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For the dragon of the role-playing game, see Bahamut (Dungeons & Dragons). For the Final Fantasy creature, see Bahamut (Final Fantasy).
Bahamut (Arabic: بهموت‎ Bahamūt) is a giant omnipotent being in Arabian mythology. Bahamut rides on a giant whale creature called Liwash that resides in a vast sea, the Adwad. He supports a huge bull named Kujuta who supports a rock of ruby, atop which stands an angel who supports the seven heavens.
1 Origin
2 Bahamut in fiction and popular culture
3 See also
4 References

[edit] Origin
It was said when a prophet looked unto it he fainted for three days losing control of all his senses.[1]
Bahamut is originally an aquatic figure of Arabic mythology.[1] Bahamut is an enormous overpower that resides in a vast sea.
Kuyūthā is the bull which rides atop the giant sea creature Liwash in some versions of one medieval Islamic cosmology. Kuyutha is described as having 4,000 eyes, ears and feet and it would take a journey of 500 years to go from one eye to another, or one ear to another. Several variations exist on the position of Kuyutha in the legend, but this is one order:
Seven Heavens
The First Earth (Inhabitants: man, genie and animals)
The Second Earth (Inhabitants: wind of suffocation)
The Third Earth (Inhabitants: stones of hell)
The Fourth Earth (Inhabitants: sulphur of hell)
The Fifth Earth (Inhabitants: serpents of hell)
The Sixth Earth (Inhabitants: scorpions of hell)
The Seventh Earth (Inhabitants: devil and his angels)
An Angel
A rock of Ruby
Fathomless sea
Realm of Air
Realm of Fire
Falak, the omnipotent serpent

[edit] Bahamut in fiction and popular culture
Fantasy fiction derived from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game reimagines Bahamut as a heroic dragon.
tri-Ace's Valkyrie Profile has a two-handed sword called "Bahamut's Tear", which deals exceptional damage to dragons. In Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, at the Seraphic Gate, there is a boss named Bahamut who contained the Demon Sword Levantine.
Bahamut is featured as both the "King of Dragons" and the "King of the sky" in Square Enix's Final Fantasy games, as a summon. He is one of the strongest summons available, and typically received in an optional side-quest. His attack is called Mega-Flare, a powerful non-elemental attack which targets all enemies on the battlefield.
Bahamut also appared in the movie "Final Fantasy VII Advent Children".
Super Mario RPG contains a dragon called Bahamutt that is summoned by a Magikoopa. The reference may be intentional, since the game was also made by Squaresoft, now Square Enix.
Battle Bakraid has a boss named Bahamut, which is a gigantic tank. The game's bosses are all named for mythical creatures, although the fight with Bahamut takes place in a desert, despite its namesake's aquatic nature.
Bahamut appears in the games Bahamut Bahant Senki, Bahamut Lagoon, and Realms of Despair.
"Bahamut" is the name of a huge motorcycle in the anime Megazone 23.
Bahamut is the IRCd (Internet Relay Chat Daemon) used by the DALnet IRC network.
In the cyberpunk DOS and Sega CD game Rise of the Dragon, released by Dynamix, Bahamut is a powerful and demonic dragon worshipped by the game's villain. The villain eventually transforms himself into a dragon to become an avatar of Bahamut.
In the game Brigandine, Bahamut is the evolved form of Couatl which evolved from the Basic Stage, Wyvern.
"Bahamut" is the title track of the first CD from the eclectic blues band Hazmat Modine.
"Bahamut" is the name of a fish-like monster that lives in the subaquatic map of Atlans, in the MMORPG Mu Online, by Webzen.
In Fablehaven, Bahamut appears as a powerful demon who was chained up in order to build the preserve.

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