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Published: September 20, 2009
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Bahamut (Arabic: بهموت‎ Bahamūt) is a vast fish that supports the earth in Arabian mythology. In some sources, Bahamut is described as having a head resembling a hippopotamus or elephant.

In Jorge Luis Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings, Bahamut is a beast of Arabic mythology "altered and magnified" from Behemoth. In Arabic myth, Bahamut is a giant fish, described as so immense that a human cannot bear its sight; "all the seas of the world, placed in one of the fish's nostrils, would be like a mustard seed laid in the desert". According to Borges, Bahamut is the giant creature that Isa beholds in the 496th night of the One Thousand and One Nights.

Borges cites one Muslim tradition that describes Bahamut as a fish floating in a fathomless sea. On the fish is a bull called Kujata, on the bull, a ruby mountain; on the mountain, an angel; over the angel, six hells; over the hells, earth; and over the earth, seven heavens. Another tradition places the Earth's foundation on water, the water on a crag, the crag on a bull's forehead, the bull on a bed of sand, the sand on Bahamut, Bahamut on a stifling wind, and the wind on a mist; what is beneath the mist is unknown. In a similar telling of the hierarchy, Bahamut supports a layer of sand, on which stands a giant bull, on whose forehead rests a mountain of rock which holds the waters in which the earth is located. In popular culture and modern depictions, Bahamut appears more related to dragons, specially on Dungeons and dragons and Final fantasy series.


well im a big fan of FF, this one is :P a mixture btween ffVI ffVII and FFIX... and yes have a little touch of diablos GF, is still along Shiva, my favorite Summon/GF/aeon/esper/etc :D

photshop cs/intuos/5 hours... music:Clash on the Big Bridge of FF V the black mages version... nobuo uematsu is a genious :D

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WerecatqueenNicHobbyist Writer
Oh wow...I had no idea Bahamut was sometimes depicted as a fish
aranous's avatar
Awesome! I hope that someday you might do a drawing of the actual FFIX Bahamut! i.imgur.com/qL7o5Lp.jpg i.imgur.com/zABRlIF.jpg i.imgur.com/Qd4dVFu.jpg
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luciano6254Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, i never hear about bahamut
silversnie's avatar
>Fish
Why aren't there more draconic fish like this?
Austin7613's avatar
is it me or would Bahamut be considered one of Final Fantasy's mascots? I mean when I think of final fantasy he's one of the first things that comes to mind
Anon200's avatar
I really didn't care for "The After Years" that much, but my favorite part had to be...

NEARLY DEAD MYSTERIOUS GIRL: Re...fle-

BAHAMUT: Don't bother.

(Annihilates with Megaflare)

Awesome pic.
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Suiyin02Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
monsterlord-18's avatar
*mouth drops from the pure epicness this is*
Honeclaws's avatar
Yes. Read stuff on the bible and you will find alot of things.
hubertberrum's avatar
Actually bahamut is not from the Bible nor is it in Christian stuff it’s a Arab creature there is however the Leviathan in the Bible which is a literal sea dragon
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BlazingDragonLordStudent General Artist
Great job, this is awesome!
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TheValeforStudent Traditional Artist
An excellent work indeed, no one objects that.

But honestly, I dont really feel he is Bahamut, just to me nothing negative intended ^^. Some dragons I have saw over the years are TRULY worthy of the name "Bahamut", and those are the ones of FFVII (especialy Crisis Core, Fury and Zero) FFXIII, FFX, and the ones of Type-0. Those are really Bahamuts and it would be awesome if you ever draw a Bahamut with those ones charateristics ^^
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tomeojrHobbyist General Artist
Will you be drawing Behemoth, Leviathan, and Ziz?
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TheCoreOfAllEmotionHobbyist Writer
Bahamut! That's my Dragon God!
Kleigen's avatar
Tantas fuentes ha tenido Bahamut en cuanto a mitologías, que la más cercana es la de ser un pez gigante navegando por el universo. Por lo que leí, por ahí su cercanía con parecer un dragón en las entregas de FF es por su relación con la oscuridad, la cual es simbología de los dragones. Excelente ilustración, como siempre, Genzo.
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dreamingshadow18Hobbyist General Artist
Just lovely.
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AceOfKeys72Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah i can see the influence of VII and IX in this piece. and very nice i'm really impressed with how detailed this came out ;)
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