Imdugud is probably the correct reading of the Sumerian name of the supernatural bird, who is called Anzu in the Akkadian language...
This Mesopotamian Sumero-Akkadian beast is demonic but friendly, although he can breathe fire and water...
He is depicted as a storm-bird with the head of a lion, but sometimes depicted as a double eagle’s head.
Its wings would create thunder and it would bring rain...
Sometimes it would hover over domestic animals to threaten to kill them.
Anzu is the son of the bird goddess Siris...
Imgug's counterpart is the Griffin...
After a major conflict, the mother-goddess Belet-Ili was persuaded to give birth to a divine hero who would be able to defeat Anzu.
Belet-Ili brought forth Ninurta and sent him off into battle.
After a long and terrible battle, Ninurta pierced Anzu's lung with an arrow, and recaptured some sacrec tablets.
"Weapons stopped and did not capture Anzu amid the mountains
He (Ninurta) shouted out and instructed Sharur:
' Repeat to the far-sighted Ea the actions you have seen!
Ninurta was encircling Anzu
And Ninurta was wrapped in devastation's dust,
But when he set the shaft to the bow, drew it taut
And aimed the shaft at him from the bows curve,
It did not go near Anzu: the shaft turned back
As Anzu shouted at it:
"You, shaft that came, return to your reed thicket!
Bow frame, back to your copse!
Bow string, back to the ram's gut! Feathers, return to the birds!
He was holding the gods´ Tablet of Destinies in his hand,
And they influenced the string of the bow, the arrows did not come near his body.
Deadly silence came over the battle and conflict ceased.
Weapons stopped and did not capture Anzu amid the mountains."...
However, according to The Hymn of Ashurbanipal, Marduk is said to have killed Anzu...
See the Griffin:
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