The Giza Plateau is one of the world’s great mysteries. Of course the three large pyramids gain most of the attention, and rightfully so. And the more one studies them, the more amazing they become, beyond what is normally presented in textbooks. The next focus for tourists is the Sphinx, a marvel in itself. Yet few take the time to really examine the rest of the sites on the plateau. There are six remaining smaller pyramids (along with remnants of several others), mastaba tombs, shafts to underground chambers, temples around the pyramids, amazing shaping of granite stones, and several surprises.
For this article I want to take the reader-traveler’s attention to a place visited, but rarely lingered at. The Valley Temple. Located just in front of the Sphinx, this temples not only displays examples of amazing building practices with megalithic blocks placed in Peruvian-style jigsaw fashion, but presents some ideas of age of the Plateau.Read more “Valley Temple of Giza”
I found this video last week. It is the best I have seen to explain the ancient Egyptian system of art and relief. I believe it is put together by the Laboratory of Alternate History from Russia…but I am not 100% sure.
The basic premise is that Egyptian art is a very specialized set of technical drawings, the same as used by Engineers for building designs. They are the kind even used by IKEA to explain how to put together a book shelf, done with the least amount of words and only the use of pictures. These two things are put together in Egypt in total perfection. Once you understand what they are showing, the wall reliefs become even more amazing to see it. I knew they were at a high level, but never to this state.
The first 5-10 minutes are a bit dull as they talk about Russian spacecraft and how they set up the plans for them. Just keep watching for the next 20 minutes is an amazing presentation.
It has been 9 months since John Anthony West died in February of this year. I was lucky enough to have met a man that I could call one of my heroes. He was absolutely instrumental in the beginning of my Egypt search. When I first began this study, on the tail end of a 6 month depression, I had seen a Nova pyramid building program on PBS and knew I had to study Ancient Egypt.
I took my historian’s mind, and went to the local library and took out 12 books on various aspects of Egypt. The first book read is long forgotten, something standard Egyptological. The second book in the pile happened to be Serpent in the Sky by John West. It revolutionized everything I was doing. I was able to skim read the rest of the standard books (I wanted an overview of what they were saying) but I knew after that book the direction it would take for truth of the Ancient World to be found.
What amazed me is I took a look today at John West’s Wikipedia page. It shocked me, well the part I will bold. This is the exact words on Wikipedia, “John Anthony West (July 9, 1932 – February 6, 2018) was an American author, lecturer, guide and a proponent of the Sphinx water erosion hypothesis fringe theory in geology.” It does go on to describe the theory, and how it won an Emmy Award for best documentary. But right there, in line one.
Fringe Theory. That is how his great gift to humanity is still being regarded in the mainstream circles. Basically what West, and of course geologist Robert Schoch did, was for the first time to present very solid scientific evidence that at least one of the Egyptian monuments, in this case The Sphinx of Giza, was much much older than Ancient Egypt. You can look up the details for yourself if you have somehow been researching this material and not seen this yet. For the first time ideas were given a science base. I took geology in university with my history degree. Once pointed out to me, the water weathering on the Sphinx and enclosure were obvious…more so once you get there and can see the limestone up close.
You might say all of the work that has come to books and documentaries since 1991 in trying to unravel the ancient world, its technology, wisdom and what not in some way has John Anthony West’s work as its basis. And those of us in the field, know it.
I met John for a very long evening talk in Luxor in 2004. He was on a tour, but he was kind enough after several phone calls over the previous year, to take a few hours for me to discuss some elements of Luxor and Karnak, and to talk a bit on the book I was writing (The Power of Then) and some what might be called shaping suggestions of it. His quote that made it the back cover of my book is truly one of the most heartwarming gifts that has been given in my life.
He was the inspiration for my search, now in year 21…and he inspired so many more out there. I just wanted to make sure he was acknowledged again, in another place. He truly was a foundation of all that came after him.
A short update. Two interesting things have come to my attention. The first was a series of drawings presented in the British newspaper The Sphere, on March 22, 1913. It claims to be drawings made on from the presentation of Harvard Egyptologist GA Reisner…who was in fact a key part of the digs on the plateau right into the 1930’s.
What it depicts are his finding that the internal structure of the sphinx’s head and body contain large temples, the body of a pharoah (he claims Menes, the one claimed to have unified of upper and lower Egypt) in a special pyramid room, and that stairs lead down to further chambers.
I haven’t written about this subject in a while, but the news a month ago of the void found in the Great Pyramid by the “Scans Pyramid” group of French and Japanese scientists is of course very interesting. The void, located some 70 meters above the grand gallery, is a space almost as large and has a sort of cigar shaped appearance.
I want to point your attention to an interesting article that I read recently in my research by Ralph Ellis and Mark Foster called Tunnel Vision.
What they are wondering about is what is known as Al Manun’s forced entry tunnel, the one tourists today use to enter the Great Pyramid as opposed to the original entrance that is a bit further up the pyramid. I had long wondered if the story (that he just randomly began digging a tunnel when he could not find the original entrance) was just wrong. That is because his tunnel is almost at the exact point where the descending passage and the ascending passage meet.
This article goes into detail on the background, and gives a possible interesting reason for its being dug. I don’t want to say I agree with everything, but it does provide very thought provoking ideas that all who study the Pyramid should ponder.
A simple version of the article is here
Another version with a few more photos is here
I have spending lots of time lately at stone circles all through Europe. It is too bad that in most cases the sites are virtually ignored- almost no visitors. Even worse, in some cases the sites are not that well looked after- the stones are getting covered with moss and lichens, and smaller stones (which were a key part of the overall design) are now covered over with earth and grass. Yet the power at these places remain- and the stones themselves are acting like “accupuncture needles” into the energy of the earth meridians that cause this energy to be intensified at the site, and at the circle itself.
But that is not the reason for this post. It involves people taking things, ususally stones, from the site. Like anything in nature- people think they can just take what they want, it is all here just for our use. A flower can be picked, rock taken home, a gulf polluted with oil. We can do what we want. I was taught from the natives who shared with me, that we can never take anything from nature- not a flower or even a stone- without asking its permission, and then leaving a gift to that place in return. We always must give to take.
At a power place, such as a stone circle- it must regareded the same as a church or temple. This were places the ancients came for ceremonies, healing, gathering knowledge, and for deep contemplation. The stones, even the small ones of the path, have soaked up tremendous power from being there. And it can be ok for them to come with us- for a time. We may realize that we need a deeper connection of a spot- for healing or knowlege or whatnot. And sometimes a stone is able to help us with our connections.
Before you take any stone from a site- think of it as a church. you wouldn’t just take a painting off the wall because it looked nice. First you must ask if the stone wants to come with you, and REALLY LISTEN. If it says no, then it stays. If it says yes, then you must leave a gift. Either tobacco, another stone, water or some other gift. To not do this could mean that the stone- and its new found power, might turn against you, causing all sorts of disturbance in your life. Many problems people face comes from taking something from nature without its permission. And even if the stone does come, then you must always be ready to return it to the EXACT place you found it, if the feeling comes for that to occur.
In the work of self definition (who am I) and figuring out this place (where am I) power or energy becomes one of the most important tools we can understand to give us what we need to be the battery for our inner seeking. Thus these places of power from the ancient world can help us in ways we may not be able to fully understand. Just remember to treat this- as anything with great power- with great respect. The tiger looks friendly now, but grab it by the tail, and you might get an unsuspecting bite.