The Epic Of Gilgamesh, Religion Of Islam

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As the world develops, morality, ethics and the search of the meaning of life comes in to play. Thus, leading to the creation of cultures, beliefs, rituals, religions and philosophies in order to keep balance and peace in the world and the lives of individuals. Philosophers, authors, and religious authorities have influenced the world to lead our lives with morals and ethics. But how did we come about to wonder whether how we live our life is just or not? The epic of Gilgamesh, religion of Buddhism, the religion of Islam, and the teachings of Confucius are some different ways that individuals are taught to lead moral and ethical lives. Through the moral messages of epics, the guidance of both the Buddhist Eightfold Path and Islam’s Five Pillars, and Kongzi’s Analects’ teachings for attaining Wawei or “spiritual perfection,” which all could lead to the world attaining peace and purity. The epic of Gilgamesh is a myth or also known as “a poetic story” about a legendary hero that embarked on a journey to find immortality in order to revive his friend Enkidu. Enkidu had died because he was punished by the god of love, Ishtar, for “insulting her during the course of their adventures” (The Epic of Gilgamesh, 9). Witnessing the death of his friend Enkidu, Gilgamesh realizes that he is not immortal and decides to embark on a journey to find immortality for himself as well as reviving his friend. At the start of his journey, Gilgamesh is warned by a Goddess named Siduri that “he will
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