New Season of Ancient Aliens, The Sphinx Episode

A new season (Number 7) has started with two excellent episodes. They can be viewed on-line here:

The second episode is on the Sphinx, and on the age of the Sphinx (and Great Pyramid) in particular.

Robert Bauval is featured in the episode, as well as his new book, "The Secret Chamber, Revisited" (We have been discussing the original edition of this book lately.)

Bauval states that the Giza Pyramids are time-stamped to 10,500 BC based on retro-calculation of how the Belt of Orion appeared from Earth at that time (presumably using astronomical software). In this episode, Robert Schoch also suggests that the Sphinx may very well be of that vintage, as well.

We are taken on a fascinating journey to the depths of the "Tomb of Osiris" as a further demonstration of the very great age of the Giza complex. This is led by award-winning native Egyptian "Fixer" Ramy Romany:

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(In this hilarious video Ramy explains that the car horn is used for sending "Morse Code" messages in Cairo traffic!)

The Sphinx Stela of Thutmose IV is then revisited, and Bauval strengthens the argument for an early date of the complex by mentioning the reference on the stela to the Sphinx's origins in the Zep Tepi. There follows a discussion on the possibility that a second/twin Sphinx once stood on the opposite side of the Great Pyramid facing West. This is suggested by the two sphinxes depicted on the Sphinx Stela. However, there is another explanation for this "doubleness" of the Sphinx. That is, the Sphinx was it's own double and symbolized the royal family's practice of effectively cloning themselves and achieving a type of immortality through inbreeding. (Picture Ramy honking a message out right now!) The Sphinx was also an embodiment of the female ruler/pharaoh, and as such she was capable of producing a male version of herself as heir. This is the hidden aspect of her office as "God's Wife of Amun."

"The 2nd [Chephron/"Judah"] Pyramid is directly behind the Sphinx and therefore in the "mating position." The duty of a prince in the role of Horus the Elder was to "uncover the nakedness" of the family Hathor [Ninhursag, "Lady of the Sacred Mountain/Pyramid"] figure. Exposing the body of the Sphinx by clearing it of sand was a symbolic part of that role. It could be compared to Ham exposing the nakedness of his "father" Noah. It was a family tradition (which was sooner or later) considered shameful and embarrassing. Unlike a shamed Godfather, the shame of a Godmother was apparently borne with great pride, at least privately. The royal Hathor figure was something of a female Messiah, a woman willing to sacrifice herself (and be reckoned accursed) for the salvation of her family/people."

The role of the Great Queen as personification of the Sphinx is clearly demonstrated in early dynastic Egypt through women such as Khentkawes ("Candace") who assumed traditional male pharaonic appearance (and were forerunners of later queens such as Hatshepsut). This is the subject of a series of short essays:

Sphinx I (Queen Khentkawes)

Sphinx II (Queen Khentkawes, Cont.)

Sphinx III (Queen Hetepheres)

Sphinx IV (Oedipus Rex)

Sphinx V (Word Studies)

Sphinx and Pyramids Research

Surprisingly, this episode of Ancient Aliens spends a large amount of time at the beginning of the show covering Robert Temple's theory that the Sphinx was originally a representation of Anubis. I have great respect for Temple's research, but this is not a theory that I can endorse, at least in terms of how the Sphinx was interpreted during pharaonic times. (If the Sphinx was a dog, this representation must have even pre-dated the Zep Tepi!) Here are links to an extensive commentary on this theory.

Robert Temple's "The Sphinx Mystery"

One other segment of the episode of note was a discussion of the Mars photos that suggest a parallel Giza Plateau on the Red Planet. There wasn't sufficient detail for this to be at all convincing, but I suppose there was no harm in mentioning a possible double-ganger in the solar system.