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Enkidu is one of the central characters in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a 5,000-year-old poem from Mesopotamia. He was a wild man of the hills (see Feral Children), created from the earth by a goddess, raised by animals and living like them. The Epic describes him as "the one who was reared on the milk of wild beasts." He became "domesticated" (by intercourse with a prostitute) and the best friend of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, after Gilgamesh defeated him in a wrestling match.


Encyclopedia of Religion. 16 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1987)
Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse, translated by David Ferry. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992)
The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by N.K. Sanders. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1960)
"Gilgamesh in the Land of the Living." Available at: http://members.aol.com/mmqchome2/mythnotes.htm#GilgameshEpic


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