Where does our name come from?

Simurg, also known as Angha, is the modern Persian name for a fabulous, benevolent, mythical flying creature. The Simurg was considered to purify the land and waters and hence bestow fertility. The creature represented the union between the earth and the sky, serving as mediator and messenger between the two.
In the 12th century Conference of the Birds, Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar wrote of a band of pilgrim birds in search of the Simurg. According to the poet's tale, the Simurg has thirty holes in her beak and drew the wind through them whenever she was hungry. Animals heard a pretty music and gathered at the peak of a mountain where they were eaten by the Simurg.


The Simurg is depicted in Islamic art as a winged creature in the shape of a bird, gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. It appears as a kind of peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion; sometimes however also with a human face. The Simurg is inherently benevolent and unambiguously female. Being part mammal, she suckles her young. The Simurg has teeth. It has an enmity towards snakes and its natural habitat is a place with plenty of water. Its feathers are said to be the colour of copper, and though it was originally described as being a Dog-Bird, later it was shown with either the head of a man or a dog.


Eastern legends consider the bird so old that it had seen the destruction of the World three times over. The Simurg learned so much by living so long that it is thought to possess the knowledge of all the Ages. In one legend, the Simurg was said to live 1700 years before plunging itself into flames (much like the phoenix).