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More folklore fun with Humon!

This time it's griffins. First off, what is a griffin? It's a creature with parts from a lion and an eagle, and occasionally another animal mixed in. That is why a hippogrif is not another type of griffin because it's a mix of a horse and an eagle, occasionally with cat ears. Another thing that sets it apart from griffins is that they are only from literature, unlike the griffin which has it roots in folklore and religion, and people actually thought they were real animals. The hippogrif was never believed to be real.

Whit that out of the way, let's kick off with the Bird Griffin. This is the oldest kind we know of, and there are pictures of it that are more than 5000 years old. This is also the only type that became popular in Europe, while the rest stayed in their respective areas. They were considered vicious hunters and it was believed that they were the enemies of horses.

The Lion Griffins were used as protectors, and most pictures of them depicts them guarding gods or sacred areas. The lion griffin with an eagle head may sometimes have a lion's hind legs as well, but can always be told from a bird griffin by it's eagle tail.
(There is a third kind that is a lion with wings, but they were never popular)

The Snake Griffin is often confused with a dragon because of it's snake parts and scaley body, but was intended to be a griffin. This type was also a guardian creature.
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the Snake griffin is a Mušḫuššu and it is confused with a dragon because the name of the creature is "Furious snake" or "resplandecent snake" and also is a word used for dragon. Although some of the snake-dragons such as Labbu dragon are names instead by its "lion" part (labbu is "lion").

Hypogriffins are griffins because is a griffin+horse, not eagle+horse ;)
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Otakukiller Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Writer
are Griffins in anyway related to Chimera? because the hybrid bloodline seems quite similar.

also, does anyone know of any animals that actually had 6 limbs? four legs and wings is an incredibly rare, almost impossible thing outside of arthropods
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
may be. the griffins/sphinxes/lamassu were invented in Mesopotamia (Akkad, Sumer, Persia). Greeks only extracted those symbols from their own culture. Is very likely that they took also chimeras or that they invented seeing those mythic creatures that already existed.
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Otakukiller Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
Chimera is very likely just a species definer for animals that are so crossed. Like the Manticore, or the Griffin. 
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: 
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Otakukiller Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
however, it doesn't change my confusion over the possibility of a mammal or bird possessing 4 legs and a pair of wings. 
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Jackharney1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Writer
where's the hippogriff?
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IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She said in the artist comment that it does not count since it is a Horse/Bird hybrid instead of a Lion/Bird hybrid (like the ones above)
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
( Jackharney1 )

but technically that is not true that hyppogriffins are not griffins. Most* of the Hypogriffs are a late medieval made up mythical creature that is a hybrid of a griffin and a female horse.

*The representations before XVI century about horses and eagles maybe fall under hypogriff categorie too, but can be also confused with Hipalectryon ;)

greetings!
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Jackharney1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
hello! while it is done a lot i don't think we should define a species by the part of it we have most contact with. we did that with our moon. so maybe we need another word that can use to describe hyppogriffs and griffins.
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: In my own mythology I invented a made up word for them :nod:
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Jackharney1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
what is?
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is not useful outside my mythology. I call all of them Firisse.
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Jackharney1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
Alright then your information has been invaluable
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AtrixGear Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
theres a snack one ?
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MetalReaper Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Humon, i have a question for you, what would you also consider the Questing Beast to be? im sure you are familiar with it, but if you arent its a beast from the Arthurian Legends and is a composite monster, its has the head and neck of a Snake (and sometimes the tail), the body of a Leopard (and sometimes tail), and the back legs of a Deer. 


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Dragon-the-Tribrid Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew of the Lion and Snake types! I'm familiar with the bird type and Opinicus though.
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XRed-EyeX Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Chris: I really realy love how you use Folklore and legends tomade up your Pictures. Even more I love that your explaining everything about it. I always love visiting your Gallery and look if something new has been posted :)
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Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
What about Owl Griffins?
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm i've always seen the lion-griffin with a lion tail, and i also very commonly see the bird griffin with four lion paws..
it seems there's tons of variationS ^^'
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Un1c0rny Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Weren't hippogriffs mentioned in the legends of the Twelve Peers/Paladins of Charlemagne? I seem to recall something about a hippogriff being ridden by an evil wizard and then being flown to the moon by one of the paladins.

Also, one could argue that the winged lion, as a symbol of St. Mark (and therefore the bible AND the Duchy of Venice, Italy) was alarmingly popular.
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dabblerer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
actually a hippogriff is a griffon and a horse, supposed to be a representation of impossibility because griffons hate horses and will eat them whenever they encounter them.
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CharlieAlphaFoxtrot Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cute lion griffin.
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lordinglip666 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
lol Snake Griffin wtf are you doing.
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MizuPics Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
So what's your opinion on the griffin/gryphon/griffon spelling?

My tendency is to use griffin for the creature, Gryphon for the name (main OC...) and I don't think I've ever used griffon, but I saw it somewhere.
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Protodramon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Mythology 101 with Humon
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Wow! I love the Lion Griffin!! Both of them!!!!!
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JessicaYean Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very interesting! Thanks for sharing! 8D
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StephenFauster Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pygmy Gryphons, anyone?
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yellowflowerevy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
...*wants to do this with sphinx now*
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Saphari Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you know if there is a griffin that has the head and legs of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the hind legs of a horse? if so what's it called? love your work, btw.
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LordTchernobog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
first one is the best and truely griffin for me (Heroes of M&M grifins ftw) :D
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unartisticTigress Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
This is why I love your art; I either laugh, learn something new or both. :3
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BlackPhobe95 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow i didnt know there was a snake griffin, i feel so late ; __ ; LOL
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pocketkocurek Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Its because of Czarnobyl :P
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cherryhobbit Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
ooh, I've never noticed a snake griffin before. I love all of your folklore arts XD I always learn something new.
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gwap01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
what about that thing from card captor sakura? is that considered as a griffin? Also you should do manticores
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is an awesome lineup!
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White--Swallow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I just always liked bird giffins :giggle: i dunno why!! oh <.< here, almost every church has a simple Lion with Wings ^w^
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MetalReaper Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
isnt a hippogrif part griffin part horse? thats why it has cat ears cause those are from the griffin side, plus the grif is its name, isnt that from griffin too?
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NavySeuzz Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I like the lion griffin best. :3
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MicoNutziri Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And... RETARDED LION GRIFFIN!!
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formorian5 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
From what I recall, griffins hate horses because of humans. Men rode out to pillage griffin nests for the gold they lined their nests with. Eventually, griffins associaated horses with humans and killed any horse they saw. They were also considered somewhat divine, called the hounds of heaven.
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juliankanes Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I have always enjoyed your work. To show my thanks I'll research myths and legends for you if need be. I'm most familiar with Irish and Japanese legends and creatures. Thank you again for making my day that much better with your work.
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hoppin Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
And yet another kind with rams horns that was apparently pretty popular in persia.
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titchthecat Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Artist
terrible
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cygnata Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Actually, ANY winged animal is technically a griffin. :)
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WeyrCat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE it!
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filipahped Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Faktisk så ser din "slangegrif" mere ud til at være en babylonsk art af drage; en Mushusu. Alt efter hvem du spørger, har den vinger, eller ikke vinger. Men de har altid været set som meget loyale vogtere.
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KurtExpress Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about Peter Griffin? :P
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