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Asag ("demon that causes sickness") was a terrible chtonian demon from Sumerian legend responsible for draught and plague.


In the Sumerian mythological poem Lugale, Asag is described as being so hideous that his presence makes fish boil alive in the rivers.

"Large, round, three-legged, three-armed creature with no neck and :several eyes covering their entire bulk. Has dark, hardened skin that :feels like rock when touched. Almost indestructible."


He was said to be accompanied into battle by an army of rock demon offspring - born of his union with the mountains themselves. He was defeated by the god Ninurta.

See also

Asag was often associated with the serpent or dragon mythological archetype by historians. [edit] References


Jeremy Black and Anthony Green: Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary