From cultures around the world mythology has been passed down from generation to generation. Some based off Gods, some animals, some humans, and yet others a combination of things. These tales tie into the history of countries and civilizations while teaching important lessons at the same time. Today this mythology serves as a pool of ideas for stories, movies, and various other entertainment in our lives. We hope this week we can educate you more on mythological creatures and inspire you with these cool brick recreations.
(A creature with the head of a woman and body of lion, occasionally will include the wings of an eagle)
As with many mythological creatures the Sphinx's story varies from country to country and time period to time period. However, it is commonly known as a guardian of sorts that asks a riddle to all those it meets. If answered correctly those that meet the Sphinx are let free, if answered incorrectly the Sphinx eats them.
(Has the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull)
This Greek mythological creature was the offspring of a woman and a bull from the God Poseidon. While the Minotaur was taken care of by the woman at first, it eventually could not be controlled and was banned to the labyrinth for the rest of its life.
(Has the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse)
These creatures are believed to have originated as a depiction of peoples first thoughts to groups who began riding horses (specifically into battle). As a result centaurs are often depicted as a creature often engaged in war.
(Small humanoids that live underground)
Although created originally in the 16th century, gnomes have become increasingly more popular in modern fantasy. More often than not these creatures fear and hide from humans. They also have the special ability to move through solid ground just as we humans move through air.
(Flying horse creature)
Pegasus is a child of the God Poseidon. It has stood as a symbol for wisdom, poetry, and fame. While still debated today, it is widely believed this flying stallion had the responsibility of transporting lightning bolts for Zeus.
(The God of desire, erotic love, affection and attraction)
Usually a character only briefly mentioned here or there in mythology. Today this character has its spotlight around our modern valentines day. Cupid's characteristics of flight and boyhood symbolize flighty and irrational feelings in love respectively. He also is depicted with a bow and arrow and a torch at times because love both wounds and ignites the soul with fire.
(A legendary creature with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle)
This legendary creature is known as a protector of priceless treasures and possessions and is considered the king of all beasts. The Griffin has also been known to symbolize divine power as a guardian of the divine. This is just part of the reason griffins are often found on crests and seals.