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urmahlullû

by Micha F. Lindemans

"Lion-man." A hybrid creature, a lion-centaur, with the upper body and arms and hands of a man, and the lower body of a lion. He often wears the so-called "horned cap of divinity," indicating a divine status.

Representations of this creature were placed outside the rooms where priests would ritually cleanse their hands or bodies (ablutions rooms). In these, he would be seen fending off the attacks of the leonine demon Mukīl-rēš-lemutti, the "Evil attendant."


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  • Etymology:
    Lion-man

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