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(The building of Ninĝirsu's temple, ETCSL t.2.1.7)
101-109 "In the dream there was someone who was as enormous as the heavens, who was as enormous as the earth. His head was like that of a god, his wings were like those of the Anzud bird, his lower body was like a flood storm. Lions were lying at his right and his left. He spoke to me about building his house, but I could not understand what he exactly meant, then daylight rose for me on the horizon."
Anzud describes himself in this way: "I am the prince who decides the destiny of rolling rivers. I keep on the straight and narrow path the righteous who follow Enlil's counsel."
The Sharur, that which brings forth light like the day. The perfect weapon which consumes the rebellious land like fire. Obliterator-of-the-mountains, the maintainer of the people in heaven and earth. The tireless one who never sleeps. No-resisting-this-storm, a falcon against the foreign lands whose wing bears the deluge of battle. The right arm of Lagash whose awesome radiance covers the Land."
One of many Sumerian Storm demons, the Imdugud are at the same time protective and dangerous. They are hung outside of doors and yet are the bringers of storms.
F.A.M. Wiggermann argues that Anzu is not a symbol of Ninurta. Rather, Anzu "represents another, more general power, under whose supervision they all operate. This higher power can only be Enlil, which is exactly what the Lugalbanda Epic and the Anzu myth tell us. Thus the posture of the lion-headed eagle, wings stretched out above the symbolic animals of other gods, becomes understandable: it is neither that of attack, nor that of defense, but that of the master of the animals."
the Anzud takes on the character of an early champion. In the next period the apotropaic power of the Anzud is attested not only by it’s frequent appearance on Sumerian temples but in Early Dynastic amuletswhich suggests that from early on, the creature was imagined as a benefactor and champion against hostile forces
Originally posted by roughycannon
Is it not common knowledge that most of these if not all are based on bugs and things like that?
I'm sure I saw an ancient aliens debunked program about 2 years ago talking about these things.
An enormous hurricane, irresistible, went before the hero, stirred up the dust, caused the dust to settle, levelled high and low, filled the holes. It caused a rain of coals and flaming fires; the fire consumed men. It overturned tall trees by their trunks, reducing the forests to heaps,
Earth put her hands on her heart and cried harrowingly; the Tigris was muddied, disturbed, cloudy, stirred up. He hurried to battle on the boat Ma-kar-nunta-ea; the people there did not know where to turn, they bumped into (?) the walls. The birds there tried to lift their heads to fly away, but their wings trailed on the ground.
The storm flooded out the fish there in the subterranean waters, their mouths snapped at the air. It reduced the animals of the open country to firewood, roasting them like locusts. It was a deluge rising and disastrously ruining the mountains.
Originally posted by Kantzveldt
reply to post by thePharaoh
No i don't think any arrow heads there. The Lapis Lazuli artifacts have the obvious association with the sky, and all seen considered to relate to the Anzu bird, which in it's aspects as a storm bird or Sar-Ur got up to some amazing exploits.
It was considered to have the essential nature of 'Demon', as is the Tibetan Khyung.