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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Michael Nunez

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh King Of Uruk 4000 B.C.E "Gilgamesh: The Hero of the Epic; son of the goddess Ninsun and of a priest of Kullab, fifth king of Uruk after the flood. Famous as a great builder and as a judge of the dead. A cycle of epic poems has collected round his name." (The Epic of Gilgamesh pg.26)
He was created by gods.
gods created him perfect and gave him a perfect body.
Shamash the glorious sun endowed him with beauty.
Adad the god of the storm endowed him with courage.
The gods gave him a strong personality. -people were afraid of him and no one dare to challenge him.
gods made him two thirds god and one third human. Making him one of the earliest superhuman ever existed. Gilgamesh was known for building the great walls of his kingdom.
4000 years ago His kingdom's walls were higher and stronger than any other kingdom's in Mesopotamia. As well his Buildings surpassed architectural forms that no other kingdom had. Enkidu vs. Gilgamesh Upon Enkidu's arrival into the city of Erach. Enkidu finds king Gilgamesh attending a wedding. Gilgamesh thought since he was the king, he had the the right to be with a woman before marriage. Enkidu didn't agreed with Gilgamesh so he challenged him to a strength battle. If Enkidu wins, Gilgamesh would have to give up his rights.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu fought for one day and one night.

At the end of the battle Gilgamesh became victorious. Showing Enkidu that no one is able to surpass his superhuman strength.

Upon Enkidu's defeat, king Gilgamesh however makes a wise decision by honoring Enkidu's wishes. After a few years Enkidu & Gilgamesh got bored of not doing anything, so Gilgamesh planned an adventure.

He proposed to go hunt the evil Humbaba.

Enkidu at first was opposed to all his plans.

Then after thinking about it, Enkidu accepted Gilgamesh challenging adventure. Both Gilgamesh & Enkidu travel to the forest in which the evil Humbaba lived.

They Planned to Hunt him down and destroy his forest.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu had each others back. In their journey thorough the desert Sahash, on their way to find the evil Humbaba.

Gilgamesh had two random dreams about his friend Enkidu in two different nights. In his first dream Gilgamesh sees his friend Enkidu laying down still on bed.

Enkidu explains to Gilgamesh about the dreams his been having. He says that they should be victorious on their coming battle.

On the second dream Gilgamesh had, he sees a giant monster whose flesh was made of stone. The stone man had his huge fist rapped around Gameness's body.

Enkidu again explains to Gilgamesh that his dream meant something good will happen. Enkidu says to Gilgamesh that his legacy would be lifted into the heavens. Cedar Forest Gilgamesh and Enkidu arrive to Cedar Forest and started chopping down trees.

Humbaba whom was half demon half ogre appeared and started attacking the king

After defeating the monster, Enkidu & Gilgamesh started chopping down one of the biggest & finest trees from the forest and made a gate out of it.

Then they floated back to his kingdom through the Euphrates river. Humbaba After Gilgamesh and Enkidu return to Uruk, Enkidu becomes sick and begins to have dreams about the Humbaba in the house of dust.

After twelve long days of suffering Enkidu dies. Man-Scorpion, guardian, with a similar female monster of the mountain into which the sun descends at the night fall. Shown on ceiling and Ivory in ways as a figure of the upper body human and the lower part ending end it's scorpion mil. Urshanbi Man-Scorpion After Enkidu's death Gilgamesh hears about an acient being who had discovered Immortality. This being had survived the great flood and was still alive someplace, his name was Ziusudra. Gilgamesh decides to look for him. His first destination was mount Mashu which guides the rising and setting of the sun. He then encounters the Man-Scorpion who were guarding the entrance of the land of the gods. They led him go through a dark tunnel, a place in which no human had ever set foot on. Gilgamesh walked long distances before reaching the end of the tunnel. As Gilgamesh exits the dark tunnel, he sees two stone creatures sleeping in the shore. Gilgamesh had to defeat the stone creatures in order to get into the boat which will take him to his final destination. After defeating the stone creatures, Gilgamesh then sees an old man who introduces himself as Urshanabi. The Urshanabi also known as the boat men were the only creatures who were able to cross over the long body of water. Old Babylonia Sursunabu; the boatman of Utnapishtim who ferries daily across the waters of death which divides the garden of the sun from the paradise where Utnapishtim lives for ever (the Sumerian Dilmun.) By accepting Gilgamesh as a passenger he forfeits this, and accompanies Gilgamesh back to Uruk instead. Enkidu Enkidu was a wild man who runs with the animals.
He grew up in the forest and was molded by Aruru, goddess of creation.
He was molded out of clay is the image and of the essence of Anu, the sky-god, and of Ninurta the war-god
Enkidu as well was one of the closest companion of Gilgamesh. They both fought and had many adventures together.
Enkidu was later considered a patron or god of anima b and may have been a hero of another cycle. Gilgamesh finally arrives to the land of the ancient one. The ancient one challenges Gilgamesh in exchange of eternal life he must stay awake for six days and seven nights. Gilgamesh falls to the ground right after the ancient one finished talking. The ancient one to prove his challenge, tells his wife to bake loaves of bread every day the king sleeps. As timed passed Gilgamesh wakes up and denies sleeping to the ancient one. Then the ancient one shows him the loaves of bread laid up before him for every day he had slept. The ancient one was right, Gilgamesh never won the challenge so he begged him for a second chance. The ancient one saw Gilgamesh distraught so he tells him of an ancient plant hidden at the bottom of the ocean that will restore Gilgamesh youth. Back Gilgamesh travels across the waters of death, thought paradise and to the land of night. Upon his arrival Gilgamesh tides up stones to his feet and submerges into the bottom of the sea. Hours latter Gilgamesh up merges into the land and collapses on shore. He falls into a big sleep again and leaves the plant unguarded. A snake passes by and eats the plant. The plant revitalizes the snake by making it shed its own skin. When the king wakes up he sees the snake reborn and knows that every hope is lost. Gilgamesh then travels back into his city of Uruk. He feels the road is eternal and harsh upon his feet. Along the distance Gilgamesh perceives the great walls of his kingdom and right beneath it, falls to his knees . He then raises his hands up into sky and praises the walls of Uruk. "For is it not mans faith to live forever but for his creation to carry on his name into generation to come." (Gilgamesh) The End Work Cited http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEeW1tx5QrQ http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gilgamesh/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_Gilgamesh http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/ http://www.aina.org/books/eog/eog.pdf http://eawc.evansville.edu/essays/brown.htm http://www.learner.org/courses/worldlit/gilgamesh/ http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/eog/index.htm
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