The Gilgamesh Mission: A Search for Natural Springs
Selfie in a Well, Casual Talk
This is a picture of myself and Localppl’s founder, Zain. Her signature curls have shrunk in size with the humidity and I swear she looks like a Bahraini Corrine Bailey Rae. It’s crazy! Anyway, we’re standing (with bare feet) inside a fresh water well, cooling down under date palms and leafy fig trees. The picture doesn’t capture the whole scene or highlight our s
weet and sweaty armpits but you can see we’re having fun.
Ask Ageel, Intellectual Appeal
Ageel, is a self-professed tour guide who finds us staring blankly at dormant springs by the Bahrain Fort sea-shore. He speaks to us about the advent of land reclamation on the island and its sad effects on natural water sources. Bahrain was known to have many fresh water springs (220 of them) but due to a lack of proper land planning and conservation awareness, they dwindled to the point of extinction. We now rely on artificially pumped water from wells. Ageel is kind enough to take us to one of these wells and show us around.
He reminds us that the well is part of someone’s private garden and although it’s causally guarded by farmers and cows, we should avoid disrespecting anyone and hurry. We tell Ageel that our heat induced delirium and thirst for water conservation (the irony) is enough of a defence for our lingering.
The Gilgamesh Mission, Poetic Associations
The epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of a man attains the secrets of immortality from a sacred island paradise called Dilmun, where old age, sickness, and death do not exist. There, copious amounts of sweet water flow throughout and carry flowers of immortality. Bahrain is(or was) said to be present day Dilmun.
In our attempt to relive the Gilgamesh Epic ( freelancers have a lot of free time), Zain and I learn that conservation is the flower of immortality and the secret to everlasting greatness.