So 23432 is not
...? I can't let it go. Seems too perfect.
But apparently you are looking for something else.
LOVE the music and the video. Thank you. Do you have a translation?
Back to Gilgamesh...
My first question:
If humans had access to the Gods' technology, why did the Babylonians rely on wood to power their civilization? And destroy their environment in the
process? ...Were they simply trying to 'recreate' the past? Without
the needed technology?
The Gilgamesh Epic is about deforestation according to scientists like Richard Cowen, but viewed from a different angle...
Gilgamesh's tale is about him trying to find and use the "Gods' " technology that survived the great flood - or to recreate it.
Apparently, the Gods came back after the flood - and there were several factions/races. Gilgamesh was a designer-baby who was "two-thirds god, and
one-third human," created by Aruru.
Whose name, from the day of his birth, was called "Gilgamesh"?
Two-thirds of him is god, one-third of him is human.
The Great Goddess [Aruru] designed(?) the model for his body,
she prepared his form ...
... beautiful, handsomest of men,
But the Gods were holding out: Humans were not educated, or given the Gods' "secrets." Gilgamesh was on his own to rebuild civilization.
Gilgamesh is awesome to perfection.
It was he who opened the mountain passes,
who dug wells on the flank of the mountain.
It was he who crossed the ocean, the vast seas, to the rising sun,
who explored the world regions, seeking life.
It was he who reached by his own sheer strength Utanapishtim, the Faraway,
who restored the sanctuaries (or: cities) that the Flood had destroyed!
... for teeming mankind.
So Gilgamesh spends his life working his butt off.
In the end, after his best friend Enkidu's death, Gilgamesh recognizes his own mortality, and can't accept it.
He sets out to find Utnapishtim/Utanapishtim, (Noah?), whom Enlil made immortal like the Gods. He wants Utnapishtim to give him the secret of
immortality. Utnapishtim lives at "Far-Away," across the sea, and beyond the "Waters of Death."
There is a "ferry" to Far-Away, but no one is allowed to use it except Utanapishtim and a guy named Shamash. The ferryman's name is Urshanabi.
The tavern-keeper spoke to Gilgamesh, saying:
"There has never been, Gilgamesh, any passage whatever,
there has never been anyone since days of yore who crossed
The (only) one who crosses the sea is valiant Shamash, except
for him who can cross!
The crossing is difficult, its ways are treacherous--
and in between are the Waters of Death that bar its approaches!
And even if, Gilgamesh, you should cross the sea,
when you reach the Waters of Death what would you do!
Gilgamesh, over there is Urshanabi, the ferryman of Utanapishtim.
Gilgamesh tries to force Urshanabi to take him to Utanapishtim.
Oddly, Gilgamesh totally takes for granted the ability make the long journey and cross the "Waters of Death" - to travel quickly and easily over
long distances. He seems to have no idea there is technology involved, never mind what it might be.
In his ignorance, he smashes the "stone things" needed to make the journey when he attacks Urshanabi.
Urshanabi spoke to Gilgamesh, saying:
"It is your hands, Gilgamesh, that prevent the crossing!
You have smashed the stone things,' you have pulled out their
retaining ropes (?).
'The stone things' have been smashed, their retaining ropes (!)
So Gilgamesh lives in a world where people are aware of immortality - they know "Gods" are immortal, but immortality is denied to humans.
At the same time, easy long-distance travel is so 'normal' that Gilgamesh does not even wonder how it might be possible, or what is needed to make
PS. I skated the surface of mythology a few lifetimes ago. Obviously I need to get back to it and do some serious studying. Thanks again 23432, for
getting me started.