Mesopotamian - A giant, semi-divine Babylonian hero. King of Uruk. Son of Lugalbanda and Ninsuna. Some say that his father was a demon who took the form of the king of Uruk. He was secretly abandoned as a baby but was saved from falling to earth by an eagle. When Inanna's favourite tree was inhabited by a serpent, a Zu bird and the destructive Lilith, he killed the snake and drove off both Lilith and the bird. He overcame the giant Huwawa and rejected the love of Ishtar. When Ishtar arranged with Anu to send the Bull of Heaven to ravage the land, Gilgamesh killed it and cut it up. When his friend Enkidu who had helped him, was killed by the gods, he set out to achieve immortality. Advised by Siduri to consult the one mortal, Utnapishtim, who had been given immortality, he journeyed to the edge of the world, running the gauntlet of the scorpion-men, the jewelled trees, the women of pleasure and crossed the sea of death in a boat steered by Ursanapi. He was told that immortality was a burden rather than a blessing but he did manage to get a piece of the plant that procured rejuvenation. He was taking it to Enkidu when it was stolen by a snake. Another version of Enkidu's death arises from the story in which Gilgamesh and Inanna felled a tree and made a magic drum from its timber. When this drum was accidentally dropped into the underworld, Enkidu went down to retrieve it but was trapped. Also commonly called Gilgamesh, Gilgames, Gilgames, Gilgamish, Gilgamish, Gilgamos, Gilgamos, Biblical Nimrod, Biblical Nimrod, Izdubar or Izdubar.

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