THE ORION MYSTERY
The following article is based on another article in the magazine “Amateur Astronomy“. The magazine is produced in England and started to come out at the fall of 1995. Although the magazine is (as the name says), an amateur astronomical paper, it has an obvious drawn to unexplained mysterys and particularly unexplained questions about the connection between prehistoric civilasations and beings from space. But that’s okey, as long as it is sober and balanced. If that’s the case, it’s up to either one of us to judge of our own. Anyway, here’s a part from the article about the Orion Mystery where the writer wants to show a connection between the Pyramids and the star-belt of Orion….
The pyramids have long fascinated Robert Bauval. He is Egyptian, born in Al-Iskandariyya (Alexandria) to Belgian parents, and has spent most of his life living and working in the Middle East. For many years he had pondered over the significance of Sah, the constellation of Orion, and its link to the pyramids. One night, while working in Saudi Arabia, he took his family and a friend’s family up into the sand dunes of the Arabian desert for a camping expedition.
Bauval knew that the seemingly inconsistent layout of the three Fourth Dynasty pyramids at Giza was no accident, and had applied his own engineer’s mind, and those of many friends to the problem. Most agreed that the alignment, though unusual, was no accident, given the precise mathematical knowledge that the Egyptians had.
His friend, a keen amateur astronomer, pointed out Orion, and mentioned, in passing, that Mintaka, the smaller more easterly of the stars making up Orion’s belt was offset slightly from the others. Immediately Bauval saw the answer — the three Belt Stars were aligned in exactly the same way as the three pyramids!
Bauval checked the alignment in 2450 BCE by precessing the three Belt Stars back, and found that, due to their close proximity in space, great distance from Earth, and negligible proper motion, they looked exactly the same then as they do today. Of course, they had changed in declination — then they were just below the celestial equator, at about -1 degree declination.
The pyramids were a mirror image, the Earthly representation of the Belt of Orion, the destination of the dead King! The Egyptians were dualists — everything they thought and believed was a duality. Everything had its counterpart, cause and effect, left and right, East and West, death and rebirth — nothing was ever seen in isolation. They had constructed at Giza an exact replica of the Duat destination of the King. Far from being a tomb, the pyramid was the starting point of the King’s journey back to the stars from whence he came, back to the First Time.
Bauval initially made use of the astronomy program Skyglobe 3,5 for the PC. Though too inaccurate for serious work — it does not take proper motion, nutation, refraction, for example, into account — it was sufficient to clarify Bauval’s mind as to the value of his discovery. Skyglobe 3,5 will plot the Milky Way on its charts if requested, and doing so added further proof to Bauval’s theory. Giza is West of the Nile — putting the plane of our galaxy into the equation showed that Orion is “West” of the Milky Way, in proportion to Giza and the Nile.
Comment: Well, what can I say! The connection of the layout is ofcourse thrilling, but doesn’t have to mean anything at all. There can be many, many explanations why the pyrimds is placed as they are without connecting it to being arranged from the beginning and that it (appearantly) was layed out to resemblence the looks of the Orion-belt. If it would surface any substantial evidence of this (like inscriptions that verifys it) this would mean that this ancient civilasation had ways of arranging, and most of all determinition to see it through, that is very impressive!
To make it even more complicated – some people belive that the ventilationshaft in the Cheopspyramid is built to point at certain stars, among them Sirius and Alnitak in the Orion-belt. Even if it seems as an coincidence, there is no real proof that that is the case. Something to consider is that the shafts starts horizontally before their angled upwards, shouldn’t the purpose of the shafts to be to see the stars through them? Another thing is that one of the shafts in the kings chamber never was finnished all the way out, instead it has been modifyed in recent-time. Why is one of the shafts closed inside with something that resemblence a trapdoor? If anyone knows I’ll be glad to recive this information.
How do we manage to deciphere these heiroglyphs?
One of the biggest help has been a black stoneplate which was found by Napoleon Bonaparte’s soldiers as they secured Egypt for the French in 1798 and 1799, in the town of Rashid, Egypt. The rock has been named the Rosetta-stone, as the town Rashid in our western world goes by the name of Rosetta.
The slab was a tribute to the Egyptian King Ptolemy V, with the original heiroglyph, a more modern demotic script, and, the key to our knowledge of Ancient Egypt today, a Greek translation alongside carved in 196 BCE. The French returned control of Egypt to the English, and the Rosetta Stone, as it had become known, was taken to London, where it can still be seen as a prize exhibit in the British Museum, in Bloomsbury.
And here’s a “time-map” of the dynastys in the ancient Egypt:
Dynasty Period Years
1-2 Early Dynastic 3100-2686 BCE
3-6 Old Kingdom 2686-2181 BCE
7-10 First Intermediate 2181-2133 BCE
11-12 Middle Kingdom 2133-1786 BCE
13-17 Second Intermediate 1786-1567 BCE
18-20 New Kingdom 1567-1080 BCE
21-25 Late New Kingdom 1080-664 BCE
26 Sait 664-525 BCE
27-31 Late 525-332 BCE
Ptolemaic 332-30 BCE
Roman 30 BCE – 642 CE
Arab 642 CE to present time
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