Also known as Imdugud
- Middle Eastern (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
A mighty bird of Mesopotamia with the head of a lion and the beak of a bird. It is sometimes depicted as having a lion’s body with the head of one or two eagles and is winged. It creates whirlwinds and storms by flapping its wings and is symbolic of thunder, the coming of rain. One story tells of how the Anzu stole the tablet of destiny from the god Ea but was later killed by the Nunurta. Another earlier story tells of how Gudea the great ruler of Lagas had a dream by the god Ningirsu who appeared in the form on an Anzu and instructed him to build the E-ninnu (House of the Fifty Powers).
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