A tomb in the Serapeum of Saqqara. Picture by Tatjana Ingold, from the Erich von Daniken archives
This article was compiled and written with the help and combination of a chapter in the groundbreaking 1984 book “Eyes of the Sphinx” by Erich von
Daniken, the help of Wikipedia-digging and filling in some blanks with logic.
The Serapeum in Saqqara
A Serapeum is an ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Serapis who combined aspects of Osiris and Apis in humanized form. The word
“Serapis” is a mixture of the words Osiris and Apis.
One of many such Serapeum lies at the Step Pyramid at Saqqara near Memphis, Egypt and is said to be the burial place of the “Apis Bulls”,
creations of the god Ptah. The Serapeum of Saqqara was discovered by Auguste Marriette who had set out to collect coptic manuscripts and then had
instead become interested in the remains of Saqqara. The first thing Mariette found in 1850 was the head of a sphinx and then an entire avenue of
sphinxes which led him to the site. The Sphinx is probably the most famous human-animal hybrid which has given lead to speculation of ancient
cross-breeding and genetic engineering. Of course contemporary science rejects the notion because it doesn't fit the world view of our ancient
ancestors having the high technology required to engineer and neither do modern scholars accept the notion of ancient extraterrestrial intervention
and genetic engineering, but tales, pictures and statues of hybrid-beings tell a different story nevertheless.
Mariette used explosives to clear rocks blocking the entrance to the catacombs and excavated a tunnel system. Notes of his excavation are lost (notes
and documentation being mysteriously “lost” is nothing unusual when it comes to suppressing knowledge).
The Serapeum consists of numerous long straight underground galleries cut into the rock, with side chambers containing large granite sarcophagi, which
weigh up to 70 tons each. According to contemporary Egyptology, these sarcophagi (tombs) held the mummified remains of the apis-bulls. Or so the
tourist and researcher will read in the accepted literature. This however, is a piece of disinformation, as no corpses of bulls were ever found in
Saqqara, neither mummified nor otherwise. Only one mummified corpse had been found there and it was not that of a Bull. The other 24 sarcophagi are
said to have been robbed.
Since no actual bull corpses have been found at this side, Egyptologists assume that yet undug areas (which Mariette deemed to dangerous to excavate
holds the remains of the mythological bull (or, as I believe, hybrid-being). Mariette's “new discovery” is not actually entirely new as
information on the Serapeum at Saqqara was given by renowned historians such as Herodotus, Diodorus, Sicilus and Strabon more than a thousand years
ago. These historians not only described the existence of an Apis-Cult but also it's precise location.
"One finds," said the geographer Strabo (1st century AD), "a temple to Serapis in such a sandy place that the wind heaps up the sand dunes beneath
which we saw sphinxes, some half buried, some buried up to the head, from which one can suppose that the way to this temple could not be without
danger if one were caught in a sudden wind storm."
The sphinxes were indeed found. The Serapeum, described by our ancient scribes, were indeed found. But the historians also spoke of the corpses of
apis-beings that were pompously entombed and would be found there. In his neverending search and struggle for concessions, re-negotiations with the
Egyptian military, fight with smugglers and employment of 2000 people helping him he found everything except those elusive apis-bulls.
Sphinxes Found, just like ancient historians had described
Huge and heavy Tombs in the Serapeum
Images of Underground Tunnels, Saqqara
Researcher Erich von Daniken writes (very roughly and loosely translated by me)
Imagine Mariettes disappointment when, after a laborious search and plenty of explosives, Mariette found one of the gigantic sarcophagi, opened
it...and found it to be empty. Where had the apis-bulls, topic of legends and myths, disappeared to? In the weeks thereafter he systemically searched
the tunnels of the Serapeum. As he dug and exploded his way through the underground he found that someone had already been to these nearly
inaccessible places and had apparently robbed the tombs. They were all empty and the lids either shoved to the side, broken or put to the ground.
Finally, deep within the Serapeum, behind one boulder which was removed with dynamite, he and his group found a coffin that contained a mummified
corpse, the only one found there. But it contained not a bull, but a human. A gilded mask covered the mans face and he wore a gold chain with two
jasper amulets. "Was this the mummy of the prince Kaemwaset himself before our eyes, the one who was so devoted to the Apis bull?" Mariette later
asked. Surrounding the body lie 18 small human-headed statues bearing the inscription “Osiris-Apis, God of Eternity”. Not bull-headed statues,
mind you. Even later in this search a dream seemed to have come true as Mariette stood in front of two tombs that were apparently undamaged and
untouched since thousands of years, indeed since the time they were closed. A golden statue of Osiris stood guarding the chamber and on the floor lie
gold tiles that had split off the ceiling over time. That ceiling featured another picture of Osiris, this time shown as a Hybrid-Being. Convinced
that here he would find the Serapis he opened the tomb with utmost care. But again, he neither found a bull nor the head of a bull, nor its horns. He
found a rank substance that crumbled at the slightest touch. Beneath the smelly bitumen he found several shards of small and fragmented bones that (as
later research has proven) had already been splintered in ancient times. No bulls...but what did the small shattered bones mean?
So why does mainstream Egyptology insist that the apis-bull was a regular bull and why does it insist that the tombs north of Saqqara were used for
normal bulls? Because embalmed and mummified bulls were found elsewhere in connection with the Serapis-cult. This is why they automatically assume
that this huge and mysterious temple was also a place for ordinary bulls. What is conveniently ignored is that the Bulls found come from a much later
period than the period in which temples such as the Serapeum of Saqqara were built. The bulls in Alexandria for example are dated to have been buried
around Roman times (A.C.), more than a thousand or even two thousand years (Egyptologists are still struggling with their chronology) after the
original sacred burials of Serapis Other than that the tombs connected to the “apis-cult” not only in Saqqara but also elsewhere, do not contain
any bodies of bulls but are either empty or contain smelly layers of dirt covering tiny smashed bones or that one mummy of a human wearing a golden
mask. When removing the bandages not even that turned out to be a “human” though but only more of the decayed substance.
Daniken continues (rough translation by me)
The sarcophagi are made of assuan-granite, assuan being around 1000 kilometers far away from the Serapeum. I wonder how they chiseled, smoothed
and transported all these extremely heavy pieces and then somehow brought them into the chambers they had laboriously dug. The effort invested is
evidence of the importance the contents of the tombs must have had. But we are supposed to believe they only contained bulls and shattered/smashed
ones at that. So first they artfully mummify them then smash them and add some sticky substance to the mix? And besides: Where are the remains of the
bulls horns? “Of course not”, mainstream Egyptology says. “They would not smash their sacred bulls, that would have been considered a sacrilege.
Corpses were always buried whole in ancient Egypt”.
Two very well kept Bulls in Abuser add to the mystery: Tombs were found apparently containing the mummies of these sacred bulls. The bandages were
untampered with and well-preserved. Even real bull horns were sticking out of the top of the head. Had they finally been found? But to the amazement
of all involved, they did not find an intact Bulls body beneath the bandages but the bones of several other animals, some of species which couldn't
even be identified. So do we here finally have evidence of what many historians and ancient scribes have always been talking about: The “Gods”
creating “mixtures of species through cross-breeding”? In his book “The Egyptian Way of Death”, mummy-specialist A.P. Leca not only reports
various that the inside of the two abusir bulls had been destroyed and filled with the bones of other animals. But what if these “other animals”
had actually been the result of genetic experimentation gone wild? One odd passage from this mainstream-Egyptologists book says “The bull in the
second tomb appeared to have two heads”. Dr. Ange-Pierre, specialist for Egyptian mummies: “In the inside of a second mummy that seemed to be a
bull, bones of seven animals were found. A third bull must have had two heads.” Sir Robert Mond: “We found bones of a jackal in the tomb of a
Bull”. It has been established that the vault found by Mariette containing “the man with the golden mask” and also the two bulls of Abuser had
gone untouched by tomb raiders, thieves or religious destruction for thousands of years. So the question remains: Where are the Serapis? Or what are
they? And why would the ancients have crushed them into shards? Could it be because these “creations of the Gods” were not actually sacred but
seen as misguided, demented or evil? Lets see what some of the historians say. Manetho was a high priest and Egyptian historian who lived during the
Ptolemaic era around the 3rd Century BC, the final days of Egypt. (long after the apis-bulls had been entombed). Manetho recorded the Aegyptiaca (a
three-volume History of Egypt). His work has been and is still used by Egyptologists as evidence for the chronology of the reigns of pharaohs Most of
his work is said to be lost, but as the Greek historian Julius Africanus (year 240) copied many parts of manethos writings, they survived. The
historian Plutarch, who lived around the same time, writes of a heavy sculpture that the Egyptian king let transport to Alexandria. He writes that
Manetho was the only one who had taught the king that the mysterious figure being transported is a Serapis. Manetho begins his history by listing the
Gods and Half-Gods. According to him the Gods ruled 13900 years and the half-gods ruled another 11000 years. Interestingly, mainstream Egyptology
accepts his pharaonic chronology almost without question but refutes his history of Gods and Half-Gods since “we know Egypt didn't exist that long
and the Gods never existed in reality”. This is a typical example of the double-standards used by the establishment to disinform.
Manetho wrote in a precise and matter-of-fact way, without intermixing his writings with fiction. Much of what he wrote has been proven to be accurate
by scientists of our time. This is why it is so interesting that according to Manetho the Gods created or engineered various Monsters and Hybrids
(Animal Hybrids and Animal-Human-Hybrids). Why reject this piece of information while accepting so many other historical facts put down by him?
Ancient cross-breeding is not only reported by Manetho but confirmed by many other sources, such as Eusebius who speaks of ancient times in which
Monsters were created, some of which could reproduce on their own. Another witness of the times, the religious historian Eusebius (died 339) who´s
writings confirm and are confirmed by many of Manethos writings, goes on to list humans who had wings, humans with four wings, two faces and one body,
man-woman hybrids, humans with legs of goats and horns growing from their heads, horse-legged humans, hippocentaurs, Bulls with the heads of humans,
humans with the heads of bulls, , Horses with Dogheads, Dragons, Reptiles, unknown fantasy-like animals.
One of many thousands of ancient depictions showing hybrid-beings
My own research points to genetic engineering and cross-breeding in a past so distant we have forgotten about it. Even the reports we learned about in
this chapter may only be distant memories themselves. Tales of hybrid beings can be found in any ancient mythology, history and religion, from the
temple walls of ancient Sumeria to the Minotaurus of ancient Crete. Or look at the Sphinx, itself a Hybrid. Sphinx does not only refer to a Lions body
with a human face but to many other variations: Goats, Dogs, Birds, you name it. Some ancient tales (referred to as “flights of fancy” by our
arrogant historians) even tell how and by whom they were created: By the “Gods” who came to earth “from the sky” (in their aircraft), stayed
for awhile and then left them planet, taking their technology and strange experiments with them. Most texts speak of the hybrids being treated as
inferior to humans, as working-slaves, pets or cruel forms of entertainment. Some texts, such as Babylonian mythology have passages that hint to other
“godly” forces condemning and opposing this type of experimentation and ordering all hybrids to be destroyed.
We have to ask ourselves: Even if these tales are “pure fantasy”, what were they based on? Certainly there must have been a reason hybrid-beings
were referred to by Plutarch, Strabon, Platon, Herodotus, Diodor and many others. Having been written about, shown on walls and now even found in the
Tombs of Abusir, they must have really existed. And since evolution cannot create these type of hybrids naturally, they must have been created
artificially, by the “Gods” who once roamed the earth and then left. And once gone, their hybrid animals died out. And these monsters, because of
the evil they represented, were smashed into pieces when they were buried.
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