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Griffin

Griffin A fighting griffin is associated with the North Wind. The scene with a man between two griffins suggests the guarding of wealth. The griffin is a fabulous beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. The legend of the griffins is Asiatic in origin and was widely known in Greece through Aristeas of Proconnesus, who claimed that griffins guarded hoards of gold from their warlike and greedy neighbors, the Arimaspians. Herodotus suggested that the story of these creatures reached Greece through the Scythians. Griffins are known to have been one of the stylized animal forms in Scythian art. http://www.maravot.com/Translation_ShortScripts_b.html
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