Gilgamesh and the Wild Man Eabani/Enkidu

The Giant King Gilgamesh and the Wild Man Eabani, the Anunnaki also play a prominent role in the Epic of Gilgamesh which is looked at in detail using information from Professor A.H.Sayce and Lewis Spence and my very own all-seeing eye sight. The Gilgamesh epic, the ancient mythological poem of Babylonia, which originally belong to the older epoch’ of Babylonian mythology, the Gilgamesh epic ranks with the Babylonian myth of creation as one of the greatest literary productions of ancient Babylonia. The epic, which centres round the ancient city of Erech, relates the adventures of a half-human, half divine hero, Gilgamesh by name, who is king over Erech/Uruk. Two other characters figure prominently in the narrative as mentioned Eabani, who evidently typifies primitive man, and Ut-Napishtim, the hero of the Babylonian deluge myth. Each of the three would seem to have been originally the hero of a separate group of traditions which in time became incorporated, more or less naturally, with the other two. The first and most important of the trio, the hero Gilgamesh, may have been at one time a real person, though nothing is known of him historically. Possibly the exploits of some ancient king of Erech/Uruk have furnished a basis for the narrative. His name (for a time provisionally read Gisdhubar, or Izdubar, but now known to have been pronounced Gilgamesh, suggests that he was not Babylonian but Elamite or Kassite in origin, and from indications furnished by the poem itself we learn that he conquered Erech/Uruk. Although the myth focuses on Gilgamesh and Eabani, the Anunnaki are contained within the myth itself, Ishtar, Anu and the Great Bull of Heaven…and of course Ishtar’s dark side is the brightest.

Information: Professor A.H.Sayce

Lewis Spence

A.Christie (Mythology Seven Documentaries) & Ancient Mystery

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