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Read the following lines from Book VII when Enkidu recounts his second dream.

When I entered [the underworld], I looked, and around me were piles of crowns, I saw proud kings who had ruled the land, who had set out roast meat before the gods and offered cool water and cakes for the dead. I saw high priests and acolytes squatting, exorcists and prophets, the ecstatic and the dull…. (Mitchell 144).

What does this description illustrate about Mesopotamian beliefs about the afterlife?


Rewards in the afterlife come only to those of power and those who perform good deeds.


Sinners are punished for their transgressions in the afterlife while good people are rewarded.


Death should not be feared.


Death is the great equalizer.


Death is not understood by humans.

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