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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 3, 2014 - 10:44am PT
A replay of the Big Game, just concluded.
Seahawks/White vs Donkeys/Black

Smothering defense plus unstoppable offense.
Smothering defense plus unstoppable offense.
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 3, 2014 - 12:05pm PT
Ram-headed sphinx
Ram-headed sphinx

The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travellers to allow them passage. The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.

It was said in late lore that Hera or Ares sent the Sphinx from her Ethiopian homeland (the Greeks always remembered the foreign origin of the Sphinx) to Thebes in Greece where she asks all passersby the most famous riddle in history: "Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?" She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then uses a walking stick in old age. By some accounts (but much more rarely), there was a second riddle: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?" The answer is "day and night" (both words are feminine in Greek). This riddle is also found in a Gascon version of the myth and could be very ancient.

Bested at last, the tale continues, the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died. An alternative version tells that she devoured herself. Thus Oedipus can be recognized as a "liminal" or threshold figure, helping effect the transition between the old religious practices, represented by the death of the Sphinx, and the rise of the new, Olympian gods.

In Jean Cocteau's retelling of the Oedipus legend, The Infernal Machine, the Sphinx tells Oedipus the answer to the riddle, to kill herself so that she did not have to kill anymore, and also to make him love her. He leaves without ever thanking her for giving him the answer to the riddle. The scene ends when the Sphinx and Anubis ascend back to the heavens.

There are mythic, anthropological, psychoanalytic and parodic interpretations of the Riddle of the Sphinx, and of Oedipus's answer to it. Numerous riddle books use the Sphinx in their title or illustrations.

Michael Maier in his book, the Atalanta Fugiens (1617) writes the following remark about the Sphinx's riddle, in which he states that the solution is the Philosopher's Stone:

Sphinx is indeed reported to have had many Riddles, but this offered to Oedipus was the chief,

"What is that which in the morning goeth upon four feet; upon two feet in the
afternoon; and in the Evening upon three?"

What was answered by Oedipus is not known. But they who interpret concerning
the Ages of Man are deceived. For a Quadrangle of Four Elements are of all
things first to be considered, from thence we come to the Hemisphere having two
lines, a Right and a Curve, that is, to the White Luna; from thence to the Triangle
which consists of Body, Soul and Spirit, or Sol, Luna and Mercury. Hence Rhasis
in his Epistles, "The Stone," says he, "is a Triangle in its essence, a Quadrangle in
its quality."

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 3, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 4, 2014 - 04:21am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Pretend you're a bastion, FortMental.

I'll forget I'm a mouse.
Credit: mouse from merced

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:07pm PT

Maha Kumbh Mela
Maha Kumbh Mela
Credit: Wolfgang Weinhardt
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 6, 2014 - 10:18am PT

Banyan tree
Banyan tree
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 6, 2014 - 10:29am PT
Only in Santa Cruz
Saw this in Santa Cruz
Saw this in Santa Cruz
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Feb 7, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Feb 7, 2014 - 05:00pm PT
Credit: rincon
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
Feb 10, 2014 - 04:35am PT
Unpacking
and discovered
my Cabbage Patch Kid
was naked.

Credit: Leggs
craig morris

Trad climber
la
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:28pm PT
The dog wants a chicken
The dog wants a chicken
Credit: craig morris
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 10, 2014 - 03:25pm PT
Credit: moosedrool
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 12, 2014 - 01:46pm PT

anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Feb 12, 2014 - 02:05pm PT
Grumpyyyyyyyyyy cat!!!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 12, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
Anita.

Yes, I'd say so...

And this one...
Photoshop time...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 14, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
No caption can possibly do justice to this.
No caption can possibly do justice to this.
Credit: Ghost
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 16, 2014 - 09:41am PT
Credit: SCseagoat
Dang and I'm an egg lover
Susan
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 16, 2014 - 09:29pm PT
Credit: moosedrool
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
Feb 17, 2014 - 07:20am PT
Credit: Leggs
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 17, 2014 - 10:17am PT
Credit: Reilly
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