… The terms Ego and Id had not yet been applied to the components
of the human psyche when Gilgamesh was written
but the self same dynamics are evident within it
and were clearly known about and well understood.
Curiously enough, Ekidu, contains an ‘id’.
Perhaps Freud, himself, was familiar with the Old Epic?
The two heroes of the epic who are, then,
actually two aspects of the same personality
meet in combat and, being perfectly matched, finally come to terms.
This appears to work for awhile but eventually fails.
Put simply, terms are ‘manufactured’ and based on ‘wants’ which are egoic,
whilst, the Id deals only in ‘needs’ which are ‘natural’ and,
therefore, also a part of the bigger picture
which the egoic will never be able to see…
As if there were not already enough food for thought of a psychological nature
within the structure of this ancient tale,
there may also be a folk memory of literally seizmic proportions in there too!
The Bull of Heaven was the Sumerian term
for the Zodiacal constellation of Taurus.
Leaving aside for a moment the question of quite how
such accurate Zodiacal knowledge was
acquired at this early date…
In the Epic of Gilgamesh,
the Bull of Heaven is mythologically depicted
as coming to earth with attendant catastrophic consequences
for the earth and its inhabitants:
earthquakes, tsunami’s, that sort of thing…
Is it beyond the realms of possibility that space debri,
in the form of a comet or asteroid,
striking the earth, could have been regarded as a fallen star system
and its effects recorded in the tale for posterity?