September 12, 2012
Epic of Giglamesh Analysis (1299)
The amazing thing about religion is through the thousands of years it has existed; we see hardly any change in its core values and traditions. In the the story the Epic of Giglamesh, we embark on a journey with a hardheaded ruler named Giglamesh. As we follow his voyage, we are introduced to the many traditions and beliefs of his society. There are numerous God’s with different purposes that guide Giglamesh’s path and leave the readers confident that every aspect of his life has direction. We as readers may not be used to some of these religious ideas, but if we read further we may be surprised. The Gods depicted in the Epic of Giglamesh share some of the same prominent and important traits and values as the Christian God and religion worshiped in today’s society.
The god’s in the Epic of Giglamesh and the Christian worshiped God both create companions for their people. In The Epic of Giglamesh, a companion needed to be made for Giglamesh, someone that could equal his own strength and maybe calm him down from being such a power driven ruler. When the Gods saw the problem Giglamesh had become, they begged his creator to give him a companion, an equal, which is where Enkidu came in to play. “You made him, O Aruru, now create his equal; let it be as like him as his own reflection, his second self, stormy heart for stormy heart. Let them contend together and leave Uruk in quiet” (Bedford Anthology 49). When one soul needs another, it is up to the Gods to create that other being. This is just like the worshiped Christian God today who created the companionship between Adam and Eve; one soul needing another soul. It is in the partnerships created by the God’s that fulfill purpose on earth. Enkidu and Giglamesh felt their purpose was to spread their might and power, and gain fame.
While trying to show their strength and power by defeating Humbaba, Giglamesh and Enkidu looked to their...