The Epic of Gilgamesh

In The Battle With Humbaba can you please identify one or more details that help you understand a particular custom or belief of ancient Sumericans. Be sure to indicate the custom or belief that the detail or details help you understand.

"The Battle With Humbaba"

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The belief that gods gift humans or monsters with specific, otherworldly traits to promote their own interests.


Enlil has appointed Humbaba to guard it and armed him in sevenfold terrors, terrible to all flesh is Humbaba. When he roars it is like the torrent of the storm, his breath is like fire, and his jaws are death itself. He guards the cedars so well that when the wild heifer stirs in the forest, though she is sixty leagues distant, he hears her. What man would willingly walk into that country and explore its depths? I tell you, weakness overpowers whoever goes near it: it is not an equal struggle when one fights with Humbaba;. he is a great warrior, a battering-ram. Gilgamesh, the watchman of the forest never sleeps.



The Epic of Gilgamesh