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Griffin :: World Mythology

A powerful beast that has been [kwlink]depicted in literature[/kwlink] for centuries, the griffin is not a creature you'd want to make mad. Get the goods on the figure of [kwlink]Greek mythology[/kwlink].


Griffin - What Is It?

The griffin is a mythical creature that has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes it is depicted as having a long snake for a tail. Most of the time, only the female has wings and males have spikes on their backs instead of wings.


Griffin - Where Are They From?

The griffin is said to be native to [kwlink]India[/kwlink], although nobody knows for sure exactly where it came from. These winged monsters would find gold in the mountains and built nests from it. Of course, this lured hunters, so griffins kept a very hostile guard over their nests. They would eat the men and devour their horses.


Griffin - Symbolism

Griffins are usually heroic symbols. They are well known for their speed, ability to fly and having eyes like an eagle, as well as the strength and courage of a lion. In hieroglyphics, griffins represent heat and summer. In Assyria (an ancient empire of western [kwlink]Asia[/kwlink],) both the griffin and the dragon were symbols of wisdom. In Roman art, griffins are often pulling the chariot of Nemesis (goddess of justice and revenge).


Griffin - Did U Know?

  • Griffin is sometimes spelled gryphon.
  • Hippogriffs, like the one in the Harry Potter stories, are said to be the offspring of a griffin and a horse - even though griffins are traditionally said to hate horses.
  • In Greek mythology the griffins were always at war against a race of one-eyed humans called Arimaspians who were constantly trying to steal their gold.

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aaliya
aaliya posted in Food:
Mangoes, Grapes, Strawberries nd Plum :p :p
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aaliya
aaliya posted in Debating:
this kind of a straightforward answer to this question! females nd males r both equal..no matter wat people say or hear, both genders r different but equal in the same way. it is true tht girls r more mature thn boys but tht shuldnt be a prblm. so yah..both genders r equal!!
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Puppies077
Puppies077 posted in Debating:
Females do mature faster, i don't think intelligence should be based on gender though. I think we all are equal, but we are all unique still, females shouldn't be treated different from males all the time. Females aren't physically built the same as males so we just cant do everything like them. Females just have to try harder at most things males do. But we are equal, because nothing should be based on the gender of anybody. We are all human, we all live and die, we all make mistakes. Gender and race dont make us who we are its our actions so yeah.
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NicolletteA
NicolletteA posted in Debating:
in all honesty, women's "value & worth" fluctuates as to which part of the globe you are on. let's not all pretend its the same everywhere. so no we are not equal.
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