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Shamhat’s civilizing of Enkidu is culturally significant because


the humanization of Enkidu shows the theme that metamorphosis is an integral part of understanding the human cycle and of garnering social acceptance.


of the way in which Enkidu is tamed, which indicates that Mesopotamians believe that sex is part of the human experience and a way to connect intimately with others.


her transformative powers demonstrate the meddlesome nature of all gods in Mesopotamian culture.


of Shamhat’s status as a female priestess, which indicates that women have just as much power as men in Mesopotamian society.


of the way in which he was deceived, which indicates that Mesopotamians regard their gods as creatures of both virtue and trickery.

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