The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh
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  • There once lived a ruler of a kingdom in Mesopotamia, his name was Gilgamesh. He was very rude to his people.
  • Please help us!
  • His people were scared of him and they had to pray to the sky god, Anu. 
  • Anu decided to answer their prayers and asked the goddess Aruru to make a man who was a strong Gilgamesh. They named him Enkidu.
  • A hunter managed to see Enkidu at a waterhole three days in a row. The hunter was scared and decided to run home to tell his father. His father told him to tell Gilgamesh.
  • Please help me King Gilgamesh! I've spotted a beast-like man in the forest.
  • Use this woman as bait to capture this man.
  • The hunter ran off to tell King Gilgamesh of the man.
  • Now in a different part of the forest...
  • Enkidu fell in love with the woman, Shamhat. Enkidu changed himself so that he was a kind man. Shamhat taught Enkidu how to speak, eat, and dress properly so that Shamhat could take him to meet Gilgamesh.
  • The two met and Gilgamesh disliked the man. He still thought that Enkidu was a beast. The fought each other, equal in strength
  • Finally, King Gilgamesh won and Enkidu accepted that Gilgamesh was better than him and they became best friends.
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