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.
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.
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: …