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The Sphinxes

 
 
The Greeks were the first to unsed the word Sphinx, they were related to a fabulous creature which had :

 
 
  • the head of a woman
  • the body of a lion
  • the wings of a bird
 
  In Egypt there are numerous sphinxes, they usually have the head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion.  
  However some sphinxes with ram heads that are associated with the god Amun.  
  The great Sphinx of Giza was built in about 2530 BC by Khafre (the 4th king of the 4th Dynasty).  
  The Sphinx is basically a guardian figure protecting the tomb of Khafre from evil spirits.  
  The Sphinx's face was badly damaged during the French occupation around 1800 when the Mameluke troops used it for target practive with their field cannons and its body has been badly weather by the elements for thousands of years.