Region of origin: Iran

The simurgh is an ancient, benevolent creature who has been reborn along with the earth several time and is said to possess the knowledge of one who has lived for thousands of years. She often appeared in stories to help kings and heroes, teaching them valuable lessons or skills (in one story introducing the cesarean section to humanity) or offering them three feathers which the human could use to call on her and overcome obstacles or adversaries. In most of these stories the simurgh holds a particular enmity against dragons and serpents. She represents purity and fertility, and roosts in Geokerena, the Tree of Life, whose leaves could be used to heal any disease and the source of all other plant life in the world, which the simurgh distributed as she flew from the tree.

Originally posted on Tumblr on August 7, 2016

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