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Shamhat “The Magnificent One”

Shamhat is a female character, a cultic devotee of the goddess Ishtar she played the integral role in taming the wild man Enkidu, who was created by the gods as a rival to the mighty Gilgamesh.

She used her sexual attractiveness to tempt Enkidu from the wild, civilizing him through continued sexual intercourse. Unfortunately for Enkidu, after he enjoys Shamhat for “six days and seven nights”, his former companions, the wild animals, turn away from him in fright, at the watering hole where they congregated. Shamhat persuades him to follow her and join the civilized world in the city of Uruk, where Gilgamesh is king, rejecting his former life in the wild with the wild animals of the hills. Henceforth, Gilgamesh and Enkidu become the best of friends and undergo many adventures … (starting with the Cedar Forest and the encounter with Humbaba.)

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