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The first time I read about the Sphinx possibly being much older then the most common theories, was in the early 90S. If I remember correctly it was
in an Erich von Däniken book; ‘Die Augen der Sphinx’.
It isn’t that hard to notice that the head is (now) much smaller then the body of the statue and questions being raised if the head is possibly
being re-carved aren’t that silly anymore.
It’s true that the original Sphinx's head, could have been anything, theoretically that is. But whatever we can imagine, it’s often something a
very simple solution. For the answer is staring us too often right in our face.
Although the Sphinx’s face / head, looks now like a face of an old Egyptian King or Queen, I believe the head was originally that of a Lion’s
head. Simple: Lion body with a Lion head!
Why do I think so?
Well if you go back in history there are lots of stories and myths about Lions. All these stories have to come from a particular source in the past.
In other words, there must have been ‘something’ that influenced people to keep certain aspects of real happenings in remembering trhougout the
The reason for ALL stories, either historical, myth, religious or otherwise that were worth fully enough to be kept ‘alive’, verbally (father to
son, priest to priest etc) or much later on through depicting and writing, is that they must have been IMPORTANT enough to be kept alive.
The truth is often so simple that it’s even so often overlooked.
Here is some possible ‘evidence’ of why I think the Sphinx was originally. nothing more then one huge Lion: body and haed!!
The keyword is LION.
1. Lions are often depicted to GUARD something or someone. They are still built as statues to guard ‘special’ buildings, like Houses of Power
(f.e. Justice buildings) or Royalty.
2. Lions symbolize: courage, power, royalty, authority, domination, wisdom and justice.
3. I know that lots of people do not believe in Astrology, however information about Zodiac signs are ancient knowledge. About LEO:
The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought (as night is an
ancient symbol of the subconscious - or dream states).
4. Lions were WAR DEITIES (all female) of Egypt. Humans like to remember their victories:
Ancient Egypt venerated the lioness (the fierce hunter) as their war deities and among those in the Egyptian pantheon are, Bast, Mafdet, Menhit,
Pakhet, Sekhmet, Tefnut, and the Sphinx; Among the Egyptian pantheon also are SONS of these goddesses such as, Maahes, and, as attested by Egyptians
as a Nubian deity, Dedun.
5. The Greek Myth of the Nemean Lion. All myths have a Real core in their stories.
Hercules' first task was to slay the Nemean Lion, the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. Twice as large as a normal lion, the animal had skin so tough
that no weapons could penetrate it.
The Nemean Lion was one of the many offspring of half-woman and half-serpent Echidna and her husband, the 100-headed Typhon. It lived in Argolis
terrifying people. The skin of the lion was impenetrable, so when Hercules tried to shoot it from a distance, he failed to kill it. It wasn't until
Hercules used his olive-wood club to stun the beast, that he was then able to strangle it to death. Hercules decided to wear the Nemean Lion skin as
protection, but couldn't skin the animal until he took one of the Nemean Lion's own claws to rip up the skin.
THE LEON NEMEIOS was a large lion, whose hide was impervious to weapons, which plagued the district of Nemea in the Argolis. King Eurystheus
commanded Herakles to destroy the beast as the first of his twelve Labours. The hero cornered the lion in its cave and seizing it by the neck wrestled
it to death. He then skinned its hide to make a lion-skin cape, one of his most distinctive attributes. Hera afterwards placed the lion amongst the
stars as the CONSTELLATION Leo.
More on the Nemean Lion: www.sigmabooks.gr/txt_mth_en_en3.html
6. The Lion Man: Narasimha
In ancient India there is a story about the God ‘Vishnu’ (Hiduism), who once reincarnated as Narasimha. This ‘Lion God’, was half lion, half
man. His torso and lower body was human his face was that of a Lion and he had lion’s claws.
7. Lion can symbolize also TRANSFORMATION.
Transformation, the act of changing from one form into another, is a common theme in (Greek) mythology. The gods had the power to change
themselves into animals, birds, or humans and often used this power to trick goddesses or women.
8. Lion’s ancestors: the Panthrea Leo Spelaea. Pure biological history, that shows that lions lived on Earth zillions of ages ago.
The " cave lion ", Panthera leo spelaea that lived in Europe 600,000 years ago, now is extinct. Fossils have been found in England and near
Alazeya River in Siberia. In a British site was found the skull of the most ancient feline (100,000 years ago).
9. Lion statues everywhere.
To give an example of how the measurements are of a Lion’s body to a Lion’s head, I uploaded some pics.
Lion statue on Dam Square, Amsterdam (The Netherlands):
Lion statue in China:
Lion statue on Chain Bridge, Budapest:
Lion statue (ancient) in Iraq:
What struck me is that on the Sphinx, when you look at it in it's face, that there is a little ' bump' in the stone, right between the front arms
upwards to the face. For me that was the sign that possibly there has been an enourmous head instead of the Sphinx head that we see today.
Although I can imagine that the jumps of my hop-scotching can confuse some people, I hope at least some of you can follow my way of thinking.
[edit on 10/18/2009 by Melyanna Tengwesta]