While most sources suggest that the Dendera Zodiac
is an astronomical calendar of the Ancient
Egyptians, I'd like to challenge this view with an alternative and perhaps additional
interpretation. With that, I mean that we may actually be
looking at a representation of an advanced, technological device
I'm considering this viewpoint mainly because of other depictions, such as the Dendera Lights
(see further below), that are also highly reminiscent of ancient technology in Ancient Egypt.
But Let's have a look at the Zodiac first:
Astronomical Calendar, Technological Device or Both?
When looking at the circular layout of the Zodiac, it could indeed represent a starmap or
incl. a representation of the skies and heavens (especially since the
zodiac is on the ceiling of a chapel at the Dendera Temple complex). But when looking closely, there might be more to it than just an astronomical
'twist' as part of a rather marvelous piece of artwork.
So let's get to the point: below, you see a comparison between the Zodiac and a modern-day diagram showing a
4-pole DC Generator with eight coils surrounding an armature core
The similarities are intriguing
and IMO a device like that is certainly at the heart of any advanced society that knows about electricity and
physics. A generator and motor, producing motion and electricity, thereby bringing things to life ... certainly something to worship, if witnessed by
a less developed civilization.
Here's why I believe that the generator layout would 'fit' the Egyptian depiction:
1. The main field poles (A)
are represented by two Egyptians holding the disc at the 4 cardinal
2. The interpoles (B)
are each represented by one Egyptian at the 4 ordinal
3. 4 Poles seem to be connected to the outside
(as would be the case in a 4-pole generator with 8 coils)
4. The rotation & motion
of the core is represented by people & animals (central disc) facing in 'one' direction
Yet another diagram shows the possible configurations of DC generators including wiring and external connections, seemingly resembling the basic
symmetrical layout of the Dendera Zodiac:
Why use daily-life pictorial elements for a technical representation?
If the Dendera Zodiac
is indeed a simplified representation of a DC generator, then why did the ancient Egyptians depict it using elements of
their daily lives instead of a pure technical representation? Well, a very good question which perfectly relates to the
When looking at the image below, it becomes clear that the 'general' layout of the Dendera Lights is that of a
. But on the detail-level, we see elements of daily Egyptian life, perhaps with the
exception of the djed symbol
which almost exactly resembles a high-voltage insulator:
Sources: Dendera Lights 1
The fact that these reliefs solely seem to depict 'simplified' technological diagrams, with no evidence of any actual hardware found in the vicinity,
led me to believe that this knowledge was either shown to the Ancient Egyptians
or that they found some of it at some point in the past.
Maybe some more distant ancestors
had access to this technology and some descriptions or manuals ended up in the legacy of
Egyptian culture? In this context, it may be noteworthy to mention that there are also other reliefs in Ancient Egypt that also seem to depict
technological devices, such as
Due to the speculative content presented in the OP, I posted this in ATS Skunkworks instead of the Ancient Civilizations forum, but I still hope it
reaches those interested in the subject matter. Thanks for reading up to here and I'm very much looking forward to your thoughts on this ...
Source & Links:
1. General Information About The Dendera Zodiac
2. Basic Motor Theory
3. DC Machine Construction
4. The Astronomical Monuments of the Ancients
5. Lights of the Pharaohs: the Electric Lights
6. The Dendera Temple Complex
7. Ancient Electricity, Dendera Lights
8. The Dendera Affair
9. The Egyptian Calendar
DISCLAIMER: All images used in this post are either in the Public Domain, have a Creative Commons license or are otherwise implemented in a way
that is likely to qualify as a fairuse.
edit on 19-3-2014 by jeep3r because: Text/Title