Date: 2017-09-05 11:36
Even the Australian Aborigines have legends of a massive flood, as do people living in the deep jungles near the Amazon River in South America. Dr Alexandra Aikhenvald, a world expert on the languages of that region, said:
After one fight, this nemesis Enkidu became best friends with Gilgamesh. The two set off to win fame by going on many dangerous adventures in which Enkidu is eventually killed. Gilgamesh then determines to find immortality since he now fears death. It is upon this search that he meets Utnapishtim, the character most like the Biblical Noah. 65
Together they went down into the forest and they came to the green mountain. There they stood still, they were struck dumb they stood still and gazed at the forest. They saw the height of the cedar, they saw the way into the forest and the track where Humbaba was used to walk. The way was broad and the going was good. They gazed at the mountain of cedars, the dwelling-place of the gods and the throne of Ishtar. The hugeness of the cedar rose in front of the mountain, its shade was beautiful, full of comfort mountain and glade were green with brushwood:
The Epic of Gilgamesh begins with a brief account of Gilgamesh's ancestry, his youth, and his accomplishments as king. Although acknowledged to be a wise man and a courageous warrior, Gilgamesh is criticized as a tyrant who mistreats the people of Uruk. The nobles of the city complain bitterly of Gilgamesh's behavior. Their complaints attract the attention of the gods, who decide to do something about it.
Gilgamesh said, 'Mother, I dreamed a second dream. In the streets of strong-walled Uruk there lay an axe the shape of it was strange and the people thronged round. I saw it and was glad. I bent down, deeply drawn towards it I loved it like a woman and wore it at my side.' Ninsun answered, 'That axe, which you saw, which drew you so powerfully like love of a woman, that is the comrade whom I give you, and he will come in his strength like one of the host of heaven. He is the brave companion who rescues his friend in necessity.' Gilgamesh said to his mother, 'A friend, a counsellor has come to me from Enlil, and now I shall befriend and counsel him.' So Gilgamesh told his dreams and the harlot retold them to Enkidu.
During the fight, Humbaba does all he can to talk Gilgamesh and Enkidu out of killing him. Eventually, Gilgamesh slays him. Afterward, they cut of Humbaba’s head and return to Uruk triumphantly. During the celebration, the goddess Ishtar asks Gilgamesh to make her his wife. When he refuses, Ishtar brings the Bull of Heaven to Uruk to kill Gilgamesh. However, with Enkidu’s help, Gilgamesh slays the bull.
One day, Enkidu meets a man who is planning to attend a wedding in Uruk. The man tells Enkidu about the ritual of first night in which Gilgamesh has the right to lie down with the bride before her new husband. Enkidu finds this repulsive and goes to the bride's home to protect her from Gilgamesh. When Gilgamesh arrives, there is a violent fight. Gilgamesh wins, but Enkidu so respects his fighting skills that he quickly becomes his friend.
Images of doorways, portals, and gateways constantly recur in Gilgamesh. Enkidu blocks the doorway of the bride&rsquo s chamber and wrestles with Gilgamesh. Enkidu and Gilgamesh stand awestruck and terrified before the gates to the Cedar Forest. After their triumph there, they fashion the tallest tree into a gate for Uruk. The Scorpions guard the gates of Mashu. Siduri the barmaid locks the door to her tavern. The hatchway of Utnapishtim&rsquo s boat is caulked shut. In most cases, doorways mark a transition from one level of consciousness to another. They also represent choices, since characters can either shut themselves behind doorways to seek safety or boldly venture through them.
Gilgamesh, the son of Ninsun, lies in the tomb. At the place of offerings he weighed the bread-offering, at the place of libation he poured out the wine. In those days the lord Gilgamesh departed, the son of Ninsun, the kung, peerless, without an equal among men, who did not neglect Enlil his master. O Gilgamesh, lord of Kullab, great is thy praise.
The whole Gilgamesh-derivation theory is based on the discredited Documentary Hypothesis. 9 This assumes that the Pentateuch was compiled by priests during the Babylonian Exile in the 6 th century BC. But the internal evidence shows no sign of this, and every sign of being written for people who had just come out of Egypt. The Eurocentric inventors of the Documentary Hypothesis, such as Julius Wellhausen, thought that writing hadn&rsquo t been invented by Moses&rsquo time. But many archaeological discoveries of ancient writing show that this is ludicrous.