Well... all I can say is wow! I am somewhat breathless after reading the following linked article, and my mind is racing with all sorts of ideas:
Where to begin? Well, first of all, note the dateline of the article: May 29, 2011, well after the Egyptian uprisings and the departure of one Zahi Hawass as minister of antiquities. Then we have the even more astonishing statement of Philip J. King of Harvard University's Egyptology department that "The big question is the purpose of these tunnels.... There are architectural explanations, symbolic explanations, religious explanations -- even ones relating to the alignment of the stars -- but the final word on them is yet to be written. The challenge is that no human can fit inside these channels so the only way to do this exploration is with robots."
I found that utterly fascinating not for what it says - which in itself is significant because it is an actual bow to non-standard explanations, explanations not usually heard from Egyptologists, of the nature of the pyramids - but for what it failed to say, namely, that there was no mention of the pyramids as a tomb, nor any mention of the standard attributions of the Great Pyramid to the Pharaoh Khufu. Of course, it could be explained away: perhaps professor King really did mention these ideas and the article simply failed to quote him in this respect. But imagine, for a moment, that this was not the case, and consider the implications: the departure of Hawass, and then these remarks, may reflect that there is a deliberately orchestrated "paradigm shift" underway.
Of course, later in the article there is the bow to standard Egyptology's line that King Khufu built the Great Pyramid - a nonsensical proposition to all but the Egyptologist, considering that according to them this was all accomplished with thousands of workers, copper saws, slurry and diorite balls and all done with optical precision. Well, for that crowd, the work of Christopher Dunn has some unpleasant surprises in store. But even with this bow to conventionality, there is an unusual bow to the magical element of Egypt in the christening of the robot that took these picture as "Djedi," the name of the magician Khufu allegedly consulted in laying out the Great Pyramid.
Needless to say, that name has all sorts of symbolic associations, courtesy of George Lucas' Star Wars movie epics, for it is connected to the "knight-magicians" able to manipulate "the force" - the Egyptians' ma'at - and of course, the people ultimately responsible for destroying the dreaded "Death Star." The name, like the robot itself, suggests that "they" are looking for something, and suggests even the nature of what it is "they" might be looking for, for it is oblique testimony as to the nature of what they might expect to find: the power of the universe and the ability to manipulate it, in a pile of stone blocks that I suspect they know to be far older than their publicly sponsored academic models would suggest to be the case.
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