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Essay heading: The Epic of Gilgamesh on Immortality and Its Ramifications
 
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When the Bull of Heaven is sent to Uruk from the gods, Gilgamesh and Enkidu slay it quickly by stabbing a sword into the Bull's neck (Gilgamesh 82). If the Bull of Heaven is a god, then clearly the gods can be killed. The Bull of Heaven also seems to be a guardian of sorts for the gods, which implies the gods need protection...
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Later the story describes a flood-weapon that gods are actually fearful of (Gilgamesh 113), perhaps because it could bring about their death. This all makes an interesting distinction between immortality and invincibility ? although life might continue forever if left alone, it is not necessarily incapable of being stopped...
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