Great Sphinx of Giza via Wikimedia
CAIRO – 30 September 2017: An upcoming book seeks to rewrite history with a wild new claim speculating at the possibility that a second Sphinx might be buried in Giza.
Their claim, as established by historian authors Gerry Cannon and Malcolm Hutton, is based on a long-standing theory that the Great Sphinx of Giza had a counterpart.
This is due to the fact that in every Ancient Egyptian depiction of a Sphinx has always come in pairs. They were believed to represent duality, particularly as a male and female, and represented the transformation of the sun into the moon, which the Egyptians believed occurred when the Sun traveled through the earth and emerged as the moon, guarded on each end by a Sphinx.
This makes the Great Sphinx in Giza so a peculiarity, given that it’s all alone. Going even further, the two Historians believe they may have discovered where it could have been buried. They suspect the Giza Sphinx’s female counterpart is buried in a mound guarding one of the Great Pyramids.
Egyptologist Bassam El Shammaa is also a believer in the theory. Having studied the Sphinx for over a decade, he has come to a conclusion that at some point in history a second Sphinx did exist, but was destroyed with the passing of history, leaving only her male counterpart standing to this day. Talking to Daily News Egypt, El Shammaa pointed out that the Dream Stela from Thutmosis IV’s era shows two Sphinxes, providing evidence for the theory.
Cannon and Hutton also speculate that the Sphinxes might be older than commonly believed, dating back to a time when Ancient Egypt had a tropical climate, not too long after the end of the Ice Age.