The Gilgamesh Epic happens to be an ancient Mesopotamian story, illustrating life and the suffering one should endure while alive. Being included in the story, that’s a tale of a great flood, which covered the earth, murdering all but a select few of its poor inhabitants. The story of a great flood is quite common to most folks, and it has effected history in several ways. The Gilgamesh Epic has caused many human beings to look for evidence that a great flood actually took place long ago. Moreover, it has also caused several other religions as well as cultures to take the same basic story, even claiming it for their own.
Whether in Christianity in the form of Noah’s Ark or in the form of an immortal through Mesopotamian history, the idea of a great flood has proven to be rather a common story around the globe. In spite of the fact, Noah’s Ark might appear to be the most popular form of the story, it’s not the oldest. A great number of folks are assured that Noah’s Ark was built around Utnapishnem’s flood story. Obviously, the two stories are based on the same thing, though one should wonder which one is true and which came first.
The story of Utnapishnem in the Gilgamesh Epic begins with a dream, warning Utnapishnem of the approaching flood. The gods are extremely angry and they’re eager to rid the world of humanity. Utnapishnem managed to build a boat huge enough to carry his family, his personal belongings as well as the seed of all other living creatures. After Utnapishnem finished his work, the rain kept falling for six days and six nights, and it was so bad that the gods had to climb into heaven for safety. After the rain was over, the boast came to rest on Mount Nisir, and Utnapishnem released a dove along with a swallow. Both birds got back because they were unable to find land. Then he released a raven, but this bird didn’t come back, thus proving that there was land for it to rest on. Then, Utnapishnem came out of the ship and offered a sacrifice to the angry gods. When they smelled the sweet odor of the sacrifice, they blessed Utnapishnem as well as his wife to be like the gods and live forever.
Noah’s Ark starts with God being upset at mankind’s wickedness. So, he decides to destroy it by means of a huge flood. God knew that Noah was righteous and told him to build an ark to be safe from the rain. Noah followed that order and took aboard his family as well as pairs of every kind of animal. It rained for up to forty days and nights, until the highest mountains went underwater. Then God sent a wind to have the waters receded, and the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat.
The Gilgamesh Epic happens to be an ancient Mesopotamian story, illustrating life and the suffering one should endure while alive. Being included in the story, that’s a tale of a great flood, which covered the earth, murdering all but a select few of its poor inhabitants. The story of a great flood is quite common to most folks, and it has effected history in several ways.