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.