posted on Jul, 12 2011 @ 04:49 AM
Not sure if anyone mentioned any of this or not, I tend to get distracted easily while sitting here trying to read thru pages and pages of stuff - in
other words I don't have hours to sit here and read every comment made already.
You've been really busy lately, Slayer69, I like that. I've done a lot of my own reading and research into all kinds of "weird" stuff over the
years but to be honest, I never really liked Forums too much. Mainly because of all the spam and arguing that goes on all the time, and the fact that
you have to read so many comments sometimes spanning across months or even years.
But anyway, and again I'm sorry if someone already mentioned this - one of the first things that came to my mind after seeing your post here was the
story of Napoleon shooting off the Sphinx's nose.
Missing nose and beard
Limestone fragments of the Sphinx's beard
The one-metre-wide nose on the face is missing. Examination of the Sphinx's face shows that long rods or chisels were hammered into the nose, one
down from the bridge and one beneath the nostril, then used to pry the nose off towards the south.
The Egyptian Arab historian al-Maqrīzī, writing in the 15th century AD, attributes the loss of the nose to iconoclasm by Muhammad Sa'im al-Dahr, a
Sufi Muslim from the khanqah of Sa'id al-Su'ada. In AD 1378, upon finding the Egyptian peasants making offerings to the Sphinx in the hope of
increasing their harvest, Sa'im al-Dahr was so outraged that he destroyed the nose, and was hanged for vandalism. Al-Maqrīzī describes the Sphinx
as the "talisman of the Nile" on which the locals believed the flood cycle depended.
A story claims that the nose was broken off by a cannonball fired by Napoleon's soldiers and that legend still lives on today. Other variants indict
British troops, the Mamluks, and others. However, sketches of the Sphinx by the Dane Frederic Louis Norden, made in 1737 and published in 1755,
illustrate the Sphinx already without a nose.
In addition to the lost nose, a ceremonial pharaonic beard is thought to have been attached, although this may have been added in later periods after
the original construction. Egyptologist Vassil Dobrev has suggested that had the beard been an original part of the Sphinx, it would have damaged the
chin of the statue upon falling. The lack of visible damage supports his theory that the beard was a later addition.
To quickly summarize what several people have posted up on the "beloved" wikipedia, there are several different stories as to what happened to the
Sphinx's nose - the one I remember hearing about as a kid was again, that Napoleon Bonaparte shot it's nose off, but if I remember correctly it
wasn't by a cannonball either - the way I remember the story was that he had his troops target practice on it (so I guess the idea of a cannonball
I have never heard any of the other stories - probably because I'm an American and have never been to Egypt. However, I have never heard about any
"sketches" that were made prior to Bonaparte being there either up until now - so obviously, nobody really "knows" what really happened... good