The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Teachings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancient Advice Can Help Guide Us to a Happier Life
used today. Siduri was pro-wine, pro-feasting, pro-music, pro-dancing, pro-joy, pro-sex and pro-family.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if more people today would heed Siduri's ancient advice?
In this book I have re-introduced Siduri's teachings, and the original Old Babylonian fragments into the
Epic of Gilgamesh, while using the later Akkadian text to fill in the gaps in the original story. I have tried
to remain faithful to the origina l events, concepts and philosophies our ancient ancestors found so
important. I have also included a discussion of Siduri’s teachings and how we can, if we so wish, live our
lives according to Siduri’s original ancient advice.
In this updated Third Edition I have re-written the Akkadian prose to more closely resemble the shortened
poetic verse of the Old Babylonian texts, added additiona l analysis of the rest of the Epic and inc luded a
new section at the end of the book that contains various informative discussions, from multiple
contributors, regarding Siduri's philosophies and underlying concepts within the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Discussions of Siduri and her philosophies are included in a few very short chapters at the beginning of
the book, analysis of the rest of the Epic is incorporated into Chapter 6, the complete text for the Epic of
Gilgamesh is conta ined within Chapters 7 to 9, and Chapter 10 contains the epilogue and the new
multiple contributor discussions section.
Chapter 2. Who Was Siduri?
Stone Relief of Siduri as a Goddess
To the ancient Babylonians Siduri was a Goddess of wine, merry-making and wisdom. She lived in a
tavern on the shore of the sea, beyond which was the "Land of Life". Siduri is referred to in the Epic of
Gilgamesh as "the Refresher" or "the girl whose drinks refresh the soul". However, despite being given
the status of a Goddess, it is probable that Siduri was just a regular girl who lived in Mesopotamia 5,000
years ago, and who's message resonated so strongly with so many people that over the hundreds of years
between her advice first being introduced into the Gilgamesh Epic and it actually getting recorded in
cuneiform on the Sippar tablet (following the first invention of writing by the Sumerians) that she became
increasingly seen as a supernatural God-like entity. Some refer to her as a "Prophet" as an honorary title
due to the impact her words have had on them and a “Sidurian” is simply one who tries to live the ir lives
according to Siduri’s ancient advice.
Siduri's teachings form the basis for Sidurism, the Church of Siduri and contemporary Sidurianist
philosophy. In addition to discussing Siduri and her teachings, this book also inc ludes the complete Epic
of Gilgamesh (contained in Chapters 7-9) which provides the background story which acted as a vessel