Exploring Hidden Mysteries Under the Sphinx
My frequent travels to Egypt have allowed me to get into places few people ever get to see. I have climbed down rickety ladders and deep shafts to explore and write about such things as the hidden water tunnels under the Great Pyramid (and even took water samples for analysis!). So when I had the opportunity to crawl through an opening underneath the Great Sphinx and see where it led, I literally jumped at the chance.
The Sphinx has forever been shrouded in mystery. Ancient texts provide little regarding its true origin or purpose. Traditional Egyptology admits the Sphinx most likely pre-dates the Great Pyramid, but they also believe the Pyramid is only about 4000 – 5000 years old. That’s the official story and they stick to it even though more discerning Egyptologists wink and nod when they espouse such datings.
A growing theory (including that of the famous sleeping prophet and clairvoyant, Edgar Cayce) is that both structures go back more than 10,500 – 12,000 years, to a pre-dynastic advanced civilization that may have come before the Great Flood or even the last Ice Age. So much of our history has been lost or hidden that it’s hard to say with any degree of certainty.
It has long been believed that there are lost chambers, tunnels, cavities and even tomes of ancient knowledge to be found hidden beneath the limestone bedrock of the Sphinx, just waiting to be uncovered at the right time in man’s evolutionary journey. If any of this ancient knowledge has been found to-date, we haven’t heard about it. So the mystery continues.
How much of it is fact? Back in 2014, I saw some of these hidden tunnels during a mystical out of body experience (OBE) I had while lying in the sarcophagus inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid. I felt myself lift out of my physical body and travel down through the core of the Great Pyramid where I was surprised to discover water tunnels that encompassed a good portion of the Giza Plateau.
This OBE finding would eventually lead to my getting permission to gain access to these tunnel shafts to see and verify what I had seen in my astral state. The Egyptian authorities initially balked at my request and were extremely suspicious about how I even knew about the water tunnels. From that exploration, I verified that not only did these tunnels exist under the Great Pyramid but water tunnels can be found under most of the major pyramids of the world. (More on that story here.)
However, it was during this same OBE experience in the King’s Chamber that led to my encountering an underground passageway leading directly from the Great Pyramid to the Sphinx. This entrance was probably used during ceremonials and rituals which were privately conducted away from the eyes of the general public.
As my astral body traveled through the body of the Sphinx, I saw a cavity inside the Sphinx’s head and found myself shooting out through an opening at the top. (I would later learn there was indeed a hole atop the head of the Sphinx which has since been plugged.)
Unfortunately, as I shot out of the head I was pulled back to my physical body inside the sarcophagus by a member of my group leaning over the sarcophagus and asking, “Kathy, are you done in there yet?” While my astral exploration was prematurely cut short, my intense curiosity about the Sphinx increased tenfold.
The Sphinx appears to have been put to many uses over the centuries. Some called it a gateway or guardian to the underworld. One ancient text talks about the high priests sitting inside the Sphinx head, which was once painted red and yellow, and conducting oracles and prophesies for the people who would leave offerings and gifts in gratitude.
From these oral and written accounts, the ancients had to have discovered hidden passageways throughout the body of the Sphinx in order to get up inside to the head without the populace becoming any wiser. Kind of reminds one of an Ancient Egyptian Wizard of Oz set up.
Getting back to my “in the flesh” adventure… During the early hours before dawn I was able to explore a small tunnel shaft on the back rump of the Sphinx which is closed to the public. Using only flashlights and the light of a full moon, we popped open a wood frame and metal grating covering a small hole.
Someone had already placed a metal pipe ladder down in the hole which went down about 10 feet. The dirt floor showed signs of building and human garbage debris left behind by prior occupants.
I was the only one to make it down, as the opening to the hole was rather small. I was able to move forward about five feet before I discovered, to my great disappointment, that someone had plugged off the tunnel. By whom or when was unknown at the time, but it was clear the shaft led in the direction of the head and quite possibly angled deeper down.
Going back through archeological diaries, it appears this tunnel was sealed off in 1926 by Emile Baraize during his own Sphinx restoration work.
One of the reasons for plugging the tunnel was the belief thqt it could collapse and cause further damage to the structural body of the monument.
The current hole entrance at the back of the Sphinx, where I entered, was first identified by Johan Michael Vansleb in 1679 and explored in full by Egyptologist Auguste Mariette in 1853. This entrance is well documented and is mentioned in papers published between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Some believe (from very thin and flimsy evidence) that the Pharaoh Khafre built the second pyramid at Giza as well as the Sphinx sometime during his 28 year reign in the 4th Dynasty (roughly around 2560 – 2532 BC). But writings seem to suggest that Khafre had the reputation as a “restorer” pharaoh versus an innovative builder, so it is more likely he set about repairing a monument in architectural decline.
Geological surveys have revealed that the limestone of the area on and around the Sphinx show clear signs of erosion, most of which is assumed to have been caused by wind and windblown sand. This may have aided in the erosion visible on the body of the Sphinx, although different theories suggest the monument may have been exposed to large amounts of water in the past, which supports the theory that the Sphinx may date back to the end of the last Ice Age. These same water erosion markings are not seen on other 4th Dynasty monuments and temples, which would be the case if the sand erosion theory were true.
One has to ask whether this land during pre-dynastic times, was once fertile and quite possibly surrounded by water? The nearby Fayoun Oasis, where whale bones and fish fossils have been unearthed under the sand, seems to indicate that this land was once a lush tropical place and quite different than it is now.
We have no idea what the original Sphinx may have looked like before all the repeated restoration attempts that would continue throughout the ages. The first “documented” case of restorations to the Sphinx dates back more than 3,400 years ago, around 1400 BC, when the Pharaoh Thutmose IV organized a team of workers who managed to excavate the monument’s front paws where he would later place his famous granite “Dream Stele“.
For thousands of years the Sphinx was buried under the sand leaving only a visible head. The nose was reported to be missing in 1757. Arabian fighters brandishing swords and firing artillery would race by on horses and take pot shots at the Sphinx’s head. For hundreds of years man was clueless about the huge body hidden underneath.
During the early 1600 – 1800’s the Sphinx looked much different than today. It has undergone so much cosmetic surgery–restoration, cementing, bricking, and such that it’s original builders migh find it barely recognizable.
There was once a fissure opening in the back of the body leading to the shaft which I crawled down. This was first mentioned in archives in 1679 by German Archeologist Johan Vansleb. He said this shaft led to an underground cave the size of the head of the Sphinx that he thought was some type of burial chamber. No corpse was ever found, so he eventually filled up the crevice with sand.
The sands continued to shift and cover the Sphinx over time and, once again, In the 1800’s they began clearing it away. During this time many explorers began mapping the chambers they found.
From old archaeological texts and diaries we know that in 1833 Auguste Marriette noticed two chambers contained hieroglyphic texts and found the shaft which had been discovered in 1679. He reopened it up and found coffin boards inside. Had they been preserved they could have eventually been carbon dated, but they too are lost.
When we think about all these underground tunnels and shafts, we have to acknowledge the fact that they had to have been built prior to the above ground structures. It makes one forever ask: What else is hidden down there?
During my OBE I saw a glimpse of not only a tunnel system, but what looked liked an underground city. It could have been older temples still buried under the sand. It’s hard to say.
I did learn that rumors abound about the existence of a hidden city (or large complex) under the Giza Plateau, but Egyptian authorities vehemently deny it and past archeologists who said they stumbled upon it have been scorned and ridiculed by their academic peers.
It is illegal to dig down under any house and/or structure that abuts the Giza Plateau. Many who have done so have been immediately arrested. Some have dug down as little as 30 feet and struck tunnels.
I’m left wondering what may have been found when they broke ground for the new Cairo Museum on the Giza Plateau which is slated to open around October 2020. Will we ever know or will that, too, remain a mystery?
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Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 and Ascension11 technologies, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical