Secret of Anubis - Ancient Astronomy
By Karima Lachtane

Famous Historical Places - Sphinx

"In a land fare to the south, lays a gigantic creature unlike any other. It carries many secrets from the past, and enchant people to have thousands of theories, of it existence.."

Truly this magnificent ancient structure, must be seen as a historical place set a part from the great Pyramids. I would say that it has earned its right, simply by surviving for thousands of years.

The sphinx of Giza was once upon a time also known as "The Terrifying one", it is considered a Mysterious structure on earth, the rock cut sculpture has a human head, and lions body. 

The statue is located on Western bank of River Nile along the Giza plateau. 

There are many mysterious theories about the Sphinx, one of them, is the theory about who the Sphinx portrays, and it is believed that it is the face of one pharaoh named Khafra. 

A German archaeologist named Rainer Stadelmann, did a careful examination of the beard, that was detached and the headdress, and he concluded that it was more parallel to Pharaoh Khufu. 

He supports this, with the evidence that the Khafra’s Causeway was constructed to suit the pre-existing structure, which by then could be the sphinx. 
Picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx

Of all monoliths, this is the largest ,standing 74 meters long, 19 meters wide and 20 meters tall. The structure may have been built from 2558-2532 BC. 

There are many questions regarding the sphinx, and the countless of questions has led to the formation of different sphinx riddles. 

According to evidences found, it is thought that the structure was part of a larger funerary complex. 

The valley temple and sphinx temple are build with 200 tone stone blocks that have been excavated from the structures enclosure. 

Many people have tried to explain the origin and the nature of the sphinx. 

Early Egyptologists know that the structure was unearthed during the reign of the Egyptian pharaoh Tuthmosis IV. 

They know this, because of the Dream stealer which Tuthmosis IV had erected between the feet of the Sphinx.


Top of the Dream Stealer
http://euler.slu.edu/~bart/egyptianhtml/kings%20and%20Queens/Tuthmosis_IV.html

however, the structure could not have formed a perfect sculpture of a human head and a lion’s body, the proportions between the head and body, are too different. 

There are other theories like the water erosion hypothesis, which is rather interesting, and might hold the most truth of all theories.


This water erosion theory is placed in the category of geology, and it is presented by Mr. John Anthony West in collaboration with Mr. Robert M. Schoch.

One mythologist Colin Reader proposed the sphinx of Giza could have been a place for worship before necropolis. 

Over the last 700 years, many people have tried to demystify the mysteries behind the sphinx, but only having theories of what could have created this amazing structure. 

Other poets have depicted the structure having breasts similar to those of women...

The structure ads immense history and it is a great place to learn the ancient Egyptian culture and history. 

This was a short recap of how the Sphinx is viewed by different people, some are not plausible, while others surely seem proven by nature itself.


Despite all the theories, one thing is for curtain, The Sphinx is indeed a famous historical place, where dreams meet reality and become one.


Now with this in mind, I would like to draw your attention further south, to the temples of Karnak...

We are actually going to zoom in on the building blocks themselves, those use at the Sphinx temple, and other building blocks that I found at Karnak...

Continues into Next Post, Stay Tuned...

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