epic of gilagamesh

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theterminator
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epic of gilagamesh

Post by theterminator » Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:11 am

what is the reason for the gods to cause the flood in the epic of gilgamesh?
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Re: epic of gilagamesh

Post by andrewcriddle » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:55 pm

theterminator wrote:what is the reason for the gods to cause the flood in the epic of gilgamesh?
In Gilgamesh it is IIUC unclear.
In the related Atrahasis humans are too noisy.
Twelve hundred years had not gone by;
the land had expanded and the people had multiplied.
The land was bellowing like wild oxen,
and the god was disturbed by their uproar.
Enlil heard their noise and addressed the great gods:
The noise of humankind is too loud for me,
with all their uproar I cannot go to sleep.
Cut off food supplies to the people,
let plant-life to feed them be scarce;
Above, let Adad withhold his rain,
Below, let the flood not rise from the deep;
let the wind blow and parch the ground;
let the clouds thicken but only drop drips;
let the fields lessen their yields,
let Nisaba seal up her breast.
Andrew Criddle

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