Enkidu is the name of an important character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. Enkidu is a wild man, created by the goddess Aruru from clay and water at the behest of the other gods to be a rival for Gilgamesh. He grows up in the wild with the animals and is spotted one day by a hunter or a shepherd. Alarmed by what he sees, the hunter/shepherd sends word of this to Gilgamesh who sends the temple prostitute Shamhat to tame him with her feminine wiles, which she does for six days and seven nights, essentially bringing him into civilization. She later brings him to Gilgamesh where the two engage in a fight and become close friends after. Enkidu is later made sick by the gods for killing the Bull of Heaven and dies, inspiring Gilgamesh to search for immortality. Enkidu means “Enki’s creation” or “created by Enki” from Sumerian.