In the Epic of Gilgamesh Shamat is the temple prostitute, she is not considered to be a main character in the epic, but she still delivers a powerful message in her short appearance (shmoop). Gilgamesh sends Shamat to the wilderness to tame the man, who will later be introduced as Enkidu, Shamat uses her body to transform a wild beast into a civilized man (Role of Women). A women’s body is perceived as a transformation platform; the anatomy of the body is able to do a task that is incomparable to any task a hero can perform for another man (Role of Women).
Shamat is called to for help by Gilgamesh, but it is a “notorious trapper” who initially requests her assistance: “ Go set off to Uruk,/ tell Gilgamesh of this Man of Might/ he will give you the harlot Shamat (Epic of Gilgamesh 61+). The apparent fact that a trapper, who spends the majority of his life in the wilderness, knows of such a woman is an exampl...
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... to be won through Gilgamesh, while he does not reach his goals, women reach theirs through sexuality. The women are successful through their sexuality by strengthening women’s roles in this story. Each of the women use their sexuality in different ways and some uses are more accepted than others. The female citizens of Uruk, Shamhat, Ishtar, and Sirduri promote balance and provide wisdom that contributes to the great strides Gilgamesh and Enkidu make on their journey. Women have had to prove to man that they are the reason for a society to thrive. The women of Uruk prove that sexuality moves the figures in the culture of Mesopotamia to growth and progression. The Epic of Gilgamesh gives prime examples of the power of women. The power to control men with their body, mind, and spirit is the true example of how women are capable of maintaining a functional society.
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