- Middle Eastern (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
A demonic but friendly beast from the myths of ancient Mesopotamia. It has the body of a lion with the wings of a bird and an eagle’s head. Later, it was depicted as having a double eagle’s head. Its wings would create thunder and it would bring rain to benefit people. Sometimes it would hover over domestic animals to threaten to kill them.
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