The Anunnaki Hybrid Dragon, Mushussu. The Mušḫuššu formerly also read as sirrušu, sirrush is a creature depicted on the reconstructed Ishtar Gate of the city of Babylon, dating to the 6th century B.C. As depicted, it is a mythological hybrid a scaly dragon with hind legs resembling the talons of an eagle, feline forelegs, a long neck and tail, a horned head, a snake-like tongue, and a crest. The form mušḫuššu is the Akkadian nominative of the Sumerian meaning “reddish snake” sometimes also translated as “fierce snake”. One author, possibly following others, translates it as “splendor serpent” The mušḫuššu is the sacred animal of Marduk and his son Nabu during the Neo-Babylonian Empire. It was taken over by Marduk from Tishpak, the local god of Eshnunna. The constellation Hydra was known in Babylonian astronomical texts as, Bashmu, “the Serpent” It was depicted as having the torso of a fish, a tail of a snake, the forepaws of a lion, the hind-legs of an eagle, with wings, and with a head comparable to the mušḫuššu dragon.
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