Ziz

Ziz

The Ziz (Hebrew: זיז) is a giant griffin-like bird in Jewish mythology, said to be large enough to be able to block out the sun with its wingspan. It is considered a giant animal/monster corresponding to archetypal creatures. Rabbis have said that the Ziz is comparable to the Persian Simurgh. Behemoth, Leviathan and Ziz were traditionally a favorite decoration motif for rabbis living in Russia.

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