- Gebundene Ausgabe: 415 Seiten
- Verlag: Crown Pub; Auflage: Deutsch (Juni 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0614968178
- ISBN-13: 978-0614968170
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 21 x 14,4 x 3,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 35 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 951.845 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juni 1996
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Argues that the ancient structures at Giza may be much older than originally thought, and discusses a mysterious underground chamber recently detected beneath the Sphinx. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
In this riveting account of historical and archaeological investigation, the authors present hard evidence that the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the other monuments at Giza are of far more ancient origin than previously believed. Complete with evidence of a conspiracy between the Egyptology establishment and various confidential organizations to keep the secrets of the Pyramids from the world, The Message of the Sphinx is also a modern-day detective story. of photos. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
According to their theories, the pyramids were built according to a "master plan". The fact, that all the pyramids in question are clearly attributable to individual pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty might contradict that. The authors, who claim that the names discovered in the pyramids themselves are forgeries, deny this fact. However, they conveniently ignore the undisputed appearance of these names in the building complexes belonging to each of the pyramids. Furthermore, pyramids did not turn up "out of the blue", but are the culmination of hundreds of years of gradual development; exactly as the accomplished culture of the Old Kingdom, for that matter. Their claim, that the Sphinx is not a representation of Pharaoh Khephren is a.o. substantiated by the fact, that a forensic expert could see no resemblance with undisputed images of this king. However, one of the basics of Ancient Egyptian iconography is the fact that you can hardly speak of individual portraits, even for kings; any image is identified by inscriptions rather than by facial features.
In the first part of the book, the authors spare no pains to stress their scientifical approach to the matter. The fact, that they accept the visions of the clairvoyant Edgar Cayce as one of the proofs for the existence of the alleged "Hall of Records", supposedly situated under the Sphinx, transports their argumentation from the scientifical to the metaphysical: this, of course, effectively ends all discussion on this matter.
It is true that the Egyptian authorities are very reluctant to allow destructive research techniques on the Giza plateau, especially when implemented by foreigners. This is not due to some worldwide conspiracy, but simply because the Egyptians do not like their vulnerable national symbols tampered with.
While it is difficult at this stage to prove conclusively whether or not such a provocative theory is correct (although, as this work has become a best-seller, it would hopefully lead to more transparency in future excavation work at Giza, which, after all, houses one of the greatest heritage of human civilisation), the arguments put forward in support of the authors' views are very interesting and, at times, even enlightening. In particular, with the aid of well-produced diagrams, the authors have successfully led the reader step by step through a historical and astronomical minefield towards the startling revelation that the heaven (as represented by the stars) and the earth (as represented by the mega-structures at Giza) actually mirrored each other to an astonishing extent in that mysterious early epoch and that such heaven-earth symmetry appears to be consistent with the ideas apparently expressed in certain ancient Egyptian texts, leaving the reader wondering whether it is all mere coincidence or whether there has indeed been some clever planning by our forebears which is now lost in the mist of time.
It is evident that the authors have put in much effort in explaining their propositions clearly from basic principles and thus knowledge in astronomy or Egyptololgy is not a prerequisite before one can follow their train of reasoning. Nevertheless, this is bascially a one-sided analysis where those who have opposed to the theory and some others in the orthodox academia are often portrayed as narrow-minded bigots or are having a secret agenda of their own. The style of writing is not that remarkable and there is a fair amount of repetition and some not too judiciously considered section divisions, which sometimes impede the flow of argument. Nevertheless, this is one of the books which have opened up an entirely new dimension in a much debated and researched field and those who like subject matters relating to mysteries of ancient civilisation will certainly find it indispensible. Personally, I would hope that, whatever the merits of the arguments contained therein, it will encourage everybody, including orthodox archeologists, to examine the Giza necropolis more thoroughly so that one day, we can unravel all the mysteries (if any) which the Sphinx has been guarding throughout the ages.
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