Gilgamesh: wild youth

 
 

When Gilgamesh, the king, terrifies the people of Uruk, the mother goddess creates Enkidu, a man born in the wild and brought up by animals.

Enkidu is tamed by Shamkat, a woman from the house of Ishtar, goddess of the city of Uruk. He confronts Gilgamesh. They fight and become friends.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu journey to the Cedar Forest guarded for the gods by Humbaba. They kill Humbaba and chop off his head.

Back in Uruk, Gilgamesh insults Ishtar. To punish him she brings down the Bull of Heaven. Every time it snorts a big pit appears and men of Uruk fall into it.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill the Bull of Heaven. They parade through Uruk in triumph. They end the day with a great party at Gilgamesh’s palace.

The partygoers eventually fall asleep in a drunken stupor. Enkidu dreams about the gods. But it’s not a good dream…

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Fran waits for the participants

Searching for story clues

A clue to the Bull of Heaven

The teeth of Ishtar’s lion

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June introducing the story world

Gilgamesh confronts Humbaba

The goddess Ishtar

Tara with her harp sings Inana song