Epic Of Gilamesh

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Comparison in the Creation of Enkidu in Gilgamesh and Adam in Genesis The Epic of Gilgamesh is said to bear resemblances to the story of creation as accounted in the book of Genesis in the Bible. This is quite an interesting discovery given that the Epic of Gilgamesh predates the Bible by more than 1,000 years. One of the most striking resemblances is that of the creation of Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh and Adam in Genesis. In the Bible, the book of Genesis has an account of how things were created. It started with God creating the heavens and the earth and then the formation of light and darkness. After creating the vegetations, the plants, the fruit trees, the swarms of living creatures, the sea monsters, and the beasts, God created man. The main reason for the creation of man is to have someone who will have “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” (Book of Genesis 2). Man was created in the image and likeness of God. Adam was formed of dust from the ground. God breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils and he became a living being. God then put the man in the midst of the Garden of Eden where the tree of the knowledge of good and evil stands (Book of Genesis 2). These accounts bear a striking resemblance to the creation of Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh. In Gilgamesh, Enkidu came into being when Aru, the goddess of creation, dipped her hands in water and pinched off clay. She let it fall in the wilderness and noble Enkidu was created. Enkidu has a “virtue in him of the god of war, of Ninurta himself. His body was rough, he had long hair like a woman’s it waved like the hair of Nisaba, the goddess of corn. His body was covered with matted hair like Samuqan’s, the god of cattle”. The way Enkidu was created is

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