Saturday, December 13, 2008

Multiple Sphinxes

Well once I started getting into the topic of the sphinxes I wondered if the sphinx had an other looks... which luckily they did.
The sphinxes most likely had the body of a lion but the heads would sometimes change to different animal or human head. There could be a sphinx with a body of a lion and head of a ram (criosphinxes) or head of a hawk (hierakosphinxes) *I have no idea how to pronounce those words...*. They could also have the head of a human which seemed to be more popular given with the amount of them we see. All of the sphinxes wore the royal nemes head cloth with a false beard on its chin. They were all meant to guard the gates to the afterlife or to protect something from others. Sphinxes could have the body of a lion and the head of a human, falcon, or ram. Some also had wings and a serpent tail.
Though the topic of how sphinxes can differentiate themselves isn't the most exciting thing to discuss, I thought that it would be important with learning about them because when I think of the word sphinx, the first thing that comes to mind is that it's a lion with the head of a human. But not all of them are, so learning that there are different kinds of them really opened up a new door. Now there are more questions that I need answers for.

1 comment:

  1. I thought all sphinxs had the head of a men...
    Guess i was wrong...