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| 3rd October 2009
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
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
Click thumbnails to view photos:
Fran waits for the
Searching for story clues
A clue to the Bull of Heaven
The teeth of Ishtar’s lion
June introducing the story world
Gilgamesh confronts Humbaba
The goddess Ishtar
Tara with her harp sings Inana song
Photos Liqaa Yousef
Last updated 19/10/2009