Ep. 10: Heroes and Humans

 

The first story ever written, the Epic of Gilgamesh, tells the story of a quest for immortality. This quest for meaning affects the lives of our current listeners as much as the heroes of epic. In the last episode of the season, you get one more chance to savor my dramatic storytelling, and a few more questions I don't have answers to. 

 

Shownotes

Alrighty, these are the last shownotes for this season. It’s bittersweet. These shownotes will be a little shorter than usual, since we didn’t have a full on ritual this season.

Do yourself a favor and go read more of the Epic of Gilgamesh. It’s kind of a weird situation because we don’t have any single complete version. We have a couple of different versions-- the Old Babylonian and the Standard Akkadian. There’s a great website where you can see which bits they’re pulling from where. It’s insanely cool. There’s also a bunch of Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh which you should look into if you’re interested.

 I drew this flow chart while I was chatting with the missionaries. It's a little difficult to read, but it helped me organize my thoughts.
This is what the Epic of Gilgamesh looks like. It's written on a tablet. I'm trying think of a joke about a tablet versus a Kindle. But I haven't come up with one. Whatever, it's cuniaform. 

A text that was invaluable to me through this season was Catherine Ball’s Ritual Theory, Ritual Practise. There’s a full PDF online that you can just read for free, which is utterly thrilling. One of my favorite things about this book is the really decent summaries she gives of theories of a bunch of other notable anthropologists. So you’ll get a good overview of a bunch of different perspectives, without having to gather a bunch of separate sources. Incredibly convenient.

 

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Thank you so much to all of the guests who appeared on the show. This project really wouldn’t have existed without them. And thank you to everybody who listened, y’all made this whole thing possible.

Did you need a gratuitously large picture of a hero (maybe Gilgamesh, it's hard to tell them apart) holding a lion? Yes. Yes, you did. Look at him. He's beautiful.