On May 10th, 2010, about fifteen minutes after I first read the press release about our Neanderthal genes, I had about five million isolated pieces of information I had gathered over fifty years come together in an epiphany so strong I thought I would faint. The first thing I thought of was the Curse of Humbaba. It all came back to me so sharply it was like someone had adjusted the focus on my brain for the first time in my life. So many things that had never made any sense to me, suddenly were so obvious it was impossible to deny the connections.
"Enkidu, rodeo clown, bullback rider, bastard son who does not know his own father! We the gods see now you are the most dangerous of Enki's creations! You alone were given craft, memory, clairvoyance, inference, discernment, creativity ... as a joke! We believed no creature who was made subject to the female would ever challenge the gods! How could a creature who has his dog to sleep in his bed ever raise his hand against us! We see now it was a mistake we shall rectify!
"The other races of Enki were all instilled with flaws in their nature that insured they would never rebel against their masters and counterbalanced to make certain they would bicker amongst themselves. We knew that 'the wrestler,' the 'man with no waist', the wild man of the forest, the 'little professor' as we call him in the heavens, was the only man who would ever challenge us! For this reason, we shall bring the nightmare of Gilgamesh to pass. The black ash and the 'burning sky' shall obliterate this generation of men and when the sky clears, the race of the Enkidu shall be no more, it will be a living ghost, you shall never know peace, Enkidu! Gilgamesh, you love your brother and think you will never be separated from him, yet we will blot out his memory under the heavens and the day will come when you shall not recognize Enkidu even if he was standing right in front of you! The gods have decreed that the Enkidu will pass out of human memory and be forgotten as though they had never existed!"
- The Curse of Humbaba, from THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH