Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 16 - Sphinx

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 16 - Sphinx

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This week's creature feature is:  Sphinx

From Wikipedia :

A sphinx is a zoomorphic mythological figure which is depicted as a recumbent lion with a human head. It has its origins in sculpted figures of Old Kingdom Egypt, to which the ancient Greeks applied their own name for a female monster, the "strangler", an archaic figure of Greek mythology.
Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions. Generally the role of sphinxes was as temple guardians; they were placed in association with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples.
In Greek mythology, a sphinx is represented as a monster with a head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and a serpent headed tail. It was said in late lore that Hera or Ares sent the Sphinx from her Ethiopian homeland (the Greeks always remembered the foreign origin of the Sphinx) to Thebes in Greece where she asks all passersby the most famous riddle in history: “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?” She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age. By some accounts (but much more rarely), there was a second riddle: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first." (answer: day and night—both words are feminine in Greek.) Bested at last, the tale continues, the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died.
A composite mythological being with the body of a lion and the head of a human being is present in the traditions, mythology and art of South and South-East Asia[5] Variously known as purushamriga (Sanskrit, "man-beast"), purushamirukam (Tamil, "man-beast"), naravirala (Sanskrit, "man-cat") in India, or as nara-simha (Pali, "man-lion") in Sri Lanka, manusiha or manuthiha (Pali, "man-lion") in Myanmar, and nora nair or thepnorasingh in Thailand.

Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:

:thumb99509890: :thumb81897260: Sphinx by Griffon-Nage :thumb83359874: Pumpkin - Oedipus and Sphinx by snerk
The Sphinx's Mask by felixxkatt Akhenaten Sphinx by leloi S is for Sphinx by felixxkatt Origami Sphinx by inbarigami Sphinx Card by Ashalind
The Waking Sphinx by Sakura-ShinRa The Sphinx by notveryathletic :thumb17490309: Mythical Creatures: Sphinx by zepheenia :thumb59312781: Sphinx and Kekrops by sotades
LOA: look but don't touch by sparkpenguin Sphinx by Skull-X Sphinx Doll Closeup 2 by ThisUsernameFails Deciding the Fates by milkfork Badu ball by the-lone-nomad A Different Kind of Librarian by ElectricGecko
Brick by Brick II by spirittoons NSK COM - Sphinx by min-arts :thumb137320571: The Sphinx of Thebes by Skye-Fyre Michelle mk 2 by floppybelly :thumb136663504:
:thumb134494444: Sphinx by mltc Riddle of the Sphinx by jollyjack Lady Sphinx by lady-cybercat Egyptian Sphinx ACEO by Pannya :thumb120968414:
:thumb105349421: another sphinx by luve Man And Sphinx by knuta Greek Sphinx by DragonsLover1
Sphinx by dreamie Sphinx by Putnik une petite sphinx by ladynauriel :thumb124083696: the Sphinx by freethaweed Sphinx's face by NimueKaiba
Gemma sculpey by the-lone-nomad SphinX by luh-yart Sphinx 1 by Lindsay40k Random Sphinx by kalicothekat Sphinx by Dragonwings13 Sphinx : cornered by lavonne
Sphinx by daestwen Sphinx in greyscale by DarkStatic sphinx by MelUran Sphinx by queerfantasy Egyptian Monster: Sphinx by Freha

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A very clean sphinx by noire-arc-en-ciel


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~Arah :heart:

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Thanks a ton for the feature. :aww: Just sorry it took me so long to get back and check it out. ^^;