After hearing Enkidu’s curses to the trapper and Shamhat, Shamash says
Enkidu, why are you cursing the priestess Shamhat? Wasn’t it she who…. gave you splendid Gilgamesh as your intimate friend? He will lay you down on a bed of honor, he will put you on a royal bier, on his left he will place your statue in the seat of repose, the princes of the earth will kiss its feet, the people of Uruk will mourn you, and when you are gone, he will roam the wilderness with matted hair, in a lion skin” (Mitchell 147-148).
What is the significance of Gilgamesh’s characterization in this passage?