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originally posted by: trollz
This is really interesting. Within the past couple years, there has been research into certain starfish for their potential uses for anti-aging. We've lost so much knowledge from long ago. It could very well be that people were collecting starfish and somehow concocting some sort of primitive anti-aging drug from them.
originally posted by: Gargoyle91
a reply to: Ridhya
Utnapishtim’s wife softens her husband toward Gilgamesh, persuading him to disclose the secret of the magic plant called How-the-Old-Man-Once-Again-Becomes-a-Young-Man.
Don't think it's Immortality, Just a way to buy more time - I sure hope there is a way to extend life, cure disease and social distress for Humanity's sake. It's a task that takes more than our 80 year life span.
The Sumerian king list states much longer life spans.
Inana's descent to the nether world
"Father Enki, the lord of great wisdom, knows about the life-giving plant and the life-giving water. He is the one who will restore me to life."
Then father Enki spoke out to the gala-tura and the kur-jara: "One of you sprinkle the life-giving plant over her, and the other the life-giving water."
(Then she asked) "Who are you? if you are gods, I will talk with you; if you are mortals, may a destiny be decreed for you."
They said to her: "Give us the corpse hanging on the hook." Holy Erec-ki-gala answered the gala-tura and the kur-jara: "The corpse is that of your queen." They said to her: "Whether it is that of our king or that of our queen, give it to us." They were given the corpse hanging on the hook. One of them sprinkled on it the life-giving plant and the other the life-giving water. And thus Inana arose."
Enki and Ninḫursaĝa: c.1.1.1
"His minister Isimud had the answer for him." My master, the 'tree' plant," he said to him, cut it off for him and Enki ate it." My master, the 'honey' plant," he said to him, pulled it up for him and Enki ate it." My master, the 'vegetable' plant," he said to him, cut it off for him and Enki ate it." My master, the alfalfa grass (?)," he said to him, pulled it up for him and Enki ate it."
Ninurta and the turtle: c.1.6.3
"You my plant-eater Enki, who shall I send to you?"
A hymn to Nisaba (Nisaba A): c.4.16.1
"Lady coloured as the stars, holding a lapis-lazuli tablet! Nisaba, born by Uraš in the great sheepfold (?), …… nourished on good milk among holy alkaline plants,"
A šir-namšub to Ninisina (Ninisina B): c.4.22.2
"Softened with the finest oils, softened with the finest oils -- for her let the finest oils be brought!wafting up into the heart of heaven like aromatic resins, and ligidba plant oil and white cedar oil -- let them all glisten on her!"
A hymn to Ninisina (Ninisina D): c.4.22.4
"Your medical skills heal a man.....Lady, the plant of life ……. The dying man ……. Nintilmud"
Proverbs: collection 15: c.6.1.15
"The high priest rejected fish, he rejected leeks, and he should also reject the zagḫili plant."