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On a two-year Fulbright in Nigeria, I studied the folk astronomy of Fulani cattle nomads. This, with earlier work in Senegal and Mali, led me to associate Virgo and Bo÷tes with Shamhat the Harlot and Enkidu the Wild Man from the standard Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh.

This eventually led me to form my present view of the relationship between certain classic constellations and the Epic’s central characters as represented in the star picture comparison chart on page 60, A Durable Tale.

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