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Upon his arrival in Uruk following the defeat of Humbaba the maids of Uruk shout out to Gilgamesh Gilgamesh is the most glorious among heroes Gilgamesh is the most eminent among men It is women who give this wonderful praise to Gilgamesh it is women who inflate his ego Although women are not prominently featured in s The Epic of Gilgamesh inferences surrounding the role of women in ancient Mesopotamia can be made from the characters Ninsun Ishtar and the Harlot These women are always sure to pump up the egos of the men they encounter and they never short a man of his lesson Despite her place in society each woman embodies a certain creativity and power untouched by the men they come across The Harlot mentioned at in the beginning of the Gilgamesh Epic is a representation of how women were used as instruments in ancient Mesopotamian society The Harlot was a hierodule or priestess a hierarchic class of the population whom lived in temples dedicated to the goddess Ishtar The Harlot is mentioned very briefly in the Gilgamesh Epic Despite never being given a name or even a personal quality she dramatically impacts the life of Enkindu The Harlots task is to lure Enkindu away from his total submersion in the animal world For six days and seven nights the Harlot treats Enkindu to a sexual adventure Following this adventure Enkindu is denied by the animals and forced to return to the Harlot It is not until he is abandoned by the animals that the Harlot is able to enlighten the savage and bring him to an understanding The Harlot uses her creativity to convey her purpose to Enkindu Because Enkindu is interested the Harlot is able to open up something new to him The Harlot is ingenious when convincing Enkindu to go to Uruk Feeling abandoned and incomplete now
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