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  1. May 2018
    1. ‘Woman, I promise you another destiny. The mouth which cursed you shall bless you! Kings, princes and nobles shall adore you. On your account a man though twelve miles off will clap his hand to his thigh and his hair will twitch. For you he will undo his belt and open his treasure and you shall have your desire; lapis lazuli, gold and' carnelian from the heap in the treasury.

      Enkidu realizes after cursing the harlot that he was wrong in doing so. After all, she was the woman who civilized him and found his perfect match and companion. He praises her and promises her good fortune in her future. Although he did curse her at the beginning, men do have respect for women (after they realize they are wrong) sort of like Gilgamesh when Siduri give him life advice and he rejects it. Later on he realizes that he was wrong and began to appreciate his life.

    2. 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 Samugan's, the god of cattle.

      The epic challenges the idea of gender and sexuality. There is no specific classification of gender and sexuality in the text. Women and men are treated differently, but there is no specification on what women and men do differently.

    3. Enkidu was grown wea k , for wisdom was in him, and the thoughts of a man were in his heart. So he returned and sat down at the woman's feet, and listened intently to what she said

      Women represent not only temptation and ruin but also power. Enkidu only thought with his heart whereas she was able to lead him in the right direction. Women are the greatest aid to the hero since they provide the men with the information they require to change themselves and the world.

    4. She answered, ‘Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man

      One of the prominent women in the Epic of Gilgamesh is Siduri. She gives advice to Gilgamesh who was blinded by the death of Enkidu. She encourages him to put away his grief and actually enjoy the life he is living instead of seeking immortality. He was busy trying to run away from death that he forgot to enjoy the things he had. As usual he ignored her advice and suffers greatly as his search for immortality was a failure.

    5. When Ishtar heard this she fell into a bitter rage, she went up to high heaven.

      Nature can be dangerous especially for those who travel in the wild. This is also a comparison to the Goddess Ishtar. She is powerful and can be an agent of destruction. When Gilgamesh not recognizing this aspect of the feminine caused destruction in his life. The death of Enkidu was the result of Gilgamesh rejecting her temptations.

    1. "[I saw him and like] a woman I fell in love with him."

      The relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu was far more intense than a friendship.

    2. To the [cedar] forest, whose guardian, O warrior Gish, a power(?) without [rest(?)], Huwawa, an offspring(?) of .... Adad ...................... He ........................

      This translation is difficult to understand.

    3. In reply, the father advises his son to take a woman with him when next he goes out on his pursuit, and to have the woman remove her dress in the presence of Enkidu, who will then approach her, and after intercourse with her will abandon the animals among whom he lives.

      The power of a woman was able to convert Enkidu from beast to human.