Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Griffin



Griffins have the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Since lions are kings of the land, and eagles are kings of the sky, griffins are often used as symbols of royalty. Griffins mate for life, and the offspring of a griffin and a mare is a hippogriff, which, since it came from a mythical creature and a lowly one, is sometimes found as statues on Christian churches to represent the divine and mortal aspects of Christ. Griffins can be traced from Greek mythology back to Egyptian mythology, and may possibly have been an ancient mistake based on the fossils of a protoceratops, which is pretty awesome.

14 comments:

  1. What fascinating information. The hippogriff really tickled my fancy.

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    1. Me, too! Although I got it from Wikipedia... :)

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  2. I didn't know that piece about the Christian symbology. Very cool!

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    1. I didn't, either. I always wondered about some of the statues on old churches and cathedrals...now I know more!

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  3. I only knew about them from books but never really knew what they stood for. Thanks for cluing me in:)

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  4. I like your A to Z theme! It's nice to "meet" you!

    www.diaryofasquaretoothedgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. I like your blog name--nice to meet you, too!

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  5. Cool! I learned something today. Thanks, Brenda! :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Teresa, and thanks for looking!

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  6. It's my BFF's new husband's name. Now that is pretty cool.

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