|“||It once happened that travellers on a vessel noticed a bird. As he stood in the water, it merely covered his feet, and his head knocked against the sky. The onlookers thought the water could not have any depth at that point, and they prepared to take a bath there. The bird the travellers saw was none other than the Ziz. His wings are so huge that unfurled they darken the sun. They protect the earth against the storms of the south; without their aid the earth would not be able to resist the winds blowing thence. The fluid from it flooded sixty cities, and the shock crushed three hundred cedars.||„|
|— Unnamed Ancient Writer.|
Ziz is a giant griffin-like beast in Jewish folklore, said to be large enough to be able to block out the sun with its wingspan. It is considered a giant animal/monster corresponding to archetypal creatures.
While the Leviathan is the primordial creature of the seas, with Behemoth being the ruler of the land, Ziz is the primordial beast that rules the skies. Ziz's size is as monstrous as Leviathan herself. It is said that its ankles rest on the earth while its head reaches the very sky.
Powers and Abilities
Ziz was created by God with the pieces of Therion that He split apart during the Primeval Wars. Similar to the Leviathan and Behemoth, Ziz became known as one of God's many "pets." Ziz was also given rulership over the skies.
After the Apocalypse, Ziz's body will be used for food for the people of the New Jerusalem. The remaining flesh of Ziz will eventually come into contact with the remaining flesh of the other Primordial Beasts. This will then come into contact with the corpses of the Beast from the Sea and the Beast from the Earth when they are thrown into the Lake of Fire. This will bring upon the revival of the Primal Beast, Therion, but that's a story for another day.
Myths and Legends
Rabbis have said that the Ziz is comparable to the Persian Simurgh, while modern scholars compare the Ziz to the Sumerian Anzu and the ancient Greek Phoenix.
|“||I'm Ziz. Oh my, ahaha, there's no need to worry. I'll always, aaaalways protect you. Big bro is in a great mood!||„|
|“||Let me wrap you up in these wings of mine, okay~?||„|
|“||As long as I'm protecting you, we won't lose. That's fine, isn't it?||„|
|“||Ah... I couldn't protect you... I'm so useless...!||„|
|“||I... I have a dream. I'll cherish you, with all my heart. So... please, look after me. Keep protecting me...||„|