Shamhat was the priestess of Ishtar, the great goddess of love and war. She was hired by Gilgamesh to tame Enkidu as Enkidu was not civilized in any way and had come to be Gilgamesh's soul brother and companion. Shamhat was a hierodule and was asked to seduce Enkidu and use her charming ways to make a man out of Enkidu, the animal like. Shamhat, being a hierodule, is a woman dedicated to Priesthood and God. Hence, she would only deal with the godly. She was allocated the task of making Enkidu aware of the human nature and lifestyle, which was different from the animal world that he was coming from. Shamhat had tactically and implicitly understood the path that she would have to take towards the betterment of Enkidu. She revealed to him what is woman is. She showed Enkidu the caring and sharing that a woman portrays and brings into the world. She brings to his notice the origin of life and love. Shamhat allowed him to make love to her for six days and seven nights and burned within him a human (male) desire. She gave him the feeling of satiety. Shamhat did all this for none of her
She takes Enkidu beyond the horizons of life that he had before that time. She made him a full man. Her selfless attitude towards her job made it something different than a job. She did everything for him without any motive but Enkidu's betterment. Shamhat portrays an undoubtingly selfless and a loving character. She acts as an inspiration for Enkidu and helps him begin his journey of life with humans in his own way and by making his own choices. She introduces Enkidu with his identity and makes him feel important.
Enkidu learns a lot from Shamhat. The impact of those few days with Shamhat was very vast and it, virtually, made him a human being from the animal that he was. She made him eligible to go to Gilgamesh and be his soul brother.
Gilgamesh met Siduri in her cottage by the sea on his journey to find Utnapishtim. Gilgamesh was devastated by Enkidu's death. The immense grief and excruciating pain and also fear for death, that it caused to him had made him eager to seek immortality. Gilgamesh met Siduri in a very delicate state of mind. He had just witnessed the death of his soul brother and only friend. Life had brought him to a stage where he could gain some humanity and get rid of his selfish, arrogant attitude. He met Siduri by...