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 Gilgamesh departed Uruk and went to seek out Ziusundra, a sage who had been alive since leading many animals into an ark before a deluge that murdered everyone on earth came. He was said to be the only human being who had survived the massive storm. He, for decades, wandered all through the deserts. The epic describes his movement during the journey as “groveling along pathetically”, and though a demigod; he was tasked with the same mission of all mere human beings, overcoming death (Kline, 2016). Kline’s statement highlights the fundamental desire of those humans who are omnipotent leaders, the desire for that power to live perpetually. He progressed in his journey with “idiocy that exceeded that of a human,” putting aside his power, authority, pride, and ego. He passes through mashtu, the hills that were believed to guard the rising and setting sun. This was seen as him having reached the ends of the earth in his quest. After that, he had to pass through lands no mortal man had ever gone through, but despite the warning by the guardian of the gate, Gilgamesh goes through. The region is covered in a pitch-black darkness that only got worse as he went further. He just sees the light after eleven leagues and finally arrives at the gods’ garden.

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 Here he meets Siduri who discourages her that the mat will never attain eternal life. Fear of death was not his only motivator, but also his hate for it, for taking away his only friend. So he does not pay any attention to what Siduri says and demands help to find Utnapishtim. She directs him to Urshanabi, the ferryman connecting to Utnapishtim as no mortal man could just cross the sea without help. He helps set up a boat, which he had destroyed in anger.