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Gods and Humans Your appearance is no different from mine there is nothing strange in you features Gilgamesh 538 In the Epic of Gilgamesh the relationship between humans and gods is not very complicated at all In fact they are similar in appearance and behavior They relay on each other to live their everyday lives and complete tasks The gods share the same kinds of feelings and emotions with the humans They play off of each other to make day-to-day events happen Gods expect human beings to do a few things to please them Humans are expected to obey the gods wishes and do what they ask promptly The gods also expect sacrifices to be made and to be respected Humans expect the gods to look over them and keep them safe In some cases it is not that the humans expect to be safe but guided in some way They see the gods as perfect immortal beings that are all knowing In the story of the flood gods and humans are depicted as very similar They show the same tendencies and display the same behaviors Like humans the gods do make mistakes For example Enlil causes the flood and is criticized by Ea for it Wisest of gods hero Enlil how could you so senselessly bring down the flood Gilgamesh 541 Another example of the similarities between the gods and humans is that they both express fear The humans were fearful when the flood started and the gds were fearful of what they realized they had done Even the gods were terrified at the flood they fled to the highest heaventhey crouched against walls cowering like curs Gilgamesh 540 The Epic of Gilgamesh shows that humans and gods must work together in order for a balance to remain Without this balance both sides would be lost
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