reply to post by Blackmarketeer
Here's my two cents.
I do not often speculate as to HOW the pyramids of ancient Egypt were built, preferring to concentrate on discovering the truth of WHY they were
built. But over the years I have had a suspicion that the AEs may have discovered the use of hot air balloons.
Fanciful? Perhaps – but before we dismiss it out of hand, let us consider some possible evidence to support this possibility.
First of all the Montgolfier balloon was made of linen and paper – two materials that were available to the ancient Egyptians, as were ropes and
The average weight of a limestone block in the Great Pyramid is often quoted as being around 2.5 tons. A hot air balloon (at sea level) with a
diameter of around 125 feet can lift 6.39 tons, less the weight of the materials. A linen balloon of 125 foot diameter would weigh somewhere between
750 and 1,000 lbs. Lifting at night or in the winter months when it is much cooler would ensure better lift than during the day when the ambient
temperature was only slightly less than the air in the balloon.
Thus we can see that the AEs certainly had the materials to build hot air balloons and we can calculate that such a balloon of around 125 foot
diameter could feasibly lift two average GP blocks, or at least render them weightless.
But did the AEs in fcat discover such a lifting technique? There are some tantalising clues hinting that they just might have done so.
Is this really a mirror being depicted in AE art? Why then does a 'mirror' have wings? Why does a 'mirror' carry two people in a barque? Is it
plausible that we are actually being presented with something else here other than a 'mirror'?
And then there is this (in)famous image from the Temple of Hathor at Dendera:
The goddess sitting on the stone block to the far right of the image (upper left) is the AE Goddess, Amaunet - the Goddess of Air. This goddess is
also depicted as a snake (or serpent) which we also see in the centre of the various 'balloons'(?).
Notice how the balloon shape in the upper left image lies on its side and is similar to a hot air balloon being laid out and filled with hot air.
Notice also how the other images from Dendera depict the balloon shapes in a vertical alignment (again with the snakes of the air goddess Amaunet
depicted within the balloon shape) as though the balloons are now flying.
Are we perhaps witnessing in these images a linen balloon being filled with hot air for the lifting of heavy stone blocks? Or does the conventional
explanation (theory) of this image that it is Horus being born inside a lotus bulb make more sense?