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Pyramid of Secrets: The Architecture of the Great Pyramid Reconsidered in the Light of Creational Mythology Paperback – 24 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Eridu Books; First edition (7 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952799421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952799429
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,289,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Pyramid of Secrets" is without doubt the best book ever written on the Great Pyramid. -- John Reid, acoustics engineer, author 'Egyptian Sonics'

A beautifully researched, thoughtful, and thought-provoking study... stands well against the very best work produced by the acknowledged experts. -- Fortean Times Magazine, October 2003

A courageous and original interpretation of all the available evidence. -- David Elkington, author ‘In the Name of the Gods’

Alford’s reasoning is archaeologically sound... His hypothesis of finding the "real" burial chamber of Cheops beneath the Pyramid is laudable. -- Christine El Mahdy, Professor of Egyptian Studies, Head BCES

Moves the argument about the nature of the Pyramid and its significance to Egypt on to an entirely new level. -- Michael Rice, author of books on Egyptology

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

From the last chapter.

In this book, I have focused exclusively on the question of why the Great Pyramid was built, or in other words what was the Great Pyramid? Over the centuries, there have been countless theories and speculations on this subject, all of them reflecting contemporary points of view on the ancient past, and therefore destined to be swept aside by yet newer contemporary points of view. The Pyramid has thus functioned – and will continue to function – as a mirror to the progression of human technology and belief, reflecting a myriad of preconceptions that are projected on to it. At one point in history, it is interpreted as the Granary of Joseph; at another, it is seen as a biblical prophecy in stone, or a repository of divinely-inspired weights and measures. Then, as we enter the 20th century, it is viewed as a giant water pump or power plant, a sundial or almanac, an astronomical observatory, a repository of wisdom from a lost civilisation, a temple of initiation, a navigation beacon for alien spacecraft, or an air raid shelter against meteorite impacts.

Against this moving kaleidoscope of modern opinion, one theory has held firm and even gained strength from the diversity of the speculation that has been arrayed against it, namely the idea that the Pyramid is ‘a tomb, and nothing but a tomb’. And yet, as I pointed out in the Preface to this book, Egyptology too has been compromised by every imaginable preconception of modern times, and has thus generated a perverted view of ancient Egyptian religion, with an inevitable knock-on effect for its understanding of the pyramids and the Great Pyramid in particular. It is perhaps for this reason that Egyptology has never achieved closure in its seemingly endless battle against the massed ranks of ‘pyramidiots’.

In this book, I have attempted to break the mould by allowing the true voice of ancient Egypt to be heard. My argument, summarised here and advocated in detail in the companion volume (to be published in due course), is that ancient Egyptian religion was neither a cult of the Sun as Egyptologists call it, nor a cult of the stars as others would have it, but rather a ‘cult of creation’ in which all myth and ritual commemorated the creation of the Universe. Accordingly, the Great Pyramid, like every true pyramid, symbolised the creation, and the very building of the monument re-enacted the moment when the creator-soul had ascended into the sky for the creation of the stars, the Sun, and the Moon. If I am right (and it is for the reader to judge for himself or herself), then the Pyramid is here being studied in its proper context for the first time.

The result is a theory that, unlike other offerings from the alternative genre, finds much in common with Egyptology. The Great Pyramid, like other pyramids, was a religious structure, designed as a memorial to a deceased king. The Pyramid symbolised, among other things, the Sun, the stars, and the primeval mound. It was a resurrection device for the king; and, in its lower parts at least, it was his tomb.

Beyond these points, however, my theory diverges from orthodoxy, with two specific conclusions arising from the creational interpretation: firstly, that the body of the king was buried in the Grotto, at ground level, in accordance with the fundamental axiom ‘the body to earth, the spirit to the sky’; and secondly, that the King’s Chamber sarcophagus contained meteoritic iron, representing the spiritualised seed of the creator.

These two conclusions demand a radical reappraisal of the Pyramid’s interior architecture, since it now becomes clear that, with the king being buried below, the upper passages and chambers were not necessarily kept open.

Why, then, were the upper passageways and chambers built, if not for the burial of the king? Here, I have allowed my thoughts to be guided by archaeological evidence that the passages and chambers were sealed off at the time of construction, and that the architect intended these passages and chambers to be found. I have therefore drawn what I believe to be the only reasonable conclusion in the circumstances: that the Pyramid was built, in part at least, as a repository and time capsule for the benefit of a future generation of men. But it was not just a repository of physical relics and artefacts. Rather, it was a repository of a religious idea, which was expressed in a variety of ways. Thus in the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s Chamber, and the King’s Chamber, the architect utilised statues, symbols, geometry, meteoritic iron, and even sound, to recall the myth of creation, whilst in the chambers above the Queen’s Chamber shafts, it may be hypothesised, the same story was enshrined in the form of the sacred book. Thus the interior architecture of the Pyramid reflected its exterior symbolism – the creation in microcosm and macrocosm.

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This work by Alan Alford is brilliant
Not only is his research superb, but his insights are unsurpassable.
Modern Archaeologists think that the Great Pyramid is a tomb and nothing but a tomb,others think that it is dedicated to the Sun
but Mr Alford has stolen first prize, his work clearly shows a complex and sophisticated culture based on Creation.
If you really want an insight and you genuinly seek truth.
Then this book is a must for your shelves.
Crichton E M Miller.
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I went to a presentation that Alan Alford gave outlining the main themes of this book. On the basis of his presentation I bought the book because Alan appeared to have a well reasoned argument for his alternative theory. The author has carried out a desk top survey of literature available in the public domain and supplemented it with site visits and discussions with other researchers. Although secret chambers may appeal to most people interested in the pyramids the book offers more. The book contains some original ideas that the reader must contemplate against the background of traditional views. Alan puts forward an alternative theory for the construction of the Great Pyramid based on the concept that the first day of creation is perpetuated everyday. Alan suggests the pyramid is built on an ancient `primeval' mound and indeed that is what the pyramid represents, thereby celebrating that dawn of the gods. In the authors opinion Khufu was buried in the lower depths of the structure, probably in the little discussed `Grotto'. Alan suggests the Kings and Queens Chamber were used to amplify the sound of the earth, probably in the range of 16 to 30 Hz and new pyramid guardians were initiated here. The writer gives a reasoned argument for secret chambers in the pyramid discussing those already discovered. Alan makes a case for tell tale signs indicating where other yet undiscovered secret chambers are and shares his predictions with the reader. Alan has a website that includes a summary of his ideas:

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This is one of the most well researched books, dedicated to the Great Pyramid of Giza, that I have ever read. Alan Alford uses real evidence/ findings and common sense [the one thing that many alternative thinkers do not have] to find the true purpose of the Great Pyramid. There is no water pump or alien landing strip here, just reality and a well educated mind putting it all together. Alford also starts to reinterpret the ancient Egyptian texts, bringing forth the idea that maybe it was a cult of Creation and not just a group of sun worshippers. The only drawback was the fact that I had to wait for the second part of this book to come out. This is a must read.
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While not everyone will agree with all of Alford's assumptions and conclusions, his research is impeccable, his descriptions accurate, and his speculations logical and intelligent. He managed to arrange a thorough access through the Great Pyramid to collect firsthand information to write this book. No matter what hypothesis you are working on or subscribe to, Alford's book will add useful, relevant information which you will need to consider! Alan is one of the better thinkers among today's armchair archeologists and he deserves a place of honor in the annals of Great Pyramid investigations.

It is extremely unfortunate that Alan recently has met a sudden and mysterious death at such an early age. He could have contributed so much more to the truth about ancient mankind. Get this book while it's still available, read it thoroughly, and keep it for all time.
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HASH(0x91d2e714) out of 5 stars A well researched book 4 July 2005
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This is one of the most well researched books, dedicated to the Great Pyramid of Giza, that I have ever read. Alan Alford uses real evidence/ findings and common sense [the one thing that many alternative thinkers do not have] to find the true purpose of the Great Pyramid. There is no water pump or alien landing strip here, just reality and a well educated mind putting it all together. Alford also starts to reinterpret the ancient Egyptian texts, bringing forth the idea that maybe it was a cult of Creation and not just a group of sun worshippers. The only drawback was the fact that I hadto wait for the second part of this book to come out. This is a must read.
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While not everyone will agree with all of Alford's assumptions and conclusions, his research is impeccable, his descriptions accurate, and his speculations logical and intelligent. He managed to arrange a thorough access through the Great Pyramid to collect firsthand information to write this book. No matter what hypothesis you are working on or subscribe to, Alford's book will add useful, relevant information which you will need to consider! Alan is one of the better thinkers among today's armchair archeologists and he deserves a place of honor in the annals of Great Pyramid investigations.

It is extremely unfortunate that Alan recently has met a sudden and mysterious death at such an early age. He could have contributed so much more to the truth about ancient mankind. Get this book while it's still available, read it thoroughly, and keep it for all time.
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