Also known as Shah-Mar.
- Middle Eastern (culture)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Cave Dweller (attribute)
- Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
The king of snakes in Armenian legend. He lives in the high mountains and features in a story of a man called Purto. Purto once was travelling in the mountains and took shelter in a cave where the Shah-Mar lived. Purto gave an offering for the serpent’s hospitality and the Shah-Mar in return gave Purto a special stone. Purto used this stone to pay off his debts. He then brought a flock of sheep to offer to the Shah-Mar who then gave Purto another stone which he used to buy a house. The king of Kilikia called Kayen told Purto to have this magical snake heal his sores. The snake told Purto to eat this special flower and ate one himself. He then got Purto to give him some seven-year-old wine and then asked Purto to decapitate him. Purto using the Shah-Mar’s instructions made a potion out of the left and right side of the snake’s brain and put them into two bottles. These were brought to Kayen who had his doctor drink the one made from the right brain. This potion took life and the doctor died. After much persuasion, Kayen drunk the left one which restored life and his sores were healed. Although the Shah-Mar gave up his life it is believed that he could regenerate himself from a small piece of flesh.
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