Even when I was little I would go and sit with the old folks, because they told the best stories. Gilgamesh is the greatest hero of the ancient world. Stories of Gilgamesh were popular with the ancient Sumerians years ago. They were popular with the ancient Babylonians, too. Cuneiform tablets of the Gilgamesh stories were found in the ruins of Nineveh in the middle of the 19th century.
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It dates back to at least BC. Connected to Sumerian culture Mesopotamia , it is regarded as the oldest known literary work. Enkido begins the story.
He is a wild man from the Steppe. He is happy living among the animals. But he is tempted by sex to the villages Gilgamesh and Enkido clash! But instead of killing Gilgamesh, they become friends. Enkido will pay a heavy price for this. Which brings us to our next But he nearly kills himself over it. Everyone else has already forgotten Enkido, but Gilgamesh stubbornly hangs on But its a cultural death.
Because that part of him It takes up the bulk of the epic and it is a wonderfully clear lament over the loss of someone you truly truly love. The Noah story is the most famous one to mention here. We get away from Noah and animals, and it becomes angrier and sadder. Sumerian Noah has been given the status of a god for his help in providing the loophole needed in order to kill everything.
But this does not fill Sumerian Noah with reverence. Instead it makes him hide away and regret. Christian Noah does become a raging alcoholic, so I do see the parallels emotionally.
Comparing and contrasting these two versions would bring out a wealth of conversation. But before he can use it he decides to take a long bath In Gilgamesh, it explains how snakes can shed their skin.
A quick read that should be savored and discussed, especially if you are religious and love to get closer to your faith through Socratic conversation.
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