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The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind Paperback – 1996


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Crown (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517705036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517705032
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #754,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brendan R. Manning on April 11 2002
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10 2000
Format: Paperback
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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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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You would better start with "The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids" by Robert Bauval. Graham Hancock did so at his time, and - ended up with their common work beautifully named "The Message of the Sphynx". There is no wonder: the subject of the Bauval's book was so fascinating that attracted the attention of many, and probably that inspired both of them to go on, and give a closer look at the most intriguing mystery of the civilization.
The main point of the book is the considerably greater antiquity of the Sphynx, the Giza pyramids, and some other monuments that can be found at Giza. Luckily some geologists, after providing the in-field research, have supported the hypothesis of the older Sphynx. What is more important, however, is that the monuments at the time of their construction were porobably correlated with some astronomical bodies. And the picture logically built by the authors shows that there much likely existed an ancient civilization, which is much older than the Egyptian one, that possessed a great deal of astronomical and mathematical knowledge that even perhaps helped them millenia ago understand what a star precession is, how it works, and how it may help them with leaving a message for future generations. One may find it difficult to believe in such a wisdom of an ancient people, the most common question that arises is "Where is the hard evidence?". "Right at Giza. Just have look at the Sphynx and the three pyramids", the authors would probably reply.
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