Egyptian or Greek

Egyptian or Greek

Pentecost 134

Living in a diverse area has its perks.  It can also lead to confusion at times.  I remember two friends from school.  One was of Egyptian ancestry while the other had parents who had emigrated from Greece.  My own parents were forever getting confused as to which friend was of which ethnicity.  It didn’t really matter except one had parents who owned a restaurant and she was always bringing food when she came.  The other friend was the one who would get the thanks, even though her parents were doctors.  I had not really paid much attention but both had similar coloring and wore their hair about the same.

A similar confusion has arisen over one of mythology’s most well-known characters – the sphinx.   Both sphinx characters, the Greek sphinx and the Egyptian sphinx, are hybrid animals, meaning they contain body parts from two or more animals.  The Greek sphinx is a demon with a tail and wings.  There is also a sphinx character from Crete and Asia with wings but it varies slightly from the Greek one.  The Egyptian sphinx had the head of a human and the body of a lion.

WE discussed the legend of Oedipus when we delved into Greek mythology in July.  Oedipus became a hero by answering the riddle of the sphinx, a demon that had been terrorizing the area.  No one had ever correctly answered the riddle and punishment was to be eaten alive by the sphinx.  Oedipus, however, gave her the correct answer and the sphinx went off and killed herself.  By knowing “”What has 4 legs in the morning, 2 at noon, and 3 at night?”, Oedipus became the king of Thebes.  The answer, in case you’ve forgotten, is “Man.”  As an infant, man crawls; as an adult, man walks upright; as an old man, he uses a cane.

Yesterday we discussed the Great Pyramid of Giza but it is not the only great stature in the area.  There is the Great Sphinx of Giza, considered the earliest of all mythological sphinx statures.  Thought o be both a memorial to Khufu as well as homage to the god Horus in his affectation as Haurun-Harmakhis, some believe it is also a portrait of Khufu.  Others describe it as having the head of a woman with the body of a lion.  Today the Great Sphinx of Giza stands as the national symbol of Egypt.

What is your symbol?  If someone were to construct a stature in homage to you, what would you want it to resemble?  Better yet, if someone built a stature about your life, what would it symbolize?  Today’s post will be brief because these are not questions to skip over.  How we live is our myth, the story of our lives.  The mice thing about stories is that there is always another chapter.  We have the ability, the power, the right, and the obligation to ourselves to rewrite what we are doing by beginning another chapter.  It is not always easy but nothing worth really having ever is.

Your life….Your story…. Your happily ever after.

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