- Middle Eastern (culture)
- Celestial (attribute)
- Flying (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
The Kusarikku is a creature from Akkadian legend born from the sinister goddess Tiamat and the god Ansu. The Kusarikku has the upper-half of a man and the lower-half of a bull. Sometimes this beast is shown with wings. He was born with ten other creatures that were led by Qingu to destroy Marduk, the sun god after Marduk had slain Tiamat. However the eleven monsters and Qingu were routed in an epic battle. A modern day Satanic cult called The Temple of Black Light contains a ritual for sorcerers call upon the power of Tiamat to summon Kusarikku and the other ten creatures in a sacrificial ritual of eleven black candles.
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