How and Why Did Humans Come to Earth?


Long ago the gods were working a lot in the land. They would sometimes dig, or harvest crops, but no matter what they would do they always had a job to do. And this made them very upset. They talked about it with each other and how to make it easier. They went to get advice from Enki. He was wise and cleaver.

Enki said that he could create a creature that could serve them by doing their work for them which would make the gods' and goddesses' lives easier. They all agreed that it was a good idea.
Enki used clay from his underwater house to use to create humans. He breathed life into his clay creations but he did not give them an unlimited lifetime. Only he and the gods' and goddesses' would live forever. As the gods servants they had to bring them foods and drinks for the tables.

They did all of the work that gods did. They dug, harvested crops, and brought water from the river to feed the lifeless crops. They were all happy then...
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This is a picture of wheat that the gods and goddesses might have had to harvest.

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This is a picture of some Mesopotamian gods and goddesses.


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This is Enki, the one who created humans, and I believe that he is coming out from his underwater home.



The Epic of Gilgamesh


The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem written on stone tablets somewhere between 2700 B.C. and around 600 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Not all of the tablets survived together, so scholars can only guess at what certain sections of the poem are meant to say.

The poem itself is about the hero Gilgamesh, a man who is half human and half god.
Gilgamesh is stronger and more powerful than the people of his village, Uruk, causing and creating great unhappiness to the people. For this reason, they ask the gods to make another man who would hate Gilgamesh.
This man is named Enkidu. Gilgamesh and Enkidu become good friends, but they would always find trouble everywhere they would go.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest known pieces of literature that has survived.


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This is an image of Gilgamesh holding a lion in one hand, and a whip.


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This is an image of the epic of Gilgamesh tablet. This was where the epic was originally written.


This is a Letter From Ashusikildigir

My name is Ashusikildigir and today I learned many things about our mythology. I learned how we humans got created and why we got created!

We are very lucky to have a way of writing because we can remember and look at all of our past and learn about our mythology! I learned that humans got created because long ago, the gods would work in the land and they got very tired of it. So they went to Enki, and he suggested that he could make creatures that would work for them as their servants. So he used clay from underwater, and breathed life into the clay figures and that is how we became.

I am currently learning about the epic of Gilgamesh. So far, I have been introduced to Gilgamesh, and I learned that he is not the nicest king, and how he is the king of a city named Uruk.

I can’t wait to learn more about it! I am also currently learning how to read our language, and we have many complicated symbols and signs, but I am getting there. And when I learn to read, I will be able to read the epic on my own. That will be very exciting.


Ashusikildigir