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Before Enkidu is buried, Gilgamesh fattens oxen and sheep to be butchered and lays his best weapons from his armory on the burial bier.
Gilgamesh’s crazed belief that his friend is still alive and will use these items upon his revival.
the Mesopotamian belief that sustenance and offerings were important for honoring the dead and ensuring the deceased’s comfort in the afterlife.
Gilgamesh’s denial of his friend’s death and hope that he will wake up from death soon.
the Mesopotamian belief that one can be resurrected through a series of rituals.
Gilgamesh’s extreme mourning and offerings to the gods to bring back his friend.