Gilgamesh and Enkidu the Sasquatch

Now, Enkidu strode in front and the woman followed behind.
He entered Uruk, that great market, and all the folk thronged round him,

Gilgamesh
where he stood in the street, in strong-walled Uruk.
The people jostled; speaking of him they said,

"He is the spitting image of Gilgamesh.
He is shorter. He is bigger of bone.

This is the one who was reared on the milk of wild beasts.
His is the greatest strength."

The men rejoiced:
"Now Gilgamesh has met his match. This great-one,

this hero whose beauty is like a god,
he is a match even for Gilgamesh..."

Together Gilgamesh and Enkidu went down into the forest
and they came to the green mountain.

There they stood still, they were struck dumb;
they stood still and gazed at the forest.

Humbaba
They saw the great height of the cedar,
they saw the way into the forest,

they saw the track where the giant Humbaba walked,
the way was broad and the going was good.

They gazed at the mountain of cedars, the dwelling-place
of the gods, and the throne of Ishtar.

The hugeness of the cedar rose in front of the mountain,
its shade was beautiful, and full of comfort;

mountain and glade were green with brushwood...
Gilgamesh and Enkidu felled the giant Humbaba, watcher of the forest...

Now the mountains were moved, and all the hills,
for the guardian of the forest was killed.


before Enlil; they kissed the ground
and dropped the shroud, and set the head before him...

Gilgamesh washed out his long locks, and cleaned his weapons;
he flung back his long hair from his shoulders;

he threw off his stained clothes, and changed them for new.
He put on his royal robes and made them fast...

When the daylight came Enkidu got up and cried to Gilgamesh,
"O my brother, such a dream I had last night,

Counsel
Anu, Enlil, Ea and heavenly Shamash
took counsel together, and Anu said to Enlil,

"Because they have killed the 'Bull' of Heaven,
and because they have killed Humbaba

who guarded the Cedar Mountain,
one of the two must die.

"Then glorious Shamash answered the hero Enlil,
"It was by your command

they killed the Bull of Heaven,
and killed Humbaba,

and now Enkidu must die,
although innocent?"...

Now, "The warriors of strong-walled Uruk,
Where the 'Bull of Heaven' was killed,

Weep for you.
All the people of Eridu

Weep for you,
Enkidu..."

Short Excerpts from 'Epic of Gilgamesh' about 2,700 BC:   Continued in Part 1.   Top Menu



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