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Humbaba was a monstrous giant of immemorial age raised by Utu, the Sun. Humbaba was the guardian of the Cedar Forest, where the gods lived, by the will of the god Enlil, who "assigned Humbaba as a terror to human beings." He is the brother of Pazuzu
His face is inscribed in a single coiling line like that of the coiled entrails of men and beasts, from which omens might be read,Guardian of the Fortress of Intestines.
And it is Humbaba appears to the priest, will not the dread Pazuzu also be there? Lord of all fevers and plagues, grinning Dark Angel of the Four Wings, horned, with rotting genitalia, and it is the able magician indeed who can remove Pazuzu once he has laid hold of a man, for Pazuzu lays hold unto death.
Know that Humbaba and Pazuzu are brothers. Humbaba is the eldest, who rides upon a silent, whispering wind and claims the flocks for his own, by which sign you shall know that Pazuzu will come.
In Uruk people are dying, and souls are full of distress. People are lost -- that fills me with dismay. I lean out over the city wall: bodies in the water make the river almost overflow. That is what I see: that people die thus, which fills me with despair; that the end of life is unavoidable; that the grave, the all-powerful underworld, will spare no one
Humbaba awoke from within his lair. The commotion from all of the chopping and hacking had wakened him. Humbaba took his auras
Gilgamesh immediately began to grow sluggish as though he were falling asleep. His friend and adviser Enkidu grew confused as though he had just been struck hard upon the head.
Enkidu was the first to wake. He shuddered from his dream and rubbed his eyes. At first he thought that what had happened had all been part of his dream, but there was silence all around him.
"You have fallen asleep. Gilgamesh, lord of Kulaba how long will you sleep?" . He attempted to shake him and call to him in order to wake him. "It is getting late. The mountains are becoming harder to see as the shadows cover them."
Enkidu spoke to Gilgamesh, saying: "My friend, i have been talking to you but you have not been listening to me, you have been listening to the curse of Humbaba!"
Enlil then took the powerful auras from Gilgamesh and began distributing their power. The lord of the gods gave Huwawa's first aura to the fields as this would bring fruitfulness to the lands. He gave his second aura to the rivers to feed those fields. The third he gave reed beds and another to the lions to compliment the power they already had. He gave Huwawa's next aura to the forests and hills. He gave another aura to the debt slaves as he was a great lord of wealth and prosperity. This proved him to be great among masters.
Finally, in memory of Huwawa, gave his seventh aura to Nungal, the goddess of prisoners.
Gilgamerh spoke to Enkidu, saying: "My Friend, Humbaba's face keeps changing!·
Enkidu spoke to Gilgamesh, saying:'"Why, my friend, are you whining so pitiably, hiding behind your whimpering?
Now there, my friend,in the coppersmith's channel again to blow the bellows for an hour, the glowing metal for an hour, to send the Flood, to crack the Whip, do not snatch your feet away, do not turn your back strike even harder!"
The ground split open with the heels of their feet,as they whirled around in circles Mt. Hermon and Lebanon split, white clouds darkened,death rained down on them like fog.Shamash raised up against Humbaba mighty tempests'--Southwind, Northwind, Eastwind, Westwind, Whistling Wind, Piercing Wind, Blizzard, Bad Wind, Wind of Simurru,Demon Wind, Ice Wind, Storm, Sandstorm--thirteen winds rose up against him
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: abeverage
When one encounters Humbaba there is no discontinuity between waking conscious thought and dream, they both flow seamlessly, conscious conjecture carries through into the dream realm, in this sense it is as becoming fully awakened within Divine consciousness, areas normally off limits with Humbaba securing that area.
a reply to: Pinocchio
I expect that like Humbaba, your 'Bah Hum bug' is not easily understood and appreciated...