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01-12-2009, 04:59 AM
Hi there.

I'm posting a link to a translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh dated 2500 - 4000BC. I believe it's original date is earlier. It's considered the oldest known myth and is the original source (known) of a flood epic, reference to afterlife etc.

The reason I post it is the nature of the tale. I won't bore on too much but a couple of elements will be familiar to students of alchemy.

Gilgamesh is referred to as one third human two thirds God.
Body, Soul and Spirit perhaps?

It immediately refers to a secret, the secret of eternal life which through the course of the tale Gilgamesh seeks and discovers in a plant located at the bottom of the sea. He recovers it only to have a serpent eat it. Again this is familiar.

I believe this is an alchemical text and it puts in perspective just how ancient the subject is and how often you find it in the most obvious places. The translation is fragmented and composed from three different sources - all ancient to an extent - so it isn't the easiest read but all the things you find hinted at in later works are located within.


Cheers PodWORLD :)

01-12-2009, 01:38 PM
Sumerian stuff in general is quite interesting. Have a look at this thread:

Ningishzidda (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=4)