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The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind [Paperback]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dry July 10 2000
By A Customer
This book presents well thought out explanations for they pyramids, Sphinx, and other Egyptian monuments. The book bases most of its conclusions on astronomical data and alternative interpretations of Egyptian texts.
Any reader should be forewarned that the book relies heavily on math. Even though the book is well illustrated, I found the presence of so much math and astronomical data to be overwhelming and not in the least bit interesting. Many of the Egyptian texts presented don't translate very well to English, and the authors often present 3 meanings for 1 word or phrase.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Fingerprints of the Gods", but this book doesn't really go far enough. At the end (and this gives a lot away), we find that the authors do believe the pyramids were completed around 2500bc (as conventional Egyptian history holds). There really isn't anything here that is revolutionary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars LOAD OF MUMBO JUMBO June 2 2013
this book had a few good ideas, but most of it i just skipped over, it seems hard to belive the egyptians belived in such mumbo jumbo and would go to such lenghts to construct monuments in the giza necropolois because of such mumbo jumbo.

by the end of the book i still couldnt figure anything out and my mind was drifting towards secret passages under the ground connecting the sphinx to the pyramids.

i dont know why they went on and on about the air shafts so much because the air shafts were originally covered with limestone wernt they? like i said a lot of mumbo jumbo with a few good ideas thrown in.

I like the photo of the sphinx on the cover because the sphinx actually looks like it eyes are closed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raises many questions April 11 2002
I have read numerous books dealing with ancient puzzles and mysteries. All of those books and including this one, raises more questions than it answers. If you cannot rely on traditional scientist to tell you the whole truth, without distortion, how can you trust these authors ?
To cross check many of the statements of fact put forward by the authors would be beyond the ability of 99% of the readers of this book (myself included) and other books of similar genre, hence the alleged statements of fact or theories raised will remain a unproven or uncorroborated unless the authors do more than footnote and cross reference to prove their allegations.
However, Hanncock, I think, has debunked all of the theories put forward by egyptologists regarding the building of the pyramids. That in itself raises the very disturbing questions of how the pyramids were built.
I enjoy Hanncock's books, whether they be read as scientic research or "X files " type novels. Regardless, many of the "facts " we believe to day will be disproved in the future. Who knows ? Maybe Hannock and Co are right.
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By A Customer
Hancock and Bauval have contributed an excellent up-to-date account of the mysteries that involve the Sphinx and nearby pyramids. The conclusions they draw are very logical. I learned a great deal about the Sphinx and pyramids from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trace back our origins June 3 2002
The authors have done a great work of research here. Based on astronomy and archeology, with some hints at astrology and metaphysic knowledge, Mr Hancock and Mr Bauval take us trhough a journey in time, trying to get back to the origins of the always mystical and eningmatic Pyramids and Sphinx. Although the title lays on the cat-headed monument, they indeed spent a lot of time and pages of this book dealing with the pyramids and their main details.
Through this book you will be able to learn about the constant attempts they and many other researchers have made to go deeper in the study of the Sphinx, in concrete, to try and find the secret chambers that lie beneath the monument, and how all of those attemps have been met with a burocratical "no" from the different administrators of the site.
The authors also have managed to come up with a coherent theory about the building of the pyramids. Although they do not affirm that the Giza monuments were built in 10,500 BC, their research and evidence presented in this book leds you to your very own conclusion that they might actually have been built 8000 before what "traditional" egyptologists claim.
Finally I should say that this book is not an easy read. The first 2 3rds of it are simple and deal with much of astronomy and some politics (they are everywhere, aren't they?)
The last half of it is about egyptian mythology and how it fits in the context of the pyramids, the constellations and the authors findings, this part requires a very concentrated read.
In all, a must for all the searchers of the truth out there, very helpful at coming at your own conclusions. Get it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that needs to be read Jan. 4 2002
A well written book . This book shows the connection with astronomy and how far back Egypt really goes. An absolute must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting a "Fingerprints of the Gods" Sept. 30 2001
I read this book after having read "Fingerprints of the Gods" and although the topic and story are fascinating, I found it lacking. The writing is not as gripping and more scientific - at times I felt like I had to really force myself to read some sections. However, the story of the sphinx (whatever that may be....) is fascinating and wish more research could be done by scientists of different kinds of genre to find out more!
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