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- Sphinx Mystery : The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis
And what is it doing down there in a pit, rather than sitting on a peak somewhere so that it can be admired from afar? I decided I really had to figure all of this out, and it was intolerable that we should remain in ignorance of all of these things for a moment longer.
It took a few years, which was a long moment, but I now think I can answer all of these questions and lots more besides. I was not at all prepared for what I discovered. It goes so against everything that everyone thought they knew. But then I like that.
I believe that everybody is always wrong, including myself, and nothing delights me more than proving it. First of all, the face is the face of a pharaoh no surprise there! Then, the body is not the body of a lion at all. It never was. What is it then, if it is not a lion and does not have the face of a pharaoh whom anyone has ever suggested before? I identified the face of the pharaoh with the help of a long-forgotten and unjustly maligned study of the subject written in the late 19th century by a German scholar, Ludwig Borchardt, which I have translated and included as an appendix.
Borchardt, the Director of the German Institute at Cairo, was laughed at because of his analysis of the face of the Sphinx, but I have been able to vindicate him.
It is an interesting tale of misperception. Now the precise identity of the pharaoh whose face is on the Sphinx is known at last, which helps explain the history of the Sphinx, since that face was re-carved from the neck of an original animal head.
It is the body of a dog. As may be seen in the drawing, the Sphinx was originally carved as a giant statue of a crouching Anubis.
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He was the traditional guardian of the necropolis, and he appropriately crouched at the entrance to the Giza Plateau. Once one realizes that the Sphinx is Anubis, much ancient evidence pours in to confirm it. The exact profile and proportions of the Sphinx have been incorporated into the drawing, and the head of Anubis has been added in correct proportion to it.
Drawings by Daud Sutton. He also describes his own exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the Sphinx, perhaps used for obtaining sacred divinatory dreams. Robert Temple reveals that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and that its face is that of a Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a later re-carving. In addition, he provides photographic evidence of ancient sluice gate traces to demonstrate that, during the Old Kingdom, the Sphinx as Anubis sat surrounded by a moat filled with water—called Jackal Lake in the ancient Pyramid Texts—where religious ceremonies were held.
Temple shows evidence that the exact size and position of the Sphinx were geometrically determined in relation to the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren and that it was part of a pharaonic resurrection cult. We offer free Media Mail Shipping within the U. We ship all International orders via Priority Post. Shipping discounts available on combined orders. Needless to say, prices are subject to change without notice.
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Water erosion patterns may be seen in the stone at the centre of the photo, of a swirling nature, due to the fact that it was at this point that the water rushed in or out of the Sphinx Moat when the sluice gates were opened. Incoming water from the Nile Inundation would have rushed up against this stone barrier, swirled, and drained downwards and to the right in order to enter the Sphinx Moat, precisely as this swirling pattern indicates. We can see that someone felt impelled to chisel away from the bedrock a bit of extra room for the bottom step here, and did not bother to smooth it.
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