Mušḫuššu is a creature of the Babylonian Mythology. While not being very well-known itself, it gave rise to the Hydra, and consequentially the Hydra Constellation. It was defeated by the prophet Daniel through poisoning in the Biblical Book of Daniel.
It originates from the Babylonian Mythology. It was first discovered on the walls of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, among other creatures, some mythological and some not.
It has the appearance of a Dragon with feline forelegs and the hind legs of an eagle. Its neck is long, and it has a horned head with a crest and a snakelike tongue.
Archeologist Robert Koldewey believed that the Mušḫuššu was a real animal, due to its appearance never changing on Babylonian art over the hundreds of years. It has come to a conclusion that the creature most closely resembles the real-life extinct Iguanodon.
In popular culture
- In the games Final Fantasy X (2001), XI (2003) and XIII (2010), the Mušḫuššu is an relatively high-leveled enemy.
- In the 2005 game Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, the Mušḫuššu is an enemy, a type of Manticore.