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"The author blends his expertise as a professor of history and philosophy to provide a fine in-depth probe of Egyptian mysteries." (The Midwest Book Review, May 2009)
"Robert and Olivia not only did an outstanding job of pulling together a treasure trove of little known historic facts and photos but they put them together in a way that tells an exciting and compelling story. This book clearly lays out the age-old Sphinx mystery like a puzzle, and then solves it while making sense of every anomaly along the way. What an excellent piece of work!" (Walter Cruttenden, Director, Binary Research Institute)
"More than the unraveling of a mystery story, this book is a close-up look at the vanishing art of historical research and how academic infighting, politics, reckless restoration, and economic concerns affect such work. Temple makes an excellent case for the restoration of rigorous scholarly standards and the teaching of research techniques that go beyond electronic searches." (Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, Jan 2009)
“The true mysteries of the Sphinx, both hidden and forgotten, are brilliantly exposed in this compelling book by Robert and Olivia Temple. They have uncovered hard data revealing the manipulation and misinterpretation that dominate this area of Egyptology. Their use of solid evidence, textual and photographic, make their case unarguable.” (Michael Baigent, coauthor of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and author of The Jesus Papers)
“Brilliant! A remarkable work of detailed and painstaking research, integrative thinking, and original insight. The Temples’ reinterpretation of some Egypt’s abiding mysteries is more than thought-provoking: it is inspiring.” (Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of The Presence of the Past)
“I was swept straight into this marvelous book. It’s brilliant, original, occasionally delightfully malicious, and it showed me just how little I really knew about the Sphinx.” (Colin Wilson, author of Atlantis and the Kingdom of Neanderthals and The Outsider)
"Quite brilliant detective work and deduction has gone into the book and the photographic reproductions (most of them from the massive collection that Robert holds personally) are simply immense. . . . This is a book not to be missed." (Simon Cox, Into the Duat Magazine, Feb 2009)
"Although moderately technical (there really is no way to avoid it on a subject this compex), it is eminently readable and fairly easily understood. . . . Professor Temple makes no attempt to placate either side of the debate. He simply lays out his conclusions and allows the reader to decide whether they agree or not." (Michael Gleason, Witchgrove.com, Feb 2009)
"For anyone interested in ancient Egypt this book is required reading. It is a fascinating and compelling study of how consensus blindness, adopted too often with a dogged arrogance, is the perennial enemy of research and understanding." (Michael Baigent, Freemasonry Today, Issue 48, Spring 2009)
"Temple analyses ancient texts, commentaries, later eyewitness accounts, and early photographs, uncovering overlooked details. He discusses now-sealed secret chambers and his exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the structure (see www.sphinxmystery.info). This is indeed a monumental work!" (Nexus New Times Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 3, May-June 2009)
"What makes Temple so exciting, quite apart from the stupendous depth of his research, is his refusal to take on board any received wisdom. His attitude towards received wisdom and 'consensual reality', bringing into his sights declining standards of scholarship in the Google Age and the 'restorative' work done on the Sphinx, is blatantly critical: 'One of the greatest myths of humanity is that everyone cares about the truth. Many people do not . . . " (Jerry Glover, Fortean Times 250, May 2009)
"Whether or not Temple is right in his theories, the way he presents his case makes The Sphinx Mystery an interesting book if you're into Egyptology. It has rekindled my interest in the subject and should be read. It may wash the consensus blindness from your eyes." (Curled Up with a Good Book, May 2009)
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ANCIENT MYSTERIES / EGYPT "The true mysteries of the Sphinx, both hidden and forgotten, are brilliantly exposed in this compelling book by Robert and Olivia Temple. They have uncovered hard data revealing the manipulation and misinterpretation that dominate this area of Egyptology. Their use of solid evidence, textual and photographic, make their case unarguable." --Michael Baigent, coauthor of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and author of The Jesus Papers Shrouded in mystery for centuries, the Sphinx of Giza has frustrated many who have attempted to discover its original purpose. Accounts exist of the Sphinx as an oracle, as a king's burial chamber, and as a temple for initiation into the Hermetic Mysteries. Egyptologists have argued for decades about whether there are secret chambers underneath the Sphinx, why the head-to-body ratio is out of proportion, and whose face adorns it. In The Sphinx Mystery, Robert Temple addresses the many mysteries of the Sphinx. He presents eyewitness accounts, published over a period of 281 years, of people who saw the secret chambers and even went inside them before they were sealed in 1926--accounts that had been forgotten until the author rediscovered them. He also describes his own exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the Sphinx, perhaps used for obtaining sacred divinatory dreams. Robert Temple reveals that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and that its face is that of a Middle Kingdom pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a later re-carving. In addition, he provides photographic evidence of ancient sluice gate traces to demonstrate that, during the Old Kingdom, the Sphinx as Anubis sat surrounded by a moat filled with water--called Jackal Lake in the ancient Pyramid Texts--where religious ceremonies were held. He also provides evidence that the exact size and position of the Sphinx were geometrically determined in relation to the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren and that it was part of a pharaonic resurrection cult. ROBERT TEMPLE is a visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a member of the Egypt Exploration Society, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. He is the author of 12 books, including The Sirius Mystery, Oracles of the Dead, and The Genius of China. He and his wife, Olivia, also translated Aesop: The Complete Fables. They live in England.See all Product description
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The book itself is very well written, academic in parts but this is broken up by an interesting writing style that stops it from becoming yet another journal. A pleasure to read.
The history is very well researched, the theories put forward are very interesting, groundbreaking and very well argued, and a number of topics are discussed around the Sphinx's orthodox history and many alternative theories.
The layout is also very aesthetically pleasing. A fair amount of pictures and diagrams are used to good effect and a lot of effort has been put into the detail.
The price is okay, it is discounted from the retail 19.99, but still may make some of you think twice. But believe me it is worth every single penny.
If you are a student of Egyptology or simply interested in the subject, and have only ever prescribed to the orthodox history propegated by the mainstream, then I emplore you to open your mind and read this book.
I was lucky enough to meet the Temples in Egypt over a decade ago, when the first question of 'is it a lion?' was first aired by them. I was currently working as a researcher for Graham Hancock whose own view was that the figure represented the constellation of Leo. This put me in the 'other camp' but the first nagging doubt was put in my mind then, and after reading 'The Sphinx Mystery' I am now convinced of the validity of the Temple's argument that suggests the Sphinx was originally a giant statue of the dog-headed god Anpu (Anubis) - guarding the Giza necropolis just as Anubis guarded the Egyptian Netherworld.
The Temples bring much reasoned, intelligent and logical arguments from both archaeology and textual analysis to prove their point - but in doing so answer the question of 'water weathering' on the Sphinx by the ingenious (and textually supported)conclusion that it was once surrounded by a moat of water. What's more - a wealth of historical research reveals a number of eye-witness accounts dating back centuries of chambers under the Sphinx - accounts that have been ignored or just never looked for by other authors writing about such secret chambers. The research in the book is solid, wide-ranging and thorough, and many translations of these 'lost' accounts are provided for future scholars in the book's appendices. The chapter on the face of the Sphinx is another tour-de-force - its conclusions are flawless.
Don't be fooled by the title - the Temples' mass of original research includes more than just a re-appraisal of the Sphinx itself, but also the whole symbolic 'plan' of the Giza plateau and how both relate to the imagery of the netherworld journey as described in the pyramid texts.
The book is weighty, and rich with annotated illustrations - but it is not a light read. The arguments that are put forward are fully supported with research (in a traditional academic style) - yet the author's tone is personal, at times acerbic or shocked (especially when commenting on the deficiency of other scholars research) which will either delight or enrage depending on which side of the academic fence you stand! I found the book stimulating and original - and on a number of occasions the evidence presented made me say aloud 'of course!'. I cannot look at the Sphinx the same way again - my perception has been changed. Scholarly, intriguing, astonishing, entertaining and ultimately idea-changing this is a rare and brilliant book!
John Grigsby (author of 'Beowulf and Grendel')
I have never actually visited the Giza plateau but I now feel as if I have because of the extreme clarity of facts and figures given.
The sheer volume of data contained therein and the faultless editing are a joy to read; without a doubt, this is a book that will make you thinl. He could be correct.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
He comes over as a truthful,direct scientist who sticks with the facts and exposes the pompous idiocy of the dictatorial 'Egyptologists' of this world.
It was a real pleasure reading this book and I feel that I'm now much better informed about the Sphinx Mystery,(and many other aspects of Egyptian history.
His Photos and images are wonderful.Altogether a book to cherish.
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