Winged Lion Deities (Sphinx)

Chinese Quan Yin
For instance, the Phrygian goddess Cybele worshipped in the Roman empire had two lions who pulled her chariot. The Assyrian-Babylonian goddess Ishtar also has two lions at her feet. The steed of Chinese goddess Quan Yin was a lion as it was for the Anatolian goddess Anahita. A pair of lions commonly guard the entrance to temples, often found in the form of a winged lion sphinx. In Egypt, the sphinx is represented in duo by lion goddess Sekhmet and her son Maahes, who guard the entrance to the Underworld. Some suggest the pairing represent the Morning and Evening stars of the planet Venus.
This explains how the lion relates to the Hindu Durga goddess:…/DurgaLionSymbolism.pdf
In the story, the masculine Mithraic Leontocephaline or lion-headed Arimanius form is also featured. This is a form often associated with serpents and evil - however, it is also a guardian of the Underworld who holds souls close to Earth. In this sense, he is believed to aid entheogenic travelers who do not wish to die as they explore the realm beyond the zodiac. The story plays with this ambiguity of character in the story.
This article describes the Leontocephaline demi-god:

Egyptian sphinx

Phrygian goddess Cybele

Mithraic Leontocephaline or lion-headed Arimanius