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The Great Sphinx of Gizeh and afterlife

The Great Sphinx of Gizeh is researched, along with the concept of afterlife.


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The Great Sphinx of Gizeh has the head of a human and the body of a lion. What could it symbolize? What story does it have to tell?

This essay offers some fascinating news in terms of art history, especially one icon in Egypt. After researching the Internet, I discovered a plethora of information regarding the Sphinx at Gizeh. Research reveals that another name for the Great Sphinx is "Transmutation" or 'becoming" (please include where the information came from/website). This piece is famous globally for its uniqueness and symbolism.

When looking at the key features of this famous art form, it is evident that it contains rich symbolism. For example, research shows that "The idea of a human form above an animal body is not meant to be a static image, but one that rises out of the earth, giving birth at the first level to the domain of instinct and especially to the instinct for survival" ( In order words, it seems to represent the cyclical of life, the strong connection between humans and nature and how this connection was meaningful to the culture and historical context for the Egyptian people.

Research also shows that the "second level to the higher instincts which become the prototype for the advancing human being. These higher instincts have only been partially realized today. For being human is also an evolutionary process, and an understanding of what 'humanity' involves changes along with the consciousness that supports ...

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The Great Sphinx of Gizeh and afterlife are featured concepts.