SPHINX (GODS OF EGYPT)
Realm of Shadows aka The Tenth Region of the Night or Bakhu
Apep or Apophis
The Gods of Egypt
A sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion.
In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird. It is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer its riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus. Unlike the Greek sphinx, which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version and both were thought of as guardians often flanking the entrances to temples.
In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient 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.
Sphinxes depictions are generally associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found near Gobekli Tepe at another site, Nevali Çori, or possibly 195 kilometres (120 mi) to the east at Kortik Tepe, Turkey, and was dated to 9,500 BCE.
“Eventually reaching Bek and Horus, Hathor saves them from Set’s assassins Astarte andAnat and reveals to them that Set’s shrine is protected by a riddling sphinx. The group heads to the library of Thoth to recruit him for help, certain that he will be wise enough to answer the sphinx’s riddle.
Arriving at Set’s shrine, the gods and Bek overcome its traps, including the sphinx, to reach the source of Set’s power. But before they can pour the divine water in, Set intercepts them and reveals Horus’ deception to Bek: that he would be unable to bring Zaya back from the dead. Set destroys their flask of divine water, steals Thoth’s brain, and collapses the shrine on them. Horus saves his allies’ lives with his strength, but Bek is furious at him for lying about Zaya, whose spirit is just moments away from the afterlife’s judging. Hathor then sacrifices her own safety for Zaya’s payment, giving up her protective bracelet to Bek and then is immediately kidnapped by the underworld’s demons.”