@mal I have to admit I've only read *about* it, never actually read it - but from what I understand, I don't think it's gay at all! Rather, Platonic male relationships were just experienced and talked about very differently back then.
And the Babylonians/Akkadians didn't have all the subsequent Abrahamic religions' Weird Sex Rules™, so they wouldn't have skirted around G and E's sexuality if they'd wanted to make them gay.
Happy to be corrected, if wrong!
before gil meets enkidu there's a metaphor gil has that is meant to foreshadow his meeting and befriending enkidu, in which he finds an axe which he picks up and would keep by his side and would "love it as he did a woman"
plus in general there wasn't really language that existed to describe being gay at the time
Also when I say they didn't have the language what I mean is that if two men were in love that would just be what is portrayed, they wouldn't describe it as "gay" or "homosexual" or etc
Not to mention the hundreds of years of scholarship in which they desperately avoided interpreting anything as gay which could be avoided
@mal Ah, like, so they had ways to talk about gay sex - but not non-sexual gay love? That's really interesting - and quite plausible, I think, given some of the content! If so, I wonder if it's equally so for straight or envy relationships?
@mal Yeah, true, it does seem a bit unreasonable to just say "they probably just interpreted things differently" - when centuries of Abrahamic scholars have been wilfully misinterpreting ancient gay literature!
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