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Anzu

Anzu, Ninurta with his thunderbolts pursues Anzû stealing the Tablet of Destinies from Enlil's sanctuary (Austen Henry Layard Monuments of Nineveh, 2nd Series, 1853)
Ninurta with his thunderbolts pursues Anzû stealing the Tablet of Destinies from Enlil’s sanctuary (Austen Henry Layard Monuments of Nineveh, 2nd Series, 1853)

Zu, or Anzu in Persian and Sumerian, is a lesser divinity of Akkadian mythology, and the son of the bird goddess Siris. Both Zu and Siris are seen as massive birds who can breathe fire and water, although Zu is alternately seen as a lion-headed eagle (cf: The Griffin).

The Anzu was a servant of the chief sky god Enlil, (possibly previously a symbol of Anu), from whom Anzu stole the Tablet of Destinies, so hoping to determine the fate of all things. In one version of the legend, the gods sent Lugalbanda to retrieve the tablets, who in turn, killed Anzu. In another, Ea and Belet-Ili conceived Ninurta for the purpose of retrieving the tablets. In a third legend, found in The Hymn of Ashurbanipal, Marduk is said to have killed Anzu.

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Creatures with the body of a four-winged eagle, its rigid feathers greasy and dripping black oil. Their head is that of a fiendish lion, from whose toothy mouth seethes green mist. These favored of Pazuzu constantly seek to steal powerful magical items. Though intelligent, they often serve as mounts for demons and powerful mortals in return for magical items.

See Also Demon Prince Pazuzu

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