Learn about Pazuzu, the ancient Mesopotamian demon of the wind, who fights evil with evil. Discover his origin, iconography, role, and function in the Near Eastern mythology and culture, and his influence in modern media and horror stories.
Mythology and folklore explore the rich and diverse stories and legends that humans have created and transmitted across time and space. These stories and legends often feature demons and other supernatural beings that reflect the fears, hopes, values, and beliefs of different cultures and societies. By analyzing the sources, influences, and interpretations of these myths and folktales, we can gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, as well as the historical, social, and psychological factors that shape it.
The article explores the combat myth, a theme of cosmic conflict between a heroic god and a monstrous enemy, in the ancient Near East and the biblical tradition.
Abaddon, the "place of destruction" is synonymous with Sheol in Proverbs and Job. In later writings, Abaddon is personified as the king of the abyss who can command an army of locusts to torment men.
The Harpies, called "the hounds of Zeus," were a group of feminine creatures with beaks and claws.
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins' journey into Xibalba as recounted in the Popul Voh.
Explore the historical evolution of the seraphim from the ancient Near East through the Bible and see how these beings transformed from winged serpents to heavenly singers.
In 1853, in the heart of ancient Nineveh, now known as Mosul in Iraq, a remarkable discovery lay in wait. English archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard, with the assistance of his Iraqi counterpart Hormuzd Rassam, uncovered an ancient library of the Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal. Among the myriad tablets inscribed with cuneiform, one narrative stood out: …
Ancient myths can capture our imagination and emotions with their timeless tales. For instance, picture an ancient Babylonian night, under the shade of a mulberry tree, where a heartbroken Pyramus finds the torn cloak of his beloved Thisbe, stained with blood and torn by a lioness. He believes she is dead, and in his despair, …