Mesopotamian - Babylonian female guardian spirits. In some accounts they are depicted as winged animals (bulls and lions) with human heads. They later degenerated into powerful demons which could turn into stone any person which merely looked at them. Their favourite targets were women and children to whom they brought plague. In some references, referred to as Lamassu, Karibatu, Karibatu, Lamassu, Lamassu, Lamast, Lamasta, Lamast(a), Lamastu, Sumerian Dimmea, Lambosi, Lambosi or Lamassu.

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