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Sphinx


newbloodmoon

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Continuing with the lion motif lets take a look at the Sphinx.

(wiki)  A sphinx (/ˈsfɪŋks/ SFINKS, Ancient Greek: σφίγξ [spʰíŋks], Boeotian: φίξ [pʰíːks], pl.: sphinxes or sphinges) is a mythical creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle.

In Greek tradition, the sphinx is a treacherous and merciless being with the head of a woman, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. According to Greek myth, she challenges those who encounter her to answer a riddle, and kills and eats them when they fail to do so.[1] This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus.[2

In Egyptian myth the Sphinx is depicted as a man (androsphinx) and was seen as a benevolent representation of strength and ferocity and usually as a pharoh. The Sphinx of Giza is quite the popular tourist destination in egypt. See wiki below

he Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion.[1] Facing directly from west to east, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx appears to represent the pharaoh Khafre.[2]The original shape of the Sphinx was cut from the bedrock, and has since been restored with layers of limestone blocks.[3] It measures 73 m (240 ft) long from paw to tail, 20 m (66 ft) high from the base to the top of the head and 19 m (62 ft) wide at its rear haunches. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sphinx_of_Giza

The Sphinx is popularas monsters in ttrpg”s. My favorite depiction of the Sphinx was in the movie “Neverending Story”

 

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