The Tyrant of Uruk…

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 “The Eternal City of Uruk…

See how its ramparts gleam like copper in the sun…

Climb the ancient staircases up stone more ancient than mind…

Approach the Temple of Eanna…

Sacred precinct of the Goddess Ishtar…

Her priestesses stand laughing and chatting flushed with joy…

Ready to serve mens’ pleasure for her honour…

Walk the Great Wall of Uruk…

The men-folk dressed in their splendour…

In fine linen and embroidered wool…

Their fringed shawls and wide belts brilliantly coloured…

Follow its leg-wearying course around the city…

Inspect the mighty foundations…

Examine the masonry…

How masterful is its construction…

Wallow in the land it encloses…

Its palm trees and gardens…

Its orchards and lakes…

The glorious palaces and temples…

The shops and market places…

The homesteads and public squares…

Every day is a festival in Uruk where people sing and dance in the streets…

The musicians of Uruk play incessantly on their drums and lyres…

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And in their bed chambers at night…

The young-folk cry themselves to sleep…”

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The Silent Eye’s Spring workshop for 2019

THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH

The Oldest written story known to man…
What spiritual treasures lie hidden in this, five thousand-year old, Epic?
What can this ancient civilisation teach us about the questions of existence?
Join us on this quest of a life-time, next April, to find out…

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‘Gilgamesh is among the greatest things that can ever happen to a person.’
– Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Fully catered weekend package, including room, meals and workshop: £235 – £260

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Lord of the Deep: The Quest for Immortality

26-28 April, 2019 – Great Hucklow, Derbyshire

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31 thoughts on “The Tyrant of Uruk…

  1. Reblogged on Google.com. I am loving The Lord of the Deep already. I am beginning to think I have read the story, interpreting it differently, so I am interested to see what sort of other interpretations come out of it. I think one could interpret it in a number of ways – ecologically, romantically, transformation of Gods and humans, and I am sure there are other interpretations too. This is genuinely exciting. Thank all of you who put so much work into making these special events so really great and memorable. What a way to spend part of your life!

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  2. Are there any working communes in England? What part of England is the best place, and perhaps the least expensive to live in? Just asking for now. Are caravans common there, and if so, are they individually sited, or are there parks with caravans in them? I am really taken with the place. Apparently my distant ancestors came from England. Any information is appreciated. Thank you kindly.

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      1. So cool. I did spend some time researching in Southwestern England. I thought it was interesting the different terms and what a “caravan” actually means. They are about 10 feet shorter in general than the ones here and also generally 10 feet wide, whereas the minimum here is 12 feet wide. I have to understand things better. The individual sites appeal to me most as the caravans in the parks are very close to one another. Interestingly, they are treated more as what we call motorhomes, for they all seem to have no skirting, and also the stairs are just open. Now a gypsy caravan . . . Whoo hooo!!! I will get to England before the clock strikes something . . .

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  3. Oh, I forgot. A working commune is one where the people work at different trades, some taking care of the cows, sheep, chicken or whatever that provide food, and they do the butchering. Then there are those who weave, those who quilt, those who make tools or keep the existing ones in good repair and shape, and some who watch any children and home school them, etc. They often make things like cheese and homemade goods that they sell to the public on farmers’ markets, etc. It is more what is being done in the U.S. today. Anyway, a good hopefully help for anyone else who might just be considering it. Oh yes, all the caravans seem to have some form of fireplaces, mostly electric from what I can tell. They have adequate bedrooms, and kitchens generally appear adequate but smaller than the ones here. Prices seem to be in keeping with prices here and I have not looked up the conversion for the park space rentals, but they give them for the year, and they seem to be decent. I am sure they are very safe and comfortable, and some say that they have club house activities, etc. I am under the impression that the Brits are a very neighborly people, so I am sure living in Britain could be very enjoyable if a person wanted to do that. Thank you again.

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  4. How Did I Get Here?

    Wow, my head is spinning. Since I started this study, I have been on so many adventures, and the thing that is happening now is that I don’t even necessarily go looking for related things for the most part. They are coming at me so fast that I feel as though I am on some sort of high speed track and where I will end up, I have no idea. Mind you, this is not a complaint. If anything, I feel a sense of light and peacefulness and definite joy at all these things. And as the days go by, it just keeps getting better. I want to thank all of you who take the time to put all this together; I could not be having a more meaningful and life changing experience.

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