One of the many tragedies that has arisen from the wars in the Middle East is the theft of antiquities dating back to the dawn of human civilization. During the US-led invasion of Iraq, many of that country’s museums were looted by thieves despite the efforts by the Pentagon and local museum authorities to stop such thefts. Since that time efforts have been underway to find and obtain the property that went missing, and thousands of pieces have since been recovered. This effort continues today.
One way that museums are attempting to recover their collections is to directly barter with smugglers, offering money for them to “intercept” relics before they leave the country to be sold on the black market. No questions asked, no charges pressed. It was through this means that a collection of clay tablets was returned to the Sulaymaniyah Museum. There were 80 or 90 tablets in this collection, and their provenance remains unknown.
Most interesting in this find is a tablet that has verses of the Epic of Gilgamesh that had never before been documented. Why is this of note for bigfooters and others who read my blog? Well, it’s possible that the Epic of Gilgamesh has the very first written depiction of a sasquatch.
Enkidu the wildman is a main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He lived with the herds (followed the deer?), drank with the animals at the water hole, and was created by Aruru, the Goddess, to teach Gilgamesh humility. All of these strike me as being very bigfooty.
In these newly-discovered tablets, there is another mention of a sasquatch-like being called Humbaba, the giant ogre that guards the cedar forest (sound familiar?). Enkidu and Gilgamesh eventually slay Humbaba, a fate that I don’t support for our modern-day giants that guard our cedar forests.
There are many paths to bigfooting, some of which lead back to the dawn of civilization. The longer I’m in the bigfoot game, the more intriguing it is, and the broader my horizons become. I think it’s pretty cool that bigfoot has had a possible presence, albeit a veiled one, in human history from the beginning of the written word.
To read more about the recovery of these tablets, as well as a summary of their contents, click this link.