Hope you’re not tired of the Greeks, because we’ve got another motherfucker from those ancient, drunk, philosophical bastards. Today we look at the Sphinx, which has a human head, the haunches of a lion, and here and there you’ll see depictions of it with the wings of a bird. Everyone seems to have a thing for birds from this time period.

This mystic creature is not someone you want to see, ever, as it loves to play mind games in the form of riddles. If you can’t answer the riddle, you’ll succumb to a fate that you would expect: being eaten or brutally killed by some big monster. The Greeks depict the Sphinx as a woman, though the Egyptian version is that of a man. The Egyptian Sphinx was far more benevolent than the Greek version, having more strength than you’d want to shake a stick at, but using its riddles as more of a test of intention to go into an entrance to a temple.

Everyone knows about the statue of the Sphinx in Giza, and once again, this version is protecting an entrance, but in this instance its to the Pyramids. The Greek version was no protector at all, being the child of Orthus and either Echidna or the Chimera, which we looked at last week. While you may have heard of both the aforementioned, there are also versions of sphinx around the world; in South India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burma, and more. Most of those air more of the side of protection than destruction, but I’m sure they all have a bit of a mean streak. Good luck getting any of them in bed though. They all want to test your worthiness through riddles, and trust me, it kills the mood.