Gilgamesh delivers a lamentation for Enkidu, in which he calls upon mountains, forests, fields, rivers, wild animals, and all of Uruk to mourn for his friend. Recalling their adventures together, Gilgamesh tears at his hair and clothes in grief. He commissions a funerary statue, and provides grave gifts from his treasury to ensure that Enkidu has a favourable reception in the realm of the dead. A great banquet is held where the treasures are offered to the gods of the Netherworld. Just before a break in the text there is a suggestion that a river is being dammed, indicating a burial in a river bed, as in the corresponding Sumerian poem, The Death of Gilgamesh.
Very nice article, although it should be noted that the Jacobsen 1949 translation of Siduri's Advice is far more popular:
"Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering? Life, which you look for, you will never find. For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and life withheld in their own hands. Gilgamesh, fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let days be full of joy, dance and make music day and night. And wear fresh clothes. And wash your head and bathe. Look at the child that is holding your hand, and let your wife del... Read more →
Read the epic of Gilgamesh and Mesopotamian stories of the flood, creation, and others. Only recently found – 1800′s and recently understood. Read Tablet X of the Epic of Gilgamesh and then compare to ECCLESIASTES 9:7-9. Herbews took the stories of the Babylonians while in captivity. They copied their stories (see and used them for their own. Christians then did the same. THIS HAS BEEN SHOWN BY SCHOLARS AND EVIDENCE FROM ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDINGS. It is one big lie that we live. We must go back to our roots and reestablish the truth, justice, moderation, and equality. Learn Ancient Greek and read pre-christian works and you will see the truth. Herakles, Dionysus, etc… were humans but seen as gods which were born of a human mother but had a god as their father. Jesus is the same story told over again and again. Put the stories you have learned in the context of history not the year 2010. Herakles raised people form the dead, performed miracles, etc. Dionysus was denied by others that he was a god. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Ancient sources were destroyed by Christians because they did not want you to know the truth. Voltaire was on the right track about religion but didn’t know about DNA or the Epic of Gilgamesh. From this we can deduce that we have the story wrong. Christians kill, Hebrews have stolen a land from others based on false pretenses and lies. The tradition now continues in Islam which suppresses women and cultures. The question is what do we do about it? People live with morals and values that are not based on religion everyday. The Ancients did the same. Why can’t we. One people, one moral code, one life. Enough is enough with war and death. Particular providence makes more sense. We are all the same. We are human beings. Know your past.