Humanistic Traditions Notes September 11

Humanistic Traditions Notes September 11 - Contemporary...

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Humanistic Traditions Notes September 11 The Epic of Gilgamesh Earliest literature artifact Archetypes: 1. Hero – Gilgamesh = humankind 2. Seeks answers for friend’s death, immortality 3. Must prove courage by overcoming obstacles and perils, darkness, “dragons” 4. Visits other world, realm of the dead, and returns For Gilgamesh and Mesopotamia the answer is there are no guarantees in life, no immortality/afterlife
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Unformatted text preview: Contemporary references: Life sucks, then you die Cultural Products Religion changes animistic to god-kings Priest full-time job Statuettes: votive offerings representatives to the gods (put in a good word while people take care of business) Architecture: Ziggurat or temple...
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