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In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Bhagavad-Gita the gods play a cent0ral role The Mesopotamians of Gilgamesh see their gods as very human-like creatures often with faults and whims like their own On the other hand the Hindus see more all-powerful heavenly beings free from faults This discrepancy in the perception of gods effects the power of their gods and also the longevity of the religionThe gods in The Epic of Gilgamesh behave like human beings and therefore limit their power Ishtar the goddess of love sees Gilgamesh and falls in love with his beauty and longs for his body 35 This passion and longing for sex is a very human and earthly characteristic Gods of the modern world would never participate in these carnal pleasures Later Ishtar shows even more emotion The king of Uruk has insulted me 37 She takes this feeling of dejection a step further by enacting revenge on Gilgamesh One would think a goddess would be strong enough to do this of her own accord but Ishtar cannot In Mesopotamian mythology no one god is all-powerful Ishtar must ask Anu her father for permission The goddess said to the god her father thus Give me the Bull of Heaven that I may punish Gilgamesh the king 37 Anu replies by saying If I should give the Bull of Heaven to you then there would follow seven years of husks Have you prepared for this 37 Ishtar says she has and the Bull is given to her This conversation is much like the dialog a mortal father and daughter would have The daughter asks for permission The father makes sure she has thought the action through and then consents This is not god-like behavior The fact that Ishtar has to seek permission before acting undermines her powerMore examples of the gods behaving as humans can be found After Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the Bull of Heaven and Huwawa the
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