Four new ZIPANG
storytellers told their stories.
Badia Obaid told the opening episode of
The Epic of Gilgamesh. She described the hero’s
appearance, semi-divine status and significance as the most
famous mythical king of Uruk.
Laura Collins told the story of Etana,
the good man chosen by the gods to be the first king of Kish.
Etana has no son. In his search for the herb of birth he flies
to heaven on the back of an eagle.
Muhamad Tawfiq Ali told The Poor
Citizen of Nippur. When Gimil Ninurta gives a goat to the
Mayor of Nippur he is served only a bone with a bit of gristle
at the Mayor’s feast. Gimil Ninurta gets even with the Mayor by
tricking him not once but three times.
Magali Krakenberger talked about The
Hulupu Tree. The young goddess Inana rescues a tree from the
River Euphrates and plants it in her garden. The young Gilgamesh
undertakes to make her a throne and bed from the tree.