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  • King Gilgamesh
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  • King Gilgamesh was a strict ruler and his kingdom feared him.
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  • out of fear his people prayed to the the sky god Anu for help answering there prayers Anu made a beast like man just as strong as King Gilgamesh
  • Anu named this beast like man Enkidu and let him run wild in the forest. Later on Enkidu was eventually spotted by a hunter in the woods he was so scared of Enkidu and ran back home to tell the King. When King Gilgamesh heard he was determined to find this man. So he sent out this beautiful lady named Shamhat to use as bait. when Enkidu saw the woman Shamhat he immediately fell in love with her when the animals felt this they didn't let him run wild with them anymore.
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  • So Shamhat taught Enkidu how to eat, dress, and speak properly and took him to meet the King. Enkidu and Gilgamesh did not like each other at all Gilgamesh still thought of Enkidu as a beast. So they both fought each other, both in equalstrength but Gilgamesh finally won Enkidu accepted him as better and became good friends.
  •  As friends they both loved adventure. one day they decided to go to the cedar forest and kill the demon Humbaba. After reaching the forest they spotted the demon, who they challenged to a fight Humbaba almost won but Gilgamesh prayed to the sun god who helped them kill the demon. Afterward they cut down the forest and made a raft out of the trees and sailed back home. The pair received a hero welcome. The goddess of love, Isthar saw how handsome Gilgamesh was and wanted to be his wife but Gilgamesh refused and teased her. this angered Isthar who used the bull of heaven to try to destroy Gilgamesh and his kingdom. But once again Gilgamesh and Enkidu once again teamed up and killed the bull. After this Enkidu got sick, it was a punishment from the gods for killing the bull of heaven.
  • Since Gilgamesh was part god, they forgave him, but Enkidu was told he must die for insulting the gods. Enkidu thought this was most unfair, so he cursed his fate, he cursed the hunter who found him, he cursed Shamhat for falling in love with her. the sun god came down and had a chat with him an made him realize that he had a good life even though it was short and he soon died Gilgamesh was very sad and for a long time he could do nothing at all. He realized that he would soon die and started searching for a way to be immortal. Gilgamesh found this couple who was immortal and they told him he could be immortal to if he found the secret plant at the bottom of the ocean. So King Gilgamesh tied stones to his feet and sank to the bottom of the ocean and found the secret plant and saved until he was almost home, but not until it was stolen by a snake. Gilgamesh was sad and soon realized searching for eternal life was useless and that he could  become immortal if he left behind a great civilization (which he did)
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