Gilgamesh Mishmash

Traveling on in history, we studied the Epic of Gilgamesh.


This ancient and epic poem bears remarkable similarities to several Biblical events. One hero falls asleep under a tree, where a serpent robs him of eternal life. Another man is told by the gods to build a big boat for an upcoming flood.  By obeying, he saves his family and the animals onboard.


This ancient story is a noteworthy example of the convolution caused by the “grape vine effect”.  The children and I discussed how our scriptures are divinely inspired, and how God has preserved their integrity through the ages. To explain the distortion of the secular versions, we played a version of telephone.


Calling Kaira aside, I relayed a detailed story. I then did our language arts lesson before asking her to retell the tale to Kendra. Despite Kaira’s excellent memory, several details were left out, and a few facts even changed.


Kendra then retold the story to me. It had become convoluted–almost to the point of being a different tale–yet it retained a marked similarity to the original.



4 thoughts on “Gilgamesh Mishmash

  1. I never heard of Gilgamesh until my freshman year of college. Isn’t homeschooling wonderful? Your telephone game was a great idea!

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  3. those Prairie Tadpoles sure learn some deep stuff!
    It is good while they are young to reinforce the integrity maintained in the scriptures so they ahve those lessons to draw from as they grow older….

  4. I was reading a kids’ version of the Epic of Gilgamesh this morning, while I was killing time waiting for family to gather for a wedding tomorrow. It’s a good tale–although the original is rated R (at least). The kids’ version I was reading was very “tasteful.”

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