|Egyptologist Kasia Szpakowska (©Mark Bussell/Providence Pictures/PBS.org)|
|Stela of Thutmosis IV: pharoah's slab|
|Photo of the Sphinx (135 years ago) buried in sand, neck far too wide before modifications.|
- The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis by Robert Temple
|Stela etching of Thutmosis IV offering incense to the god [Anubis?] as the Sphinx.|
What is the story written on Thutmosis IV's stela?
|The stela is an account of the king's dream.|
- Robert Temple: The Sphinx and Anubis (2/4)
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It includes an anthology of eyewitness accounts from early travelers who explored the secret chambers before they were sealed in 1926.
It reveals that the Sphinx was originally carved as a monumental crouching Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god of the necropolis.
Shrouded in mystery for centuries, the Sphinx of Giza has frustrated many who have attempted to discover its original purpose.
Accounts exist of the Sphinx as an oracle, as a king’s burial chamber, and as a temple for initiation into the Hermetic Mysteries. Egyptologists have argued for decades about whether there are secret chambers underneath it, why the head-to-body ratio is out of proportion, which is completely uncharacteristic of Egyptian design, and whose face adorns it.
Robert Temple addresses the many mysteries of the Sphinx and presents eyewitness accounts, covering a period of 281 years, of people who saw the secret chambers and even went inside them before they were sealed in 1926 -- accounts that had been forgotten until the author rediscovered them.
He proves that Zahi Hawass, ousted head of Egyptian antiquities, is a liar. He also describes his own exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the Sphinx, perhaps used for obtaining sacred divinatory dreams.
Temple reveals that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god. The face is that of a Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a more recent 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 also provides 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.