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This photograph was taken in a village in Belgium, of a small castle that has or so it appears to have a winged bull, or lamassu, on one of its small towers .
From Wikipedia :
A lamassu is a mythical creature and is a protective deity, often depicted with a bull or lion's body and ears, eagle's wings, and a human's face or head. In some writings, it is portrayed to represent a female deity.The lamassu is a celestial being from Mesopotamian mythology. Human above the waist and a bull below the waist, it also has the horns and the ears of a bull. It appears frequently in Mesopotamian art, sometimes with wings. The lamassu and shedu were household protective spirits of the common Babylonian people. Later during the Babylonian period they became the protectors of kings as well always placed at the entrance. Statues of the bull-man were often used as gatekeepers. The Akkadians associated the god Papsukkal with lamassu and the god I�um with shedu.
To protect houses, the lamassu were engraved in clay tablets, which were then buried under the door's threshold. They were often placed as a pair at the entrance of palaces. At the entrance of cities, they were sculpted in colossal size, and placed as one at each side of the door of the city.
August 7th, 2012
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