The Sphinx are mythical guardians of great power. They traditionally have the face of a human and the body of a lion. They are also occasionally depicted with the wings of an eagle.
They possess immense power but to be able to use it they must issue a riddle or a challenge. If they are defeated (wich is rare) they would yield some knowledge or some sort of treasure they are bound to guard.
In Greek mythology, there was only ever a single Sphinx named Phix. This Sphinx was female and was a unique 'Demon' of bad luck and destruction. Despite the one Sphinx in Greek mythology, many other countries had their own versions of Sphinxs.
Indian Sphinx: This was named 'Purushamriga', a Sanskrit word which meant 'Man Beast'. It's idols are still worshipped today, and it's believed the Sphinx removes the evils and sins of a man.
Shri-Lanka Sphinx: This was named 'Narashima' which is of Buddhist orign. It is believed to be the Guardian of the North Direction.
Burmese Sphinx: This was named 'Manussiha' which was believed to be created by Buddhist monks. It was created to protect new born babies.
- One of their favored riddles was:
- "what walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening" - The answer being man.