Lamashtu is an evil demon who preys upon unborn and newborn children. She had a hairy body, a lioness' head with donkey's teeth and ears, long fingers and fingernails and the feet of a bird with sharp talons.

She is often shown standing or kneeling on a donkey, nursing a pig and a dog, and holding snakes.

Pregnant women often wore amulets of Pazuzu, the demon who fought against Lamashtu.


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