The Great Sphinx of Giza.

Depicting Man or Beast? Can You Solve the Riddle of the Great Sphinx of Giza?

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The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most fantastic monuments of ancient Egypt. A monolith carved into the limestone bedrock of the Giza plateau, the statue depicts a mythical creature with the head of a man and the body of a lion. According to legend, the Sphinx protects the tombs of the great pharaohs of Egypt and has done so ever since 2500 BC. However, in recent times, much debate has swirled around the origins and nature of this statue. Some say that erosion patterns actually indicate the Sphinx was built hundreds, if not thousands, of years earlier. Others suggest that the oddly disproportionate head suggest that originally, the statue was not of a sphinx at all, but rather of a lion or perhaps even the dog god, Anubis. As nobody may ever know the truth for certain, the Riddle of the Sphinx lives on.

The Great Sphinx of Giza.

The Great Sphinx of Giza. Source: Public Domain

The Mythical Sphinx

A sphinx is a mythical figure in Greek and Egyptian mythology. It is typically portrayed as having the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. A sphinx can be male or female, but is always cunning and merciless. Usually, in myths, a sphinx asks riddles and if a person answers incorrect, he is eaten. Sometimes the sphinx terrorizes a village. For example, the sphinx of Boeotian Thebes “the most famous in legend, was said to have terrorized the people by demanding the answer to a riddle taught her by the Muses—What is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? —and devouring a man each time the riddle was answered incorrectly. Eventually,  Oedipus gave the proper answer: man, who crawls on all fours in infancy, walks on two feet when grown, and leans on a staff in old age. The sphinx thereupon killed herself.” (The Editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 2016)

Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes, Red Figure Kylix, c. 470 BC, from Vulci, attributed to the Oedipus Painter, Vatican Museums.

Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes, Red Figure Kylix, c. 470 BC, from Vulci, attributed to the Oedipus Painter, Vatican Museums. (Marcus Cyron/ CC BY SA 2.0 )

At other times, as in the Great Sphinx of Giza, the creature is said to be guarding something and will not let anyone pass unless they correctly answer a riddle.

Who Built the Sphinx of Giza?

Conventional wisdom holds that the Sphinx of Giza was built during the 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt under the reign of Pharaoh Khafre (2558 – 2532 BC), around the same time that the Great Pyramids were being built. The statue’s face was supposed to be made in the Pharaoh’s image. Yet, one cannot help but be confused by the appearance of such a little head on top of such a gigantic body. “If we know anything about the ancient Egyptians and their statues, we know that they always got the proportions right. In fact, we could say that they were evidently obsessed with correct proportions in everything. So why would they carve what is still even today the world's largest stone statue and get the proportions wrong?” (Temple, 2009)

Giza Plateau - Great Sphinx - front view, note the proportions of the head to larger body.

Giza Plateau - Great Sphinx - front view, note the proportions of the head to larger body. (Daniel Mayer/ CC BY SA 3.0 )

In addition, the face of the Sphinx does not look like other depictions of Khafre. “Known depictions of Khafre on statues and the Sphinx reveal many differences, though one might defend – though no one seems to have done so – that the sculptors got the precise features of Khafre slightly wrong, because of the uniqueness, the scale and challenge of working with the native rock at Gizeh, rather than with the much smaller scale and tested methodology of his known statues, some of which were recovered from the Valley Temple right next to the Sphinx.” (Coppens, 2016).

Some say that the Sphinx is more in the style of Pharaoh Khufu, Khafre’s father, and was therefore built sometime during his reign (2589 – 2566 B.C.). Others argue that it was built by Khufu’s other son, the little-known Pharaoh Djedefre (2528 – 2520 B.C.) in honor of Khufu, which explains why was in Khufu’s style and why it does not look like Khafre – it could have been made in Khufu’s likeness.

Head of a statue of Pharaoh Khafre (Einsamer Schütze/CC BY SA 3.0), and head in ivory of Pharaoh Khufu exposed in Altes Museum (Marcus Cyron/CC BY SA 3.0). Do you see a resemblance between either pharaoh with the Sphinx?

Left-right: Head of a statue of Pharaoh Khafre (Einsamer Schütze/ CC BY SA 3.0 ), and head in ivory of Pharaoh Khufu exposed in Altes Museum (Marcus Cyron/ CC BY SA 3.0 ). Do you see a resemblance between either pharaoh with the Sphinx?

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Barry Sears's picture

I remain stunned why the World zodiac connections have been lost. The anatomical pattern is expressed in all of life. Israel the historical land of Virgo correlates to Virgo. Leo correlates to the Sphinx. These are anatomical positions. From the heads zone of Easter Island to the junction of the Merlion. See how all of our Worlds animals, fit this pattern now.          

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AintGottaClue's picture

That the original was either a lioness, or Anubis makes sense. It is obvious the current head is not the original. It is also, I believe, true, that the ancient "gods" were alien visitors (including the God of the Bible), and they engaged in genetic manipulation of small groups of humans, providing them with advanced knowledge, and thereby "kick-starting" advanced civilization on earth. How else to explain the sudden, literally overnight, eruption of advanced civilizations such as the Sumerians? Even "conventional historians" admit they have no clue where the Sumerians originated, or how they acquired their knowledge. There is no "prehistoric" lead-up to the sudden, full-blown Sumerian civilization, which was complete with everything from Animal Husbandry to Zoology!! Religion, sophisticated government, agriculture, professional castes from Bakers to Jewelers, scribes, courts and legal system, schools, animal husbandry, construction engineering, you name it, they had it ALL!! Including their own written history of having been helped by, yup, aliens, who they called "gods," and who lived among them for quite some time!! Imagine that! History is MUCH more complex than the conventional historians would have us believe!!

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

Barry Sears's picture

The simple message of the sphinx is bound within the structure of Nut. The figure represents the Celestial path of which we pass through and was depicted as a body from head to foot. Each zone of the Celestial body connects to the zones of the Worlds body and to interpret the energies of the Celestial order, studying the zones of the World was essential. Ancient explorers and scientific studies divided the World into zones and it was realised that animals and life changed from the same pattern as a complete body. Animal features varied in different regions of the World. This was recorded on the circular zodiac of Dendera, the World record and this rotates in the opposite direction to the Celestial zodiac of Nut. 

Each zone is of a different animal feature found in the different regions of the World. The ram has a horn feature connecting to the top of the head, the bull has a distinctively strong neck....The lion represents the heart land, the lung, torso region of the body and this is the position at the sphinx in Egypt. The zodiac is stamped in great monuments and recorded in all zones around the equator of our World. Beside Leo the Sphinx is the womb of our anatomy and this was represented as Virgo. Israel beside Egypt is the land of Virgo, Stonehenge is the Cancer sign, to the heads of Easter Island....

Although the Celestial zodiac, made of Earthly forms is well known, what seems to be lost is it's connection to the World and the World zodiac correlation. The Sphinx marks an anatomical position and can easily been seen as this in my picture and in the zodiac pictures on the gallery pages. 

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The Sphinx is Isis. It is a lioness, protecting the way to her beloved brother and husband Osiris. She is Mother Goddess to the Egyptian people and her son Horus was the first man. The pyramids of Giza are representing the three stars of the belt of the Orion constellation, which is the Greek name for Osiris.
The pyramids together with the Nile river representing the milky way, exactly correspond in alignment in 36,420 BC and again (but not as exact as previously) in 10,400 BC, this points to the time of Isis and Horus as being in 36,420 BC, thats what the Sphinx and pyramids point out.
That does not say when they were made but it's a fair indication that to be able to replicate the alignment means it had to have been seen at the time it is aligned to.

It is highly likely it was something else that got destroyed when one pharaohs ideas on deities changed to another and had it broken and transformed into his own image?

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