Almighty, tyrant, important, powerful– all these words describe the
gods from mythological tales. While some gods are caring and treat humans
with respect, there are those other gods who know they have power over the
Giglamesh is one of the cruel gods who believes his feelings override
the weak humans. A tyrant to his people, he demanded that they rebuild
Uruk’s walls. Then, without explanation, he let the walls go unattended and
He also had the “privilege”, as he called it, of sleeping with the
women before their husbands were permitted. He would also go to the Family
House to sleep with the virgins.
This story also tells how the city of Shurrupak was destroyed because
the gods felt it was very old. They created a flood that destroyed the city
for seven days, killing many innocent people.
Enkidu was one god though that was good-hearted. He had once been an
animal, so he was somewhat naive and innocent. He believed in treating
humans fairly. Once, when Giglamesh was about
to sleep with a girl soon to be wed, Enkidu stopped him, believe it was
unmoral and wrong.
With such gods as Giglamesh, humans had very little rights. They were
mere slaves in most cases, and the gods looked upon them as mere scum.
Working strenuously for hours upon end, they were forced to work to near
Enkidu did help Giglamesh see his wrong doings and helped him to
correct his cruel actions towards humans. But Giglamesh will never know
the innocence and kindness that Enkidu knew, for he was cruel so long, and
one cannot forget old ways.