from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. the Sumerian legendary friend of Gilgamish.

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  • n. legendary friend of Gilgamish


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  • Some interpreters have suggested that Gilgamesh's relationship with Enkidu is a homosexual one.

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  • Enkidu is civilized by a harlot from the temple of the goddess Inanna.

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  • The world in which Gilgamesh lives before Enkidu is the world of the me, the world shaped by craftsman Enki, god of clay, inventor of the wedge-shaped imprints of cuneiform, and the mathematics and writing that those marks graved into the world, inventor of irrigation, delineating territory into fields with the inscriptions of trenches.

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  • In this lament he calls Enkidu his brave friend and the "panther of the desert," and refers to their hunts in the mountains, and to their slaughter of the bull of heaven, and to the overthrow of Khumbaba in the forest of cedar, and then he asks him:

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  • The variation in the writing of the name Enkidu is likewise interesting.

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  • By means of this "play" on the name, which reverts to the compilers of the Sumerian version of the Epic, Gilgamesh was converted into a Sumerian figure, just as the name Enkidu may have been introduced as a Sumerian translation of his Amoritic name. dGish at all events is an abbreviated form of the "Sumerianized" name, introduced by the compilers of the earliest

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  • The now of Enkidu is a present with neither future nor past; when the hunter brings the harlot to him, when she offers herself, he goes willingly with her, to fuck for days in the seemingly endless immediacy of lust, not knowing that this will sunder him forever from his animal existence, his wild hair shaved, his skin oiled as an athlete's.

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  • Aruru, in co-operation with Marduk, might be credited with the creation of the human race, (1) as she might also be pictured creating on her own initiative an individual hero such as Enkidu of the Gilgamesh Epic.

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  • There is another aspect of the figure of Enkidu which is brought forward in the Pennsylvania tablet more clearly than had hitherto been the case.

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  • Michael's list is good but his graduates list contains some surprising omissions, for example Martin "Enkidu" Shields, featuring one of my favourite theological blog posts of all time, slightly misleadingly entitled

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