From: Alexander Dakhov AKA Dusty
> I took a look around the net and this is what I found out.mythology Sirin is a bird with a female head and forms a pair with
> Sirin is related to the Syrens of ancient Greece. In Russian
>mysterious fate of Russia with its tragedies & hopes."
> Alkonost is related to Greek Halcyon.
> Gamayun is described as a prophetic bird, "a personification of the
>griffin in English.
> Grifon looks to me as if it could be the creature that is called a
>Also I can say, that Finist is not bird name per se, but personal
> Maybe you know this already - your name looks Russian enough to me!
> could anyone explain or refer to some source regarding
> the etymology of the names Alkonost, Gamayun, Finist,
> Sirin, Grifon, Mogol and Stratim (I am not sure about
> their English spelling)? Are these birds parts of some
> symbolical system?
> Marina Orelskaya