In the tale of The Epic of Gilgamesh women play a prominent role throughout the book. They give advice and guidance to our main characters Gilgamesh and Enkidu. In the tale women play multiple important roles as a harlot, a maternal advisor, and a goddess.While women in this time in history may not have been the most idolized gods or looked at as the best the still had some importance in their culture.
Shamhat is the harlot in the epic who had sex with Enkidu for seven days and six nights, after Enkidu was spotted by trappers. Afterwords Enkidu could not return to other animals and had to learn how to act like a normal man.
In the epic Ninsun is a caring and a loving mother for Gilgamesh and is also the counselor that helps guide Gilgamesh. At the beginning of the tale Ninsun gives Gilgamesh guidance with the two dreams he had the days before. In those dreams he dreamt of an axe and a meteor and seeks guidance from Ninsun she tells him the those dreams mean something good will soon come into his life. “The axe, which you saw, which drew you so powerfully like the love of a woman, that is the comrade whom I give you.” When Gilgamesh and Enkidu go to the cedar forest to fight Humbaba, Ninsun prays to Shamash, the sun God, to protect Gilgamesh and Enkidu on their adventure. This shows the motherly role in the epic. Without Ninsun role in the epic Gilgamesh would have never known about Enkidu and they would have never gon on their adventure.