Divine Storm-bird, Personification of Southern Wind and Thunder Clouds
Earth & Waters of Apsu (natural parents), Siris (human father)
Anzû usually manifests as a gigantic black thundercloud in the shape of an eagle, but is also depicted as a massive man-bird hybrid who can breathe fire and water. He is alternately known to appear as a lion-headed eagle (the lion’s roar representative of thunder).
- Most known for stealing the Tablet of Destinies from Enlil and hiding them on a mountaintop (Sumerian/Akkadian]
- Played a role in Babylonian cosmogony by stripping the father of the gods of umsimi (the “creative organ” or “phallus”), rendering him impotent
- cf. the genital mutilation of Ouranos by Kronos in Greek mythology, and of Osiris by Set in Egyptian mythology