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La Epopeya de Gilgamesh y la búsqueda de la inmortalidad

Ancient Sumeria was ruled by a powerful King named Gilgamesh. He was not an ordinary man, but a demigod, the son of the king priest Luga Albanda and the goddess Ninson. Gilgamesh was extraordinary in every aspect. He was taller and more beautiful than anyone else, with incredible physical strength. However, despite his divine qualities, Gilgamesh had an arrogant personality and acted as a proud and tyrant king.

He abused his authority, demanding to be idolized by his people and ordering the construction of monuments in his honor. He also seduced any woman that pleased him, regardless of their social status or marital status. As a result, the people of Uruk grew tired of their king’s cruelty and licentiousness and prayed to the gods to be saved from Gilgamesh’s tyranny.

The celestial god Anu heard the prayers of the people and instructed the goddess of vegetation, Haruru, to create a creature capable of rivaling Gilgamesh. Haruru crafted a being out of clay, a hybrid of man and animal, named Enkidu. Enkidu lived like an animal, eating grass with the gazelles and drinking from the rivers. He became the protector of wildlife but did not know how to interact with humans.

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El encuentro de Gilgamesh e Enkidu

Hearing stories of a man as strong and mighty as himself, Gilgamesh decided to send a priestess named Yamath to investigate and try to seduce this mysterious man, with the intention of taking away his purity. To Yamath’s surprise, Enkidu was just as impressive as Gilgamesh himself, and she soon fell in love with him. After seven days and seven nights of passionate love, Enkidu was civilized, learning to dress and eat human food. Only then, Yamath told him about Gilgamesh and his kingdom of tyranny.

One day, a great wedding was to be held in the city of Uruk. Gilgamesh, following tradition, appeared to claim his right to possess the bride before the marriage was consummated. To the relief of the bride and groom, Enkidu arrived in the middle of the crowd, guided by Yamath. Gilgamesh and Enkidu began a heated argument about the disrespect it would be to interfere in the love between two people. For the first time in his life, Gilgamesh encountered someone who disagreed with him, which enraged him. As the crowd quickly dispersed, leaving the two giants face to face, Gilgamesh was the first to attack. The powerful beings exchanged blows for seven consecutive days, destroying several houses in the city. Each punch they threw could have killed a human warrior, yet neither of them seemed willing to give up. Eventually, they began to admire each other’s strength and skill.

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In the end, Gilgamesh managed to deliver a powerful blow that brought Enkidu down. However, instead of finishing off his opponent, Gilgamesh extended his hand and helped Enkidu to his feet. They both felt pride in their great battle and embraced, sealing an oath of eternal friendship.

La búsqueda de la inmortalidad

From that day on, Gilgamesh became a fairer king and stopped tormenting his people. Over the following years, Gilgamesh and Enkidu traveled through unknown lands, having many adventures together, defeating monsters and heroes of all kinds. However, one thought always weighed on Gilgamesh’s mind: both he and Enkidu were aging, and someday, they would have to face death. Determined to make their names immortal, Gilgamesh insisted that they travel to the Cedar Forest, where a powerful demon named Humbaba lived. This demon was so terrible and dangerous that even the gods respected him.

Without provocation, Humbaba had never left his forest, but he would have to defend himself from attackers. When they finally saw the demon, Gilgamesh and Enkidu were paralyzed with terror since they had never seen such a terrifying creature. Gathering their courage, Gilgamesh attacked with his axe and eventually managed to injure Humbaba in the flank. Enkidu used his spear to deliver the mortal blow to Humbaba’s throat, finally putting an end to the gruesome fight.

However, the gods were enraged by the death of Humbaba, and they decided to punish Gilgamesh and Enkidu. They unleashed the Bull of Heaven upon the earth, bringing seven years of famine and natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. The people of Uruk pleaded with Gilgamesh and Enkidu to save them from the celestial beast.

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The epic battle between the semidivine heroes and the powerful celestial bull shook all of Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh and Enkidu wielded the same weapons they had used to defeat Humbaba and together managed to kill the Bull of Heaven. In a show of contempt, Gilgamesh cut off one of the bull’s legs and threw it at the feet of the goddess Ishtar, who had been observing the fight from a distance. Ishtar was not only furious, but the other gods also turned against Gilgamesh and Enkidu and decided to punish them.

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After revealing the events to the gods, it was decided that Enkidu must die, as he had held the Bull of Heaven by its horns, allowing Gilgamesh to deliver the final blow. Enkidu fell gravely ill, and realizing that his death was near, he saw his best friend in agony. Gilgamesh, desperate, ordered the kingdom’s best doctors to find a cure, but all attempts were in vain. Enkidu died in the arms of Gilgamesh, who grieved deeply for several days.

El intento de Gilgamesh por obtener la inmortalidad

The death of Enkidu made Gilgamesh fear for his own existence, and his fear of death pushed him to embark on a journey in search of the secret of immortality and a way to resurrect Enkidu. Gilgamesh travelled far through mountains and deserts, hoping to find Utnapishtim, the man who survived the Great Flood and was rewarded with immortality by the gods.

With the help of a boatman named Ushanabi, Gilgamesh crossed a great poisonous lake and finally reached the home of the immortal Utnapishtim. However, to his disappointment, Utnapishtim explained that only the gods could grant eternal life. Yet, there existed a miraculous plant, found in the depths of the sea, that could rejuvenate those who ate it and prolong their lifespan. Gilgamesh submerged himself in the sea and managed to find the plant, but when he emerged from the water, he laid it by the lakeside while he bathed to cleanse himself from the long journey. In that moment, a common snake was attracted by the sweet scent of the plant and ate it. It was too late for Gilgamesh to recover what was lost, and all he found was a dried snake skin, a sign that the creature had rejuvenated.

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Finally, Gilgamesh came to realize that no matter how strong or wealthy a man might be, he could not overcome death. Accepting his own mortality, he returned to Uruk and, for the first time, truly appreciated the magnificence and lasting beauty of his city. He understood that his legacy as a good and just king would be as close to immortality as he could attain. Gilgamesh decided to eternize his name and the name of his friend Enkidu by writing their story on clay tablets.

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El encuentro de Gilgamesh e Enkidu La historia de cómo Gilgamesh y Enkidu se conocieron y forjaron una amistad inquebrantable.
La búsqueda de la inmortalidad Las aventuras de Gilgamesh y Enkidu mientras viajaban por tierras desconocidas y su lucha por vencer a la muerte.
Confrontación con Easter El enfrentamiento de Gilgamesh y Enkidu con la diosa Ishtar y las consecuencias que tuvieron que enfrentar.
El intento de Gilgamesh por obtener la inmortalidad La búsqueda desesperada de Gilgamesh por la inmortalidad y su trágico descubrimiento sobre la naturaleza de la vida y la muerte.

FAQs

P: ¿Cuál es el propósito de la creación de Enkidu?
R: Enkidu fue creado para rivalizar con Gilgamesh y poner fin a su tiranía.

P: ¿Qué llevó a Gilgamesh a buscar la inmortalidad?
R: La muerte de Enkidu hizo que Gilgamesh temiera por su propia existencia y lo impulsó a emprender un viaje en busca del secreto de la inmortalidad.

P: ¿En qué termina la búsqueda de Gilgamesh?
R: Gilgamesh se da cuenta de que la inmortalidad es inalcanzable para los hombres y decide aceptar su propia mortalidad, valorando su legado como rey justo de Uruk.

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