with the peaceful life in Uruk and wanting to make an everlasting name for himself, Gilgamesh proposes to travel to the sacred Cedar Forest to cut some great trees and kill the guardian, the demon Humbaba.
Enkidu objects to the plan as the Cedar Forest is the sacred realm of the gods and not meant for mortals, but neither Enkidu not the council of elders of Uruk can convince Gilgamesh not to go.
She also gives Enkidu some advice and adopts him as her second son. On the way to the Cedar Forest, Gilgamesh has some bad dreams, but each time Enkidu manages to explain away the dreams as good omens, and he encourages and urges Gilgamesh on when he becomes afraid again on reaching the forest.
Finally, the two heroes confront Humbaba, the demon-ogre guardian of the sacred trees, and a great battle commences. Gilgamesh offers the monster his own sisters as wives and concubines in order to distract it into giving away his seven layers of armour, and finally, with the help of the winds sent by the sun-god Shamash, Humbaba is defeated.
Humbaba then curses them both, and Gilgamesh finally puts an end to it. The two heroes cut down a huge cedar tree, and Enkidu uses it to make a massive door for the gods, which he floats down the river. Some time later, the goddess Ishtar goddess of love and war, and daughter of the sky-god Anu makes sexual advances to Gilgameshbut he rejects her, because of her mistreatment of her previous lovers.One of the most cited sources for ancient astronaut theorists, the EPIC OF GILGAMESH began as a series of unconnected Sumerian stories around BCE before being combined into the oldest written epic by Akkadian scholars around BCE.
The version we have today was edited by Sin-liqe-unninni around BCE. This interleaving is shown elsewhere in this web site in color-coded text.. The story is a legend with spiritual significance. However there was no actual worldwide flood. The story is a myth, derived largely from the earlier Babylonian account.
Gilgamesh is the main character and hero of the Ancient Babylonian epic poem, 'Gilgamesh.' The poem was written by a priest named Sin-leqi-unninni on clay tablets in cuneiform, a wedge-shaped script.
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