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The divine alewife Siduri appears in the Old Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, where she offers these words of advice to Gilgamesh before he undertakes his final journey in search of eternal life:

When the gods created mankind,
they fixed Death for human beings,
and retained Life in their own hands.
Now, you, Gilgamesh, let your stomach be full!
Rejoice day and night,
make a party of each day,
dance in circles day and night!





Source: Maureen Gallery Kovacs, The Epic of Gilgamesh (Stanford Stanford University Press, 1989).

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