He also represented the southwestern wind, the bearer of storms and drought. Pazuzu is often depicted as a combination of diverse animal and human parts. He has the body of a man, the head of a lion or dog , talons of an eagle , two pairs of wings, a scorpion 's tail and a serpentine penis. He has his right hand up and left hand down.
Pazuzu is the main antagonist in The Exorcist horror novels and film series , created by William Peter Blatty. Blatty derived the character from Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, where the historic Pazuzu was considered the king of the demons of the wind, and the son of the god Hanbi. Pazuzu is often depicted as a combination of animal and human parts with his right hand pointing upwards and his left hand downwards. He has the body of a man, the head of a lion or dog , eagle -like taloned feet, two pairs of wings, a scorpion 's tail, and a serpentine penis. The demon is later revealed to be Pazuzu; though never explicitly stated to be the demon, two references were made about his statue, which was uncovered in the prologue by Father Lankester Merrin in northern Iraq. After Regan's mother worries about her daughter being possessed, Merrin and Karras arrive at her house and perform an exorcism on Regan and successfully force the demon out of Regan's body.
A hybrid mythological being
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Pazuzu is the name of a very powerful demon that is the most prominent villain of the Exorcist series of films. Based upon the demon of religious lore, Pazuzu is depicted as being a very high-tier demon that serves as king of the demons of the wind. Within the series, Pazuzu's archenemy is Father Lankester Merrin , a gifted priest who battled with the demon himself for the lives of more than one of Pazuzu's victims and ultimately gave his life in the effort to free a little girl named Regan MacNeil from Pazuzu's grasp. Though Pazuzu masquerades as his master, Lucifer, Father Merrin recognizes his old enemy as the demon recognizes and fears him. To attack his enemies, Pazuzu typically employs not only physical pain but also psychological attacks crafted from Pazuzu's reading of the victim's past. Being a Judeo-Christian demon, Pazuzu was created as an angel to worship and serve God.