Also known as Epicamus
- Medieval (culture)
- Heraldic (attribute)
- Flying (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
A type of Griffin of heraldic European bestiaries. It was an ancient creature found originally in the Egyptian and Mesopotamian tradition. It has the body of a lion with the head and wings of an eagle. It has a large curved beak of and its body is usually spotted like a leopard. Sometimes it has the talons, forelimbs or back limbs of an eagle and sometimes it is simply that of a lion. Belief in this creature spread throughout western civilisation. They appear in Greek mythology as being celestial beings living with Zeus although one traveller claimed that the Griffins lived with the one-eyed men and would frequently fight them for gold.
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