Creature Compendium

Creature Compendium: Lamassu / Shedu

Lamassu / Shedu

The Forgotten Guardian by Ennaedwyn

The lamassu / shedu is a protective deity with the body of a winged bull, most commonly depicted with a bearded head, though female faced lamassu have also been found. The etymology of the name may suggest that the origin of the lamassu was a female deity. The oldest image appears in 3000 BC, and is thought to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia. Lamassu were carved at the entrances to to palaces and temples. Tablets with images of lamassu were also buried beneath the entrances to houses for protection. They are often depicted in pairs.

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Related Creatures: sphinx, harpy, centaur, gryphon

Regions of Origin: Mesopotamia (Sumer, Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian empires)

I couldn’t find any stories associated with the lamassu, only how its image was used. Most of the information on it is archaeological in nature, and perhaps the mythology was lost with time.


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