The Divine Rights Of Kings In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In ancient times, when humans are in the infant stage of development of human history, humans’ understandings of nature are just only based in their imagination. While facing the powerful forces of nature, people are aware of their own strength is pretty small, and their fate is controlled by an invisible power-- they called this unknown force “god”. With the passage of time, people seem to foresee the possibility of overcoming nature, and they begin to look forward to their own peers, a powerful figure, to complete the great cause of beating nature. The emergence of priests shows the beginning of religion. When it comes to priest, the first thing come up with the most people’s mind is “The divine right of Kings” in British, which refers to the god empowers Kings with the rights to manage citizens. Date back to the era of Babylon, the time of the first written form of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, “The divine right of Kings” had already loomed. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh, the great king of Urk in the history, had decreed density of king. He had “given the supreme power over people, victory form with no fugitive returns, in forays and assaults from which there is no going back.”( ,24) But at the same time, the right of king was also retracted by gods. After Gilgamesh’s royal friend Enkidu died, he placed his hope on the everlasting life. In his journey of pursuing everlasting life, even he found the mysterious plant that enable human to restore lost youth

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