Bahamut, Bahamoot ( bə-HAH-moot; Arabic: بهموت Bahamūt, from Hebrew בְּהֵמוֹת "Behemoth") is a gigantic fish (or whale) that lies deep below, underpinning the support structure that holds up the earth, according to Zakariya al-Qazwini. In this conception of the world, the earth is shouldered by an angel, who stands on a slab of gemstone, which is supported by the cosmic bull sometimes called Kuyutha. The fish/whale Bahamut carries this bull on its back, and is suspended in water for its own stability. Balhūt is a variant name found in some cosmographies. In the earliest sources, the name is Lutīyā , with Balhūt given as a byname and Bahamūt as a nickname.
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