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A winged creature of Iranian mythology in the form of a gigantic bird, sometimes with a dog's face and a lion's claws, depicted as a benevolent being using its wisdom and magical powers to provide help.

[Persian sīmorġ, from Middle Persian sēn murw, from Avestan saēna- mərəγa- : saēna-, a kind of raptor (probably an eagle or falcon); akin to Sanskrit śyenaḥ, eagle, falcon + mərəga-, bird; akin to Sanskrit mṛga-, deer (from Proto-Indo-Iranian *mr̥ga-, animal).]
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The rabble is like the sacred Simurgh, of Arabian fable -- omnipotent on condition that it do nothing.
(6) Among these symbols, Borges alludes to the Persian Simurgh that in the essay "El Simurgh y el aguila" (Nueve ensayos dantescos) is compared to the Eagle of Jupiter's Sky in Dante's Paradiso.
Some of her art pieces on display such as 'Bird' and 'Flying Simurgh' series, 'Majnu in Land' 'Dream land', 'Sleeping Lady' done in gouache on wasli, pointer on paper, debunks superstitious about black and white colours as shown in 'Freedom Inside Out' showing both negative and positive sides of life.
(34) The mythical bird, Simurgh or Simorgh was depicted in Iranian art as a winged gigantic creature in the shape of a bird that can carry an elephant or a camel; a kind of peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion and sometimes it is shown with a human face.
His Shahnama however, soared across oceans and time, like its mythical Simurgh, acquiring a life of its own, inspiring paintbrushes and pens from Victorian poet Mathew Arnold, to the Taliban's semi-literate mind.
On the other hand, there are indications that the origin of the Aleph might be a mystical experience, for example Simurgh, a Persian mystic bird that contains all birds or certain spheres described by medieval French theologian and poet Alain de Lille, spheres whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere (on Simurgh and the "conference of birds" see, e.g., Yaghoobi).
In this collection, he describes a group of birds (individual human souls) under the leadership of a hoopoe (spiritual master) who determine to search for the legendary Simurgh (phoenix) bird (God).
from the cliffside petroglyphs: the feather of Simurgh,
Such European zoomorphic vessels are based on Sasanian or Islamic prototypes, and this creature is really a magical simurgh of ancient Iran--hence its inclusion in the Islamic sale.
La Simurgh est encore loin mais les Oiseaux de Attar continuent de voler pensant sans doute a cette parole de Faulkner qui disait que " notre reve doit etre assez grand pour ne pas le perdre de vue en cours de voyage.