Sunday, August 8, 2010

Creatures From Ancient Egyptian Mythology

There are so many interesting creatures in all kinds of mythology, but some of my favorites can be found in Egyptian mythology. Here are my top three favorite creatures in Egyptian mythology:

Anubis: Anubis is a man with the head of a jackal. Anubis is a very ancient god and was the original god of the dead before Osiris was. Unlike a real jackal, Anubis is black which represents his position as the god of the dead. He supposedly watched over the mummification process to make sure it was done properly. Regardless of this nonsense, Anubis is pretty cool because, look at him, he's pretty awesome looking. 

Serpopard: serpopards are a cross between a serpent and leopard and is supposed to feature the body of a leopard and a long neck and head representing a serpent. The term "serpopards" is not used in any original texts and was made only recently but the image is featured on the Narmer Palette, an archeological find, dating from about the 31st century BC.

Sphinx: I'm sure you've heard of sphinxes before but in case you haven't, it's a mix between a human and usually a lion or a leopard. In Greek mythology, they are often depicted with the wings of an eagle. The most awesome thing about the sphinx is its love for riddles. Tell me if you can figure this out: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first." If you can't figure it out, the sphinx will most definitely devour you.


Mariah said...

Okay, please please please tell us the answer to the riddle. Suspense kills people! ;)

Kay Richardson said...

Yeah. Check those bad boys out. I know the answer to the riddle because I very smart, you see. I won't spoil it for the others.

Kaylee said...

Sphinxes are my favorite!!
Is the answer the sun and moon/day and night?

Lyssa said...

Congratulations, Kaylee, you will not be devoured by a sphinx. :)

Kaylee said...

Hurray! ^_^