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The Lion in the Middle of the Desert

Tue, Oct 5, 2010


One of the greatest symbolisms of Egyptian cultures is the Pyramid. The Pyramids of Giza were built more than five thousand years ago, and since the time of their creation, they have been wowing people as if no other structure on Earth has managed to. The Pyramids are a symbolism of man’s use of science even so long ago, to make architectural and engineering wonders of the kind that the world would not be able to replicate easily, even today. One of the main features that provide a sense of wonder though, besides the pyramids themselves, is the Great Sphinx. The Sphinx, situated in Giza is considered amongst the planet’s largest and most magnificently old statues. The Sphinx, is in fact, the resting body of a lion, with the head of a human being. In the local languages of the area, it has been known to be called the “Shesib Ankh”. Situated on the plateau at Giza, on the western bank of the River Nile, which is the largest river in the world, it is one of the greatest views to have a look at. Visible from many kilo meters away, the Great Sphinx is a symbol of mystery, an aura of secretiveness, and even a symbol of wanting people to refrain from entering the region. At a height of twenty meters or sixty six feet, with a length of more than seventy-three meters or two hundred and forty feet, and a width of six meters or twenty feet, this colossal structure is one that, without a doubt, at the least confuses the person, for the reason of its being, and importance.

The answer to this is the fact that the Sphinx was said to be the Guardian of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Proof of this is the fact that at the base of the Sphinx is a riddle that the Sphinx is said to ask all those who cross over. Those who would not be able to answer the riddle, yet followed on were believed to be put under a curse, a curse of death. The riddle written at the base of the Sphinx goes as follows”

“What animal walks on all for feet in the morning, walks on two feet during the day, and walks on three feet through the evening?”

The answer to this, though simple is one that had baffled man for many centuries. The answer to the riddle is man. This being a riddle that would be answerable by people who had affair understanding of logic, the secrets of the pyramids were hidden at least for quite a considerable amount of time. The answer is man because, simply put, the morning, daytime and evening are references to the different phases of a person’s life. While the person is still a baby, or in the morning, the person crawls on all four limbs. As the person grows, however, he learns to walk, and hence he walks on two feet, this being the reference to the day. In the same way, as the person grows old, or enters the evening of his life, he becomes dependent on a walking stick and so he “walks”, metaphorically, on three feet.

This riddle being answered, the Sphinx became even more famous, and today, is a great attraction for all those who go on river cruises down the Nile, and also on tour trips across Egypt and Africa.

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