Tablet ten[ edit ] Gilgamesh meets alewife Siduriwho assumes that he is a murderer or thief because of his disheveled appearance. After Gilgamesh asks his god Shamash for protection, and both he and Enkidu equip themselves, they leave with the elder's blessing and counsel.
Gilgamesh tells her about the purpose of his journey. Now he sees that the city he had repudiated in his grief and terror is a magnificent, enduring achievement—the closest thing to immortality to which a mortal can aspire.
This experience changed him for the better. He takes this information and starts to appreciate everything about his life and his kingdom.
In this way, water is used in a baptismal manner. Utnapishtim explains that the gods decided to send a great flood. He built magnificent ziggurats, or temple towers, surrounded his city with high walls, and laid out its orchards and fields. The story of Utnapishtim, the hero of the flood mythcan also be found in the Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis.
Possibly another version of the contents of the Yale Tablet, practically irrecoverable.