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old lands. Herein find curses and prayers
whispered to ancient gods hidden in rocks and
trees and air. Herein find TOUR DATES, and
SUNDRY OTHER HANDSOME FAMILY EPHEMERA ….
THE ANCIENT STORY OF GILGAMESH….
Enkidu was happy running with
herds of wild antelope and eating
grass until he was lured into the
human world by a temple prostitute
Shamhat. Poor Enkidu! Soon after
becoming human he is marked for
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curse you!” Enkidu says to
Shamhat, “I curse you with the
ultimate curse. May it seize you
instantly as it leaves my mouth….
May your man beat you like a
housewife beats a rug! May you
never acquire shining silver or
delightful alabaster! May your
roof keep leaking! May wild dogs
camp in your bedroom! May owls
nest in your attic! May drunkards
vomit all over you! May a tavern
wall be your place of business!
May you be dressed in torn robes
and filthy underwear! May thorns
and briars make your feet bloody!
...May all this be your reward for
seducing me in the forest!”
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The sun-god Shamash
reminds Enkidu that becoming human wasn’t
all bad… “Wasn’t it Shamhat who gave you
beer fit for a king and splendid Gilgamesh
as your friend? Gilgamesh will lay you
down on a bed of honor when you are dead
and he will roam the wilderness with
matted hair in a lion’s skin.”
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Enkidu apologizes to Shamhat
and now wishes good things for
her... "Two miles away from you
may your lover tremble with
excitement. One mile away may he
bite his lip in anticipation...May
Ishtar bring you generous lovers
whose treasure chests brim with
jewels and gold! May the mother of
seven children be abandoned for
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Enkidu's death Gilgamesh cried through the
long night for his lost friend. "Oh,
Enkidu, may the paths that led you through
the cedar forest mourn you constantly day
and night. May the hills mourn you and the
mountains we climbed. May the pastures
mourn you as their own son. May the forest
we slashed in our fury mourn you. May the
bear mourn you, the panther, the hyena,
the jackal, the lion, the gazelle. May the
rivers mourn you. May temple priests mourn
you by loosening their hair... I will
mourn as long as I breath. I will sob for
him like a woman who has lost her only
child. Oh, Enkidu you were the axe at my
side, the knife in my sheath, the
wide belt around my loins. You were my
glorious robe! Beloved friend, swift
stallion, wild deer, leopard ranging in
the wilderness, together we slaughtered
the bull of heaven. Oh Enkidu what is this
sleep that has silenced you?
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touched Enkidu's heart but it did not
beat. He veiled Enkidu's face like a
brides and circled him like an eagle. He
paced back and forth like a lioness whose
cubs are trapped in a pit. He tore out
clumps of his hair and tore off his
magnificent robe as if it were cursed.
After the funeral Gilgamesh went out into
the wilderness with matted hair in a lion
skin. Bitterly he wept through the
wilderness. How can I bear this sorrow?
From Stephen Mitchell’s 2004
translation of the "Epic of
Gilgamesh”—an ancient Mesopotamian
poem written on stone tablets. It is one
of the oldest pieces of surviving
literature (c. 1800 BC)
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