Utnapishtim


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Noun1.Utnapishtim - favorite of the gods and grandfather of GilgamishUtnapishtim - favorite of the gods and grandfather of Gilgamish; survived the great flood and became immortal
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38) The parallel proposed by Wensinck is consistent with his suggestion that the encounter between Moses and the Servant of God in Q 18:65 is reminiscent of that between Gilgamesh and Utnapishtim in the Epic (11).
Gilgamesh's journey takes him to Utnapishtim (literally, "He Found Life"), the survivor of the great flood whom the gods had specially granted eternal life.
He ultimately encounters Utnapishtim, the Noah figure who tells the story of the Flood and informs Gilgamesh that mortals must perish.
Utnapishtim describes a plant growing at the bottom of the sea.
The heartbroken king seeks the advice of Utnapishtim and his wife, the only two mortals to whom the gods have granted eternal life.
He sets out on a perilous journey to find a wise man, Utnapishtim, chosen by the old gods to survive the great flood, who knows the secret of immortality.
This is a far cry from the earlier accounts (in the Gilgamesh and Atrahasis epics) where the gods plan the destruction of the world for reasons that are unclear, and where the protagonist, Utnapishtim, is saved as the result of a god's favoritism without any moral judgments being passed.
FaceOff's work, which draws on ancient myths and legends, replaces Noah with Utnapishtim, who is granted immortality by the Gods for saving two of every animal.
In tablet nine of the epic of Gilgamesh, for instance, the hero reaches the two mountains of Meshu, where the scorpion men guarding the area tell him that no mortal has reached this place before and explain to him that the way to get to Utnapishtim is via an underground route that leads him to a paradisiacal region.
Looking through the eyes of Siduri and Utnapishtim, then, the epic replaces the erotic gaze of Tablets I-VI with the vision of Gilgamesh's repulsive appearance.
The second chapter deals with "Gilgamesh's Coming of Age," where Harris argues that the king's travel to Utnapishtim is a metaphorical rite of passage, marking his transition from childhood to adulthood, echoing the often-stated summary of the epic as a story about "growing up.
In an early form, this Gilgamesh tale did not include the Utnapishtim episode.