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The Sumerian tradition

Prompt God with words at the appropriate time. - Sumerian Text

Sumerian writing dates back to 5000 BCE. The earliest hero in recorded history, Gilgamesh, asked, "What is the meaning of life?" According to historians, King Gilgamesh reigned in Sumer circa 2650 B.C. as part of the Mesopotamian civilization in the fertile crescent that stretched from the Persian gulf to the Mediterranean. The Epic of Gilgamesh depicts the King as two-thirds divine and one third human. The esoteric teaching of his adventures focuses on the internal struggle between Good and Evil, the relationship between man and the gods, the attainment of immortality and includes the cataclysmic inundation of the plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris. This deluge myth would reappear in later traditions as Noah and the Ark.