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“Gilgamesh:
Fame haunts the man who visits Hell, who lives to tell my entire
tale identically. So like a sage, a trickster or saint, Gilgamesh
was a hero who knew secrets and saw forbidden places.” Epic of Gilgamesh
Tablet 1, Column 1

"God's
blessing is on him [George W. Bush]. It's the blessing of heaven
on the emperor." ~ Pat Robertson, evangelist

During a recent
conversation, centered on the ancient Sumerian
Kings List
, in which my brother and I were discussing the ancient
Sumerian king Gilgamesh; I was suddenly struck by the parallels
we have in history with current events today.

If you have
ever tried to unravel the identity of historical and mythical figures
of the ancient world, you were immediately struck with how intertwined
the names and identities of each god or goddess are when compared
to many historical figures, and the gods and goddesses of competing
ancient cultures.

As
an example let's take the historical
king
Gilgamesh (“The old man is a young man”) of the ancient
Sumerians (ca. 2600 BC). In many ancient texts he is described as
two-thirds god and one-third man and later as the “King of Earth.”

It is during
the Old Akkadian Empire (ca. 2300 BC) that Gilgamesh becomes a cult
figure who is given the status of god. As a god he is worshipped
throughout the ancient world under various names, some of which
are readily recognizable; Dumuzi, “Son of the Abyss,” the ever-dying,
ever-reviving Sumerian savior. In the Sumero-Babylonian myths, he
found fame as Dumuzi-absu, Tammuz, "child of the abyss.”
He was also known
as Osiris in Egypt, Adon (Adonis) to the Phoenicians, Dionysus to
the Greeks and Bacchus along with Janus in Roman worship.

However, it
is the historical kingship of Gilgamesh with which we are most concerned.

Gilgamesh is
listed in the Sumerian kings list as having built and ruled at Uruk
(Erech of Genesis 10:10), in southern Mesopotamia, as the 5th ruler
of the first dynasty during the first half of the 3rd millennium
BC. Thus, Gilgamesh stands as a contemporary of the historical king
Agga1,
ruler of the ancient city Kish;
located 8 miles east of ancient Babylon.

As king, Gilgamesh
is variously known throughout ancient Sumerian texts as Gilgame,
Bilgamesh, or Bilgames. The Babylonian's texts called him, Izdubar
or Gishdubar. In the Greek histories this king is the founder of
Nineveh, called Ninus,
and is identical to the Scriptural despot, Nimrod, of Genesis 10:9.

Early Akkadian
versions of the Gilgamesh epic, dating back to the first half of
the 3rd millennium BC, describe Gilgamesh as "surpassing
all other kings
." In this epithet we are constantly
reminded that Gilgamesh, by whatever name and in whatever age, stood
as the very epitome of terror and tyranny.

His own epics
claims that he was a tyrant of such magnitude that he demanded the
right of the bridegroom on the first night with each and every man's
bride he chose. Nor do the ancient texts stop there, for some texts
say that there was no virgin or wife safe from his decrees of lust.2

Texts all vicariously
agree with the Biblical Nimrod, that Gilgamesh was a war king who
forced others to bow to his will; that brute force was his first
line of persuasion in any disagreement.

As a king of
violence then we shouldn't be surprised to hear that once Gilgamesh,
as the Biblical Nimrod, had firm control of his
kingdom
in Shinar (Southern Iraq) he immediately turned his
attention to invading and conquering Assyria (the territory of Syria
today). This undoubtedly is the impetus behind Gilgamesh's proud
declaration that "he commanded walls for Uruk and for Eanna,
our holy ground, walls that you can see still; walls where the weary
widows of dead soldiers weep."

So frequent
and violent were Gilgamesh's indiscriminate uses of power that peoples
everywhere, under his authority, cried out to the gods for relief.
This brutality and tyranny followed him into his rites as a god,
so much so, that long before the Christian era, in Egypt, Rome,
Greece and everywhere in the near east where he was worshipped,
as Tammuz, he was also seen as the devil incarnate.

It is perhaps
ironic that when we are first introduced to Gilgamesh, we are told
he is a man of "great beauty and physical prowess;" a
man who rules with all knowledge and wisdom. The source of this
great wisdom comes about because it is “he who saw the Deep” [that
is, that Gilgamesh has exclusive access to the mystic occult domain
of the god of wisdom, Ea]. Thus, his instructions, commands and
wars come about as a direct personal relationship with Ea, in which
Gilgamesh received specific instructions from the Sumerian god who
governed the arts of sorcery and incantation.

It has been
nearly 5000 years since the historical figure Gilgamesh reigned
in Iraq and once again this ancient people, of Iraq, are oppressed
by a king who attributes differ little from that of Gilgamesh.

It is too our
lasting shame that we have allowed a ruler with an occult background,
who pretends to know the will of God, to profit from his "right"
to use savage violence to suppress an ancient people. However, this
time it is not in the name of the god, Ea. Our "Skull and Bones"
President erects and worships at the blood drenched altar built
in the name of the god, democracy, while flaunting the ecclesiastical
banner of the labarum as his standard.

We need to
continually remind ourselves that, like Gilgamesh, President Bush's
code of conduct exists as a code of power and terror, which differs
dramatically from the code dictated by natural and supernatural
law which is honored by honest men and women.

Katherine
Yurica's
research into this immoral
code of conduct
has yielded some enlightening results which
she has paraphrased into the following points:

  1. Falsehoods
    are not only acceptable, they are a necessity. The corollary is:
    The masses will accept any lie if it is spoken with vigor, energy
    and dedication.
  2. It is necessary
    to be cast under the cloak of “goodness” whereas all opponents
    and their ideas must be cast as “evil.”
  3. Complete
    destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting
    personal attacks.
  4. The creation
    of the appearance of overwhelming power and brutality is
    necessary in order to destroy the will of opponents to launch
    opposition of any kind.

Is it any wonder
that peoples who have fallen under this tyranny of divine "leadership"
feel oppressed to the point of pleading with their God for relief?
No, President Bush has not availed himself of another's wife, (at
least not that we know about), but we are not far removed from the
act of personal rape by the theft of our personal wealth, the bloody
sacrifice of our young men and women for an illegal war, and a moribund
governmental behemoth.

What then do
we say about the dead in Iraq whose lives have been stripped from
them due to a plethora
of lies
, and the demented use of power? Are the legions of dead
comforted knowing that, like Gilgamesh, President Bush seeks immortality
through conquest, death, and fanciful canards? No, peace to the
sacrificial dead comes in knowing that in the wake of any search
for immortality, only the anguish of those who have lost loved ones
to this insane lust and who will never be satisfied with anything
short of vengeance remains.

"We will
export death and violence to the four corners of the earth…,"
exclaimed President Bush. Perhaps then, it is fitting that President
Bush's kingdom really begins in Iraq and now he eyes Iraq's northern
neighbor, the state
of Syria
. As with his ancient predecessor many will be forced
to bow to President Bush's will, but from their lips will also come
a curse for "the great Satan." A curse that many ages
from now may find America equated with Babylon in every form of
evil and President Bush seen as the devil incarnate.

The central
themes of Gilgamesh's epics revolve around the fear of death, human
longing for life and eternal renown; the vanity of a deluded hero’s
quests and the folly of the pursuit of immortality.

Even Gilgamesh
on his death
bed
had to be reminded that he, like every ruler, is just a
mortal: "Oh Gilgamesh! Enlil, the Great Mountain, the father
of gods, has made kingship your destiny, but not eternal life… You
must have been told that this is what the bane of being human involves.
You must have been told that this is what the cutting of your umbilical
cord involved. The darkest day of humans awaits you now."

The earth has
made nearly 5,000 orbits around the sun since Gilgamesh was king
of Iraq. The world has seen rulers and kings, of every description,
come and go. Great nations have risen from obscure peoples to become
empires then disappear from the stage of history, back into obscurity.
However, humanity, in general, seems to have learned nothing but
how to continue to build walls, and inscribe them with the names
of their war dead below the most ancient implied declaration of
greed, lust, and megalomania: "The King commanded these walls,
our holy ground, walls that you can see still; walls where the weary
widows of dead soldiers weep."

Notes

  1. Enmebaragesi
    fl. ca. 2700 BC also spelled Enmebaragisi, also called ME-BARAGESI,
    king of Kish, in northern Babylonia, and the first historical
    personality of Mesopotamia. Enmebaragesi is known from inscriptions
    about him on fragments of vases of his own time, as well as from
    later traditions. He was the next-to-last ruler of the first dynasty
    of Kish. He “despoiled the weapons of the land of Elam,” one inscription
    asserts. His son, Agga, was the last king of the dynasty, owing
    to his defeat by Gilgamesh, according to the Sumerian epic "Gilgamesh
    and Agga of Kish."
  2. "And
    with them all he goes howling through sanctuaries. But would he
    ever let his child come to see him ravish others? Is this shepherd
    of Uruk’s flocks, our strength, our light, our reason, who hoards
    the girls of other men for his own purpose?" Epic of Gilgamesh
    Tablet 1, Column 2, Line 50

March
4, 2005

Tim
Case [send him mail] is
a 30-year student of the ancient histories who agrees with the first
century stoic Epictetus on this one point: “Only the educated are
free.”

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