The Epic of Gilgamesh

In Gilgamesh, how does Shamat tame Enkidu?


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Shamhat follows the teachings of Ishtar. As a result, she is not above using her feminine wiles to seduce man for purposes other than love. When the trappers have trouble with Enkidu removing the animals from their traps, they ask Shamhat to seduce him. Enkidu's encounter with Shamhat causes him to become more civilized, especially when she introduces him to food, drink, and clothing. Note, Enkidu later curses Shamhat for civilizing him and placing him in a position to become a target of punishment by the gods.


The Epic of Gilgamesh