Sphinx , Rock , Monuments , Kemet , Egypt , Her Em Akhet , Heru of the Horizon , sculpture , Facing Eastern Horizon.
Her-Em-Akhet: The Great Sphinx
- Kemet has long been regarded as a land of many mysteries, but one of the most enigmatic structures which has baffled mankind throughout the ages is the statue called the Sphinx. Carved “in situ” out of one single mass of stone, which was formerly a part of the physical geography of the Giza Plateau, the Sphinx stares majestically towards the eastern horizon
- The Sphinx is the largest and oldest monument ever sculpted from a single rock. It has the head of a person and the body of a reclined lion. As late as the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca. 1550 B.C.E.), this monument was called Her-em-akhet (Heru-of-the-horizon). This name was a direct reference to Heru the sun Netcher (child of Ausar and Aset), and the akhet, which means “places where the sun rises and sets.” Her-em-akhet faces the rising sun and its strategic positioning at the food of the Great Pyramid provides a clue to its symbolic meaning.
- This great statue is 240 feet long and 66 feet high, it has a shoulder span of 38 feet, a head that its almost 14 feet wide and a 7 foot smile. Her-em-akhet represents a perfect blend of art and architecture, mystery and magnificence. It aesthetically integrates the essence of man and animal in such a way that it expresses the divine relationship between the two. This is not your typical anthropomorphic statue.
- Symbolically, the body of the beast represents the animal nature which exist in man, and the lion exemplifies the royalty and power of the divine spirit that exist in its lower physical form. The head of a man symbolizes the intelligence of the mind which must be cultivated in order to elevate the consciousness into a higher spiritual state so that it may become divine. Metaphorically speaking, it is the suppression of the lower animal nature and the refinement of the thought process that leads to the spiritual evolution of man. Spiritually speaking, it is only by conquering the “beast” within that one is capable of truly knowing God.
- Knowledge comes from enlightenment-light (good/God), which vanquishes the darkness ignorance (evil/devil). Heru represents the conquest of good over evil (Set/Satan) and her-em-akhet exemplifies the eternal conquest of good over evil because he faces the eastern horizon and is physically enlightened by the sun as it rises each morning.