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.
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