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Cedar Forest is the glorious realm of the gods of Mesopotamian
mythology. It is guarded by the demigod Humbaba and was once
entered by the hero Gilgamesh who dared cut down trees from its
virgin stands during his quest for immortality. The Cedar Forest is
described in Tablets 4-6 of the great Epic of Gilgamesh. Tablet
four tells the story of the journey to the cedar forest. On each
day of the six-day journey, Gilgamesh prays to Shamash; in response
to these prayers, Shamash sends Gilgamesh oracular dreams during
the night. The first is not preserved. In the second, Gilgamesh
dreams that he wrestles a great bull that splits the ground with
his breath. Enkidu interprets the dream for Gilgamesh: the dream
means that Shamash, the bull, will protect Gilgamesh.
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