MYTHICAL BEINGS

 


Griffin
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Griffin

The Griffin is a legendary creature with the head, beak and wings of an eagle, the body of a lion and occasionally the tail of a serpent or scorpion. Its origin lies in the Middle East where it is found in the paintings and sculptures of the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians and Persians. The later Romans used them for decoration and even in Christian times the Griffin motif often appears. Griffins were frequently used as gargoyles on medieval churches and buildings. In more recent times, the Griffin only appears in literature and heraldry.


The story of the Griffin, as told by Thomas Bulfinch.


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