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In ancient Mesopotamia there was a human of great powers His name was Gilgamesh Gilgamesh is an ancient tale passed down orally from generation to generation in mesopotamia David Ferry writes this version The author reconstructs the epic tale on the ancient Mesopotamian ways of friendship gods and goddesses and immortality The tales follow Gilgamesh on very dangerous journeys across ancient mesopotamia Some symbolic battles are those with Huwawa the demon of the beautiful Cedar forest the bull of heaven which was sent by the goddess Ishtar in disgust and the journey to Utnapishtims enormous compound Through each battle and journey Gilgamish shows unique characteristics of humans and immortals in ancient Misopotamia This particular poem is left open for different interpretation For example the tablets only tell that Gilgamish had died however they never tell the reader how Gilgamesh had died These tales unfold to new adventures and new lesson of life These tales are ancient but still help our learning of friendship the relationship between gods and goddesses and the undefined definition of immortality Gilgamish was the king and the most powerful human in Mesopotamia His oppression towards the humans was irrational Therefore the gods who extremely disliked Gilgamesh for his actions created a human who could perhaps destroy Gilgamesh This humans name is Enkidu He was born to the world as wild as the animals that roamed in the forests A woman named Shamhat had powers that weakened the powers of Enkidu by sexual activity After Enkidu agrees to have sexual intercourse with Shamhat his powers vanish After Enkidu loses his powers Shamhat agrees to show him the city and Gilgamish the only man worthy of his friendship They met when enkidu rejects Gilgameshs tax on newly weds They immediately battle after Enkidu blocks Gilamishs entrance into his kingdom They then become great friends Teamed up they then battle Huwawa the demon of the Cedar Forest Enkidu mentally supports Gilgamesh and through his
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