Robert Bauval, Author of the Month for February 2008
The Egypt Code (cont.)
By Robert Bauval
A mythology and sky-religion developed around this cosmic and Nilotic theme and, more intriguingly, an ambitious plan was gradually hatched around 2800 BC to 'bring down', in the literal sense, the Cosmic Order so that the pharaoh, the son of Ra on earth, could undertake the same magical journey in an earthly Duat and thus secure for Egypt a 'good' flood. To cite the Hermetic dictum: as above so below. To this end a massive pan-generational project was put into action that would involve building clusters of 'star'-pyramids at predetermined sites to represent Orion and the Pleiades, as well as the building of great 'sun'-temples set on both sides of the Nile to define the part of the ecliptic along which the sun-god travelled through the Duat from vernal equinox to summer solstice set on both sides of the Milky Way.
But my new theory does not stop here, for I also demonstrate in The Egypt Code that the slow cyclical changes witnessed in the sky landscape caused by precession and the peculiarities of the Egyptian civil calendar over the 3000 years of the pharaonic civilisation are reflected in the changes witnessed on the ground all along the 1000 kilometres of the Nile Valley in the evolution of temples throughout the same 3000 years. In other words The Egypt Code proposes, no less, to prove that there exists a sort of 'cosmic Egypt' ghosted in the geography of the Nile Valley stretching from north to south that was once literally regulated and administered by astronomer-priests headed by a sun-king, that lasted for over three millennia and can still be discerned in the layout of pyramids and temples that remain today.
The Egypt Code is not a new-age book that regurgitates wild speculations and theories that cannot be verified or tested. My thesis is entirely verifiable, testable and ultimately falsifiable if need be. Indeed, I happily welcome Egyptologists and other scholars and researchers in the field of Egyptian archaeology and history to step up and do so. This is why I have accepted the invitation by Graham Hancock to be 'Author of the Month' on his Website. I will endeavour to answer all reasonable questions, time and space allowing, of course.
In closing I would like to add that while I was writing the last version of The Egypt Code in Cairo I would often take short breaks from my long hours at my computer and go up on the roof of our building to look at the pyramids. From that vantage point I could have an unobstructed view over the Giza pyramids hardly a kilometre away. It sometimes felt as if I could reach out and touch them. But my gaze would always wander beyond Giza to a place on the south horizon where I could see the outline of the first pyramid built in Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, with its distinctive staggered profile gleaming through the thin veil of haze. The quest for The Egypt Code began there while casually standing one day next to the seated effigy of the pyramid-king who built this strange monument and who, very mysteriously, was made to stare eternally at the circumpolar stars. I could also see, but only when the air was exceptionally clear, the profile of the smaller pyramids of Abusir. So I now would invite you to join me (virtually for now, but on our next tour in Egypt in March 2008 -see www.robertbauval.co.uk) to those very same places and also other relevant locations in Egypt to re-trace my quest for the 'Holy Grail' of the pyramid and temple builders of ancient Egypt.