THE ANCIENT MYTH OF GRIFFINS
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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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