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Griffins - Ancient Mythology

Found in different archaic civilizations, including Greek and Persian, the Griffins are mythological creatures with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an Eagle, later portrayed through numerous coats of arms and other heraldry symbols.

These creatures were considered all mighty, bearing in mind that they exhibited both inner and physical characteristics of two beasts considered majestic inside the animal kingdom.

There are many depictions of the appearance of a griffin, but most of them coincide mixing characteristics of both animals into a four-legged beast, also referred as to gryphin, griffon, or gryphon and described as a winged monster with four eagle forelegs and equine ears.

Griffins were particularly famous during the Middle Ages, sharing credits with dragons, chimeras, and other monsters of medieval mythology. It was supposed that only female griffins were winged animals, although other sources explain that both female and male griffins had eagle wings, but a serpent-like tale differentiated them.

In history, the first griffins were engraved in bronze cauldrons belonging to an early stage of the Greek art dated from about 1000 years BC. Griffins were taken from Greece to Rome and Persia resulting in two different stories.

Roman griffins were transformed into temple protectors and eventually as protectors of the churches in the Middle Ages. From this depiction, their image was taken to develop the heraldry symbols we know today. Persian griffins were mostly associated to dark tales that later evolved into bizarre and gothic legends.

The average size of a griffin was similar to that of a horse. Griffins were half raptors and felines that killed their prey either by jabbing it with their powerful and large talons or with a chokehold bite on their neck. Medieval legends talk about the magic powers in which griffins were able to cast through their claws to either kill a prey or enchant humans.


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Griffins mythology.

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