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By Charles Stanish
University of South Florida 

Feasting rituals – and the cooperation they require – are a crucial step toward human civilization

 

October 19, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is one of the earliest texts known in the world. It’s the story of a god-king, Gilgamesh, who ruled the city of Uruk in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium B.C. Within its lines, the epic hints at how the ancients viewed the origins of their civilization.

Gilgamesh’s antagonist, Enkidu, is described as a wild man, living with the beasts and eating grasses with the gazelles. But he’s seduced by a beautiful temple priestess who th...



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