Talk:Great Sphinx of Giza

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Sphinx's face represented a face of a woman[edit]

quote: "(although, like most Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx has a man's head and no wings"

occult nonsense. If some "egyptologist" (Arab) thinks that great Sphinx represented a man's face [because the face itself was destroyed /"corrected" -to look more like "man"] it does not mean it represented some "khufu". It represents Mother Hathor Herself.

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Archived source appears to lead to phone directory, not a journal entry as described in cite 12. Not sure if this is from a bad archive or from a bad citation.--Cincotta1 (talk) 03:38, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

NPOV Tag[edit]

I tagged the "Fringe hypotheses" section because the title is a bit unfair to some of the more notable hypotheses discussed here. Specifically, the water erosion hypothesis has support among more than one geologist. The article itself identifies Colin Reader under "modern dissenting hypotheses;" Reader himself agrees with Shoch's identification of water erosion for the Sphinx (ref the sources in the Wikipedia article for the Water Erosion Hypothesis). How one of these hypotheses (location of quarries around causeway) made it into "dissenting hypotheses" while the other (erosion on the sphinx and sphinx enclosure) falls under the "fringe" label is not clear, especially given that the author of the former has lent his support for the evidence (if not the proposed timeline) of the latter. I am not familiar enough with the other entries under this heading to decide if they are worthy of the "fringe" label or not, but it should be discussed further. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.174.236.126 (talk) 21:06, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

I agree. Categorizing certain theories under the heading Fringe hypotheses is not fair, nor does it follow proper scholarly technique; unless the creator(s) of the category explain(s) the categorization rules. But this topic needs actually to be broadened even a bit further.
For the sake of transparency, clarity and neutrality, the rules, the process for categorizing any particular Sphinx origin theory under any one of the three presented headings—Builder and timeframe, Dissenting hypotheses, Fringe hypotheses—needs to be clearly described here in the Talk section.
The statement, "the theory is at variance with mainstream scholarship" (under Orion correlation theory) is highly instructive. We will recall that there were times when Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Champollion and Darwin were all "at variance with mainstream scholarship." A point always to keep in mind when pursuing scholarly inquiry; namely, that objections must always be well-founded and fully described .--Hackercraft (talk) 18:10, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

Mythology section[edit]

Colin Reader has proposed that the Sphinx was probably the focus of solar worship in the Early Dynastic Period, before the Giza Plateau became a necropolis in the Old Kingdom (c. 2686–2134 BC).[1] He ties this in with his conclusions that the Sphinx, the Sphinx temple, the Causeway and the Khafra mortuary temple are all part of a complex which predates Dynasty IV (c. 2613–2494 BC).

References

  1. ^ Reader, Colin (2000-03-17). Further considerations on the Age of the Sphinx at Rational Spirituality. Retrieved 6 January 2009.

I think Colin Reader's views on the age of the Sphinx are, if not fringe, at least non-mainstream. I understand he is a geologist, so perhaps his views on the part the Sphinx plays in mythology or solar worship should be removed or covered elsewhere. --Hillbillyholiday talk 12:43, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

Painted[edit]

Residues of red pigment are still visible on the face, leading researchers to conclude that at some point, the Sphinx’s entire visage was painted red. Traces of blue and yellow paint elsewhere suggest to Lehner that the Sphinx was once decked out in gaudy comic book colors.[1]

References

  1. ^ Evan Hadingham (February 2010). "Uncovering Secrets of the Sphinx". Smithsonian Magazine. 

This seems worth mentioning, though not sure where to put it. --Hillbillyholiday talk 13:53, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

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