retold this story in his famous book named Shahnameh (Book of Kings).
Here is the summary of Ferdowsi’s story with illustrations by Pary Shahsamandi:
Many years ago, there lived an Arab ruler names Mardash who had a son with the name of Zahhak.
Zahhak was a really nice person until Ahriman, the Evil Spirit, persuaded him to kill his father.
After Mardash’s death, Zahhak became ruler. Ahriman once again appeared to him as a cook and made delicious meals for him.
Zahhak asked Ahriman what he wants as his prize for the wonderful meals
he had prepared.
Ahriman just asked Zahhak to kiss his shoulders. After Ahriman kissed Zahhak’s shoulders, he disappeard. But suddenly two vicious black snakes grew from Zahhak’s shoulders.
zahhak with his snakes Zahhok was terrified and didn’t know what to do with the snakes.
Ahriman once again appeared to him as a physician.
He told Zahhak that the only way to control the snakes is to feed them
human brain every day otherwise the snakes would eat Zahhak himself...
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