I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a lot of amazing origami that’s right out of Greek myths and stories.

The basilisk is called the King of Serpents and is said to be able to kill you just with one look. Other stories say that it’s so poisonous that it leaves a trail of venom in its wake.

Fortunately look at or folding this excellent origami Basilisk won’t horribly poison or kill you.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6521201127/

Basilisk, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Eyal

Crease pattern available in JOAS special issue 2011

 

The griffin is one of the most famous creatures to come out of Greek mythology with the body, tail and back legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Some people believed the griffin was the king of all creatures and some people believed they guarded priceless treasures.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/14016368647/

Griffin 2.0, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

The minotaur is another famous creature from Greek myth with the body of a man and the head of a bull. The minotaur lived in the center of a labryinth that was designed by Daedalus and Icarus for King Minos of Crete. The minotaur was eventually defeated and killed by the hero Theseus.

Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/5075197537/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Paul

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Pegasus, the winged horse is probably the most famous creature in Greek mythology.

Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/12910679875/

Pegasus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in ORU Magazine 4

 

Icarus was the son of Daedalus and is famous for flying too close to the sun using wings his father created out of feathers and wax. Because of his hubris he flew too high and the sun melted his wings causing him to crash into the sea.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rik74/16912880526/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Ricardo Abdon

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble statue of the goddess Nike who is the the Greek goddess of victory. If you can’t make a trip to see it in person at the Louvre in Paris you can try to fold this origami version.

Winged Victory of Samothrace
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/16394763251/

The Victory of Samothrace, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

The Hippocampus is a mythological creature with the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5280409587/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Harpies are female monsters with the body of a bird and the face of a woman. Their name means “snatchers” and they often steal food from their victims.

Harpy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10193524014/

Harpie gen.2, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Centaurs are another famous mythological creature with the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse. This centaur is folded from a single sheet of paper except for the bow and arrow.

Centaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5214998224/

Centaur, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Cerberus is the famous three headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld preventing the dead for escaping.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/26660493812/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Daedalus was the father of Icarus and was also a skilled craftsman and artist who built the labyrinth where the minotaur lived.

Daedalus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7352629410/

Daedalus, Designed by Gabriel Alvarez and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Monsters and Mythical Beings

 

Here’s another excellent photo of Hojyo Takashi’s origami Icarus.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/9239686521/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Sirens were beautiful sea creatures that lured sailors with beautiful music causing them to crash their ships into the rocks.

Siren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitzkap-s_art/14074941139/

Siren + Rose, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Victor J. Quintero

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a cute baby griffin design by Riccardo Foschi.

Baby Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/15609114496/

Baby Gryphon, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Crease pattern available from Riccardo Foschi’s Flickr

 

Poseidon is one of the 12 main Greek gods and was the god of the sea. He is also known for causing earthquakes.

Poseidon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/5921888920/

Poseidon, Designed by Hojyo Takashi, Trident Designed by Kijjakarn Praditukrit both Folded by nyanko sensei

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another excellent origami Cerberus, this model is folded from on sheet of paper.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedertw/5470424385/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Han-Sheng Yang

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here’s another different and beautiful Pegasus design by Hoang Trung Thanh.

Golden Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/16372128749/

Golden Pegasus, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Mariano also folded Román Díaz’s excellent origami Hippocampus.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/13174122694/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Here’s another amazing Griffin design, this time by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/12023141495/

Gryphon, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Video instructions available from Kade Chan’s YouTube

 

Here’s a great “good” variation on Satoshi Kamiya’s Minotaur although it has the same kind of creepy feel that a lot of João Charrua’s models have.

Good Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/12918784314/

“Good” Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by João Charrua

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here’s a different and slightly cuter origami basilisk designed by Yery J. Astroña.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/17362079385/

Basilisk, Designed and Folded by Yery J. Astroña

Instructions not available

 

A Sphinx is a deadly creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of a bird. It asks riddles and if one cannot answer correctly they are killed and eaten. The Sphinx is famous from appearing in the story of Oedipus.

Sphinx
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026329429/

Sphinx, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this post is this incredible griffin by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/22340495702/

Griffin, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Visit Kade Chan’s website at www.kadechan.com

 

There’s still a ton of awesome origami from Greek mythology that I’ll be sure to post in the future. In the mean time be sure to check out all these great artists on Flickr and if you enjoyed this post please comment and share on your social media.