Essay on The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Religion Of Buddhism

1218 Words Sep 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Humans have always felt emotions and had conscience in everything that they do. As the world develops, humans start to develop cultures and different beliefs about religion. Because of the certain beliefs, people have been united as one to form the first civilizations of the world. As time goes on, these civilizations begin to form moral judgments that may have come from certain values and norms. 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? Since humans are concerned in “finding the meaning of life and confronting the reality of death,” (Epic, 8) they start to practice religion through vocal poetries and setting guidelines for themselves in order to reach salvation or enlightenment. The epic of Gilgamesh and the religion of Buddhism are two different ways that an individual is taught to lead moral and ethical lives through the moral messages of an epic and through the guidance of a religion.
The epic of Gilgamesh is a myth or also known as “a poetic story” about a legendary hero who went on a journey to find immortality in order to revive his friend Enkidu. Enkidu dies because he was punished by the god of love, Ishtar for “insulting her during the course of their adventures” (Epic, 9). Gilgamesh finally understands that he is not immortal, he decides to embarks on a journey to find immortality to revive his friend. But…

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