Utnapishtim


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Utnapishtim

 

the hero of a Babylonian myth about the flood. According to legend, Utnapishtim built an ark and was saved from the great flood, the story of which is partly related to actual floods that occurred in Mesopotamia before the building of a flood control system in the late third millennium B.C. Utnapishtim corresponds to Ziusudra in Sumerian mythology and to Noah in biblical mythology.

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Utnapishtim

blessed by Enlil with everlasting life. [Babyl. Myth.: Gilgamesh]
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Gilgamesh initially contemplates attacking the god-like, immortal Utnapishtim. However, once they meet face to face and he realizes that this god was very much like him, just another human being, he could not fight him.
He ultimately encounters Utnapishtim, the Noah figure who tells the story of the Flood and informs Gilgamesh that mortals must perish.
Eventually, rafter numerous adventures, Gilgamesh finds Utnapishtim, a man who has survived the great flood--the model for Noah in the Hebrew Bible.
The heartbroken king seeks the advice of Utnapishtim and his wife, the only two mortals to whom the gods have granted eternal life.
The names of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Utnapishtim, Enlil, and E anna are virtually unknown outside the poem itself.
This is a far cry from the earlier accounts (in the Gilgamesh and Atrahasis epics) where the gods plan the destruction of the world for reasons that are unclear, and where the protagonist, Utnapishtim, is saved as the result of a god's favoritism without any moral judgments being passed."
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