It is always an interesting fact to view and analyze the similarities of certain books especially when the contents of a few of those books relate to the Holy Scriptures, living words or in other words known as the ‘The Holy Bible’. Some of those books are the epic of Gilgamesh and the Bhagavad Gita. Besides these three books, there are other books which I would like to introduce in this essay such as the Monkey by Wu ch’eng en [INCLUDE OTHER TWO BOOKS]. This essay is mainly going to concentrate on the similarities of these books that led to the creation, friendship, as well as destruction.
Not the whole book the Epic of Gilgamesh is related to the Bible. There are certain episodes in the Gilgamesh that could be related to the Bible and those similarities lead to many discussions among people. At first, the bible starts with the creation of the world and later moves on to the creation of the human being. The book of Genesis 2:7 in New Revised Standard Version states that, “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being”. This quote portrays that the first human named Adam was created from clay or mud and given life by God’s breath. We can read a similar story in the epic of Gilgamesh. Enkidu, who later became the best friend of Gilgamesh, was created from clay by the Goddess Aruru, “The goddess Aruru, she washed her hands, took a pinch of clay, threw it down in the wild. In the wild she created Enkidu, the hero, the offspring of the silence, knit strong by Ninurta” (Gilgamesh, Tablet I, 101-104). This again says that Enkidu was made in the same way as God made Adam. Later in the Bible, we can see that God found Adam alone so made him a perfect partner named Eve. Eve’s creation was different from Adam’s. She was created from Adam’s rib. After the creation, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, another creation by God and Enkidu lived in the wilderness. The important information that is conveyed through this is that both Eve and Enkidu were made for a purpose.
The book of Genesis 2:18, 21-23 says that, “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper as his partner.”[God] took one of [man’s] ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man”. Eve might not have been created if Adam was not lonely in the Garden of Eden. A reason can be applied to Enkidu as well. The gods of the epic decided to create Enkidu. “They summoned Aruru, the great one: ‘You, Aruru, created mankind: now fashion what Anu has thought of! Let [Enkidu] be a match for the storm of his heart, let them vie with each other, so Uruk may be rested!’” (Tablet I, 94-98). As we can read in Gilgamesh, the country Uruk was under his tyranny. If he was not tyrannizing the people, Enkidu might not have been created.
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