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Bahamut or Bahamoot ( ; [2] In some sources, Bahamut is described as having a head resembling a hippopotamus or elephant.[3]


In Arabic mythology, Bahamut is a giant fish acting as one of the layers that supports the earth.[1] In [2]


According to Borges, Bahamut is the giant fish that Jesus beholds in the 496th night of the One Thousand and One Nights. Bahamut in this telling is a giant fish swimming in a vast ocean. It carries a bull on its head; the bull bears a rock, and above the rock is an angel who carries the seven stages of the earths. Beneath Bahamut is an abyss of air, then fire, and beneath that a giant serpent called Falak.[6]

Upon seeing Bahamut, Jesus (Isa) passes into unconsciousness:

At this sight Isa fell down aswoon, and when he came to himself, Allah spake to him by inspiration, saying, 'O Isa, hast thou seen the fish and comprehended its length and its breadth?' He replied, 'By Thy honour and glory, O Lord, I saw no fish; but there passed me by a great bull, whose length was three days' journey, and I know not what manner of thing this bull is.' Quoth Allah, 'O Isa, this that thou sawest and which was three days in passing by thee, was but the head of the fish; and know that every day I create forty fishes like unto this.'[6]

Borges cites the idea of Bahamut as part of a layered [2] He also draws parallels between Bahamut and the mythical Japanese fish Jinshin-Uwo.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e  
  2. ^ a b c d e  
  3. ^ a b Rose, Carol (2001). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York:  
  4. ^ Borges, 89.
  5. ^ Sykes, Egerton; Alan Kendall (1993). Who's Who in Non-Classical Mythology. London:  
  6. ^ a b  
  7. ^ Borges, 87.
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