Read the following lines from Book V when Humbaba pleads for mercy.
“If any mortal, Enkidu, knows the rules of my forest, it is you. You know that this is my place and that I am the forest’s guardian. Enlil put me here to terrify men, and I guard the forest as Enlil ordains. If you kill me, you will call down the gods’ wrath, and their judgment will be severe. I could have killed you and the forest’s edge, I could have hung you from a cedar and fed your guts to the shrieking vultures and crows. Now it is your turn to show me mercy. Speak to him, beg [Gilgamesh] to spare my life” (Mitchell 125-126).
What does Humbaba’s rebuttal illustrate about Mesopotamian values?