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Gilgamesh - The Arena by DrawingNightmare Gilgamesh - The Arena by DrawingNightmare
Art for a project about Gilgamesh, which is an old Mesopotamian story about a young arrogant king who travels to all kinds of exotic places in search for immortality.

This is the Arena of Humbaba, the demon.
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:iconschattenlotus:
I smell the Scent of an amazing Picture... ... ^^ =)
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:iconlil-mike-182:
lil-mike-182 Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
amazing!
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:iconcheetoze:
Humbaba was just a guardian of a ceder forest which housed the Gods, i really question the teacher who is teaching you this.
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:iconthe-darkwolf:
The word "demon" or "Daemon" can be a little fluid in older texts, indicating a monster or a spirit-creature rather than the Abrahamic denizens of the underworld. For example, in the texts, it becomes translated as "demon" "manticore" or "monster" depending on who has done that particular translation. The fact that Gilgamesh dedicates his battle with Humbaba to the Sun-god, who is also the god of justice, indicates his own interpretation of Humbaba's nature (even though his own desire for a new source of wood, a precious commodity in the Mesopotamian flood-plains, seems to indicate a rather mundane ulterior motive...)
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:iconmrknifey:
although to be fair, with all of the 'god within' references throughout the text, its possible that his dedication to the sun god (and therefore the god posessing him, his father) may just be honouring the god within rather than stating it to be an enemy to the sun god(reflection/echo of christianized demons). total agreement about the variations in translator interpretations though:) cheetoze is a tit.
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:iconthe-darkwolf:
Very good point about the "god within" aspect! :nod:
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:iconmrknifey:
thanks:) love gilgamesh, its an awesome tale
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