Babylonian Myth

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  • Gilgamesh met the old man Utnapishtim, who had become a God by virtue of his goodness for saving all of humankind and animals from the great flood. Utnapishtim related his story to Gilgamesh.
  • The gods came to Utnapishtim to warn him of the coming of a horrible flood. They told him to immadiately begin building an enormous ship.
  • He was to take one animal of every kind, both male and female, as well as his family, provisions, gold, silver, and other fineries
  • After he completed the ship, it began to rain in torrents.
  • The flood was so terrible that even the gods were frightened. Ea, the god of the waters who started the flood, realized it was much worse than planned. Ishtar, the goddess of beauty, whose misdeeds had caused the flood, was upset to see her children die
  • After six days and six nights, the weather finally calmed. However, the Earth had been flattened and all living creatures destroyed. Utnapishtim bowed his head and wept
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