In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. It is mythicised as treacherous and merciless but what was the Sphinx and why can we find it in such different cultures?
An idol with human head and a lion’s body known as sphinx is one of the most important symbols in humanity’s records. It’s a keeper of the holy places and the mysteries of life, and a guardian of knowledge and symbol of riddles and intrigue. It is a creature full of secrets – a mystery of Nature.
It has deep connections with the ancient civilizations of Greece and Egypt. According to a legend, the Sphinx dies for the truth, because his perception of the Truth is only one.
The oldest known sphinx was found in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey and was dated to 9,500 BC. Ancient Egyptian and Babylonian considered the sphinx to be a guardian, often flanking the entrances to sacred royal tombs and religious temples.
How and why such different cultures should depict a mythological entity with such odd characteristics? Could this be some kind of genetic creation by the “gods”?
Until this day no one really knows and this creature continues to fascinate mankind.