Apocalyptic Survivors In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Apocalyptic Survivors
Each of the sacred texts of Christianity, Greek Polytheism, Ancient Macedonian Religion, and Judaism outlines an apocalypse myth which illustrates a near end of the world, and in each myth, the gods or God select survivors. Although each religion is unique, there are some stark similarities among the myths including the methods used to attack the world and the way the survivors rescue themselves and others. Some religious texts portray one person saving people who will repopulate the Earth, but others describe a group of people or even a small population withstanding the apocalypse. Investigating several religious texts reveals that even though some apocalyptic trends remain constant throughout each belief, the selection and utilization of humans by the higher power changes slightly between each myth. The Epic of Gilgamesh contains an apocalyptic myth where a god indirectly chooses a survivor to rescue the human race, and he receives a blessing from the gods in return for his bravery and success. In the epic about ancient Mesopotamian religion, Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh the story of how he became immortal after surviving the gods’ downpour. Utnapishtim lived on the banks of the Euphrates in a town called Shuruppak “when the great gods decided to send down the Deluge.” Each of the gods swore on this plan, and chose to keep it secret. However, one god named Ea yelled his swear at a wall: “‘Abandon wealth and seek survival! Spurn property, save life!

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