SPHINX

A great symbol of Ancient Egypt is the Sphinx. A sphinx is a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head.IT is symbolizing strength and wisdom. It is 200 feet long and 65 feet high with paws being 50 feet long. The Sphinx was built in about 2530 BC by the pharaoh Khafre (4th king of Fourth dynasty, c. 2575–c. 2465 BC), the builder and occupant of the second Giza pyramid. The sphinx’s face is a portrait of the king and the sphinx continued to be a royal portrait type through most of Egyptian history.

The sphinx faces due to the east, to the horizon and this has an astronomical belief to the ancient Egyptians. It is also thought that it is a guardian of the horizon for the later journey of the kings in the life-after. There is a large stela between the front paws of the sphinx. It was placed by king Thutmose IV and describes the king during his hunting in the young days ,while falling asleep min the shade on the sphinx. During his sleep, he dreamt that the sphinx talked to him and told him to clear away the sand around his head and he will be rewarded by making him a pharaoh.

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~ by ferry1984 on June 27, 2011.

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