Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Sphinx: Man or Cat?

I have an exciting announcement to make, my feline friends!

The Sphinx of Egypt has long guarded the tombs of the nation's ancient kings. It has served as a symbol to its people of strength and wisdom. Many tourists visit Egypt every year to see this great marvel, and yet, not one person can answer this one simple, and yet often neglected, question: Is the Sphinx man or cat? From the evidence I collected, I believe I have finally answered this crucial scientific debate.

Long before the Egyptian statue was created, the sphinx was believed to be a mythical monster by the ancient Greeks. Oedipus (known best for having slain his own father and loving his mother inappropriately a bit too much) met the magical beast in battle along the high roads of Thebes. The sphinx, described as "having the body of a lion and the upper part of a woman", was cunning as it asked every traveler to the city a riddle, and if the person failed to answer correctly, he was killed where he stood. Oedipus, however, was a highly intelligent man (all things considered) who faced the Sphinx's riddle and won.

With this in mind, I took a closer look at the pictures of the Guardian of Giza. Here we see similarities but a striking difference. The body is still that of a lion; however, the head is that of a man. Also, since it is a man, it is difficult to tell where the lion's body stops and the man's portion begins. Hence, where the Greek version, at very best, may have been 40% human and 60% cat, the Egyptian version is 20% human and 80% cat.

However, as I poured through the documents available to me, I came upon perhaps the find of a century! Nestled in between the dusty tomes found at my local community library, I found this startling and revealing photo:


For the first time ever, my feline friends, I can say with absolute certainty that this ages old question can finally be answered. The Sphinx, undoubtedly, is ALL CAT! I cannot in good faith keep this revelation to myself any longer, and as a result of this exquisite artifact, I will be sending my research to the Texas Archeological Society for further investigation.


13 comments:

Mama Duck said...

WOW!!! What a find!!

Sam I Am said...

Zeus~
this is great!The Great Zeus has stood guard over the pyramids of Egypt.

Lot's of Licks
Sam

The Meezers said...

Not only is the Sphinx a cat, he's a Meezer

Ayla said...

Why do humans always have to think that everything is part human? It's like they have a superiority complex or something. They should know that we cats ARE the superior creatures. Thus, it is completely obvious that the sphinx is a cat.

George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

Your in-depth research has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt what we cats have known all along. This is wonderful work, Zeus and I think the university will offer you an honorary PhD in Egyptian Studies!

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

This is a shocking revelation. For all these years, I had believed the Sphinx was a pug.

Renee said...

As the first human to comment on your findings I say, duh! Of course it was a cat, who else could it be? Only a cat with it's beauty, grace & swiftness could be left to guard the great blah blah blah. You get my drift.

Kukka-Maria said...

All cat? Perhaps. But what is with his British Barrister wig?

Is he a lawyer, too?

Maybe he's just trying to look like Dee Snider from Twisted Sister.

Cheysuli said...

I thought they lost all of those photos. I believe that's a many great grandfather ancestor of mine...

DEBRA said...

All these great moments in history only happened because of our forefathers and mothers. You watch it will be discovered that at all great moments in history there were great cats standing besides the beans.

*ABBY

Rosie & Cheeto said...

I'm amazed that yoo didnt fall asleep during yer resurch. We often fall asleep doing things. Gud fur yoo!

Plus, those pichturs are amazing. What a cul cul obsurvashun, Zeus. Yer so obsurvent.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we're impressed! does you have your very own li-bary card? can we see it?

PrincessMia said...

OH MY GOSH. I can't believe that I'm just now discovering this. This is amazing, Zeus. Well done. I wish I could have read your findings as soon as they were posted.