Sphinx

Sphinx - Egyptian and Greek

Egyptian Deity of Benevolence

    The Sphinx had two principal manifestations, one generous, the other malevolent. Enigmatic and mysterious, the Egyptian Sphinx was a symbol of benevolence, representing wisdom, peace, guardianship, power, and good magic.
This human headed lion appears as an emblem of royal power and guardian of tombs and temples.
The Greek Sphinx is very different, having wings, women's breasts, and unfortunate habit of tearing apart anyone who could not answer her riddles. When Oedipus eventually did so, she killed herself.
The Great Sphinx of Giza is believed to have the likeness of Pharaoh Chephren, who lived about 2,600 BC.
The tuneful humming from this great monument caused by the breeze used to puzzle people.

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