Griffins/Gryphons, Winged Mythical Creatures of Ancient Times

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Griffins or gryphons are winged mythical creatures with a lion’s body, an eagle’s head and ears resembling a horse’s ears. Rest of the physical features differs between the myths, i.e. they are sometimes depicted without wings. Griffins are most commonly mentioned in Greek mythology, however, the myth regarding Griffins originated from Ancient India. It is…

What is a manticore?

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Manticores are mythical creatures in Persian mythology that lived in India according to the accounts of the ancient times. The name “manticore” is considered to be a derivation of the word “mardkhora” meaning “man-eater” in Persian language of early ages, “marthikoras” being the counterpart of this word in Hindi language. As is understood from the…

Arachne, the First Spider

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Arachne is a figure in Greek mythology known for her challenge against the goddess Athena. According to the myth, she was the first spider of the world who was originally a young daughter of a shepherd known for his beautiful wools. Arachne was very talented in weaving and studied with Athena, the goddess that is…

Mormo (Mythology)

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Mormo was a spirit in Greek and Roman mythology that was said to bite children. Caretakers used to scare children with stories about Mormo trying to convince them not to misbehave or Mormo would come and bite them. Mostly Mormo was referred as a female figure resembling a vampire and the concept of Mormo seems…

What is a Harpy?

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Harpy: Etymology and Origin A harpy was a partly woman partly vulture creature in Greek and Roman mythology. Harpies were said to be wind spirits originally. Some descriptions defined a harpy to be a woman with a vulture’s body whereas some defined it to have a woman’s body with a vulture’s head. The word “harpy”…

Da Vinci’s Demons, Facts, Myths & Sons of Mithras

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Leonardo Da Vinci – The Facts and Myths What or, rather, who do we all remember when we hear the word “Renaissance”? Undoubtedly, Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the names that come to mind first.  As one of the most significant artists of the age, Da Vinci surely etched his name in golden letters…

Ouroboros, The Infinity Symbol

The sign and symbol of infinity, the Ouroboros dragon, serpent, snake is depicted in this picture.

Etymology of Ouroboros, the Infinity Symbol The term ouroboros is derived from two words in ancient Greek language. The first word is "oura" which means "tail" and the second is "boros" which means "eating". Combined, these two words give the meaning "he /it that eats his/its own tail" or "tail eater”.  A serpent eating its own tail…

What is an upir?

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Upir is the name given to vampires in Russian language/Slavic languages. Pronunciation of the name differs from country to country and it has variations such as Opir, Opur, Upyr and Upier. The most vivid stories regarding these creatures belong to Ukrainian and Belarusian cultures although their existence was a very common belief in countries such as…

Gaia, Mother Earth, the Mother of All

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Gaia (Gaea) is the primordial goddess of Earth who was known as “the Mother of All”. She was born from the gaping void named Chaos (which is mostly interpreted as “nothingness”) during the creation of the whole universe all.  The name Gaia is derived from the Greek word ‘ga’ (or ‘ge’) which means ‘land’ in…