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Photo: Detail of the Sala dei Giganti ( The Hall of the Giants) in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua,Italy c. 1530, Giulio Romano
A giant Pharaoh was discovered according Science ?
A scientific study co-authored by Michael Habicht at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, estimates that Pharaoh SaNakht from Third Dynasty during the Old Kingdom (2700BC) would have stood at 6 feet, 1.6 inches (1.87M) tall, 25 cm taller than the average ancient Egyptian man. He closely examined with his team the skeleton of the pharaoh found in 1901 in a tomb near Beit Khallaf in Egypt. But it is only 1.87 m tall !
The tallest ancient Egyptian pharaoh recorded, who lived more than 1,000 years after SaNakht, was only believed to have stood at 5 feet, 9 inches (1.75 m) tall.
Habicht and his colleagues have concluded that SaNakht probably suffered from gigantism “The skeleton’s long bones showed evidence of ‘exuberant growth », typically a sign of acromegaly, which are clear signs of gigantism,” Habicht told. He added that the definition of giant is based on his diagnosis of gigantism and not about what we consider today as a giant. So it is not exactly a giant pharaoh !
Look ! My own cousins are all taller than 1.90 m but they are not giants nor they suffer of gigantism and I wonder what can they say about basketball players and have they analyzed them to see if they are suffering of gigantism? simple questions and curiosity ! And now what about the “true” traces of giants in Egypt?
What about the “true” traces of giants in Egypt?
I perfectly understand that what is inside the scientists article and published in : “the lancet” is interesting because anyway showing a genetic link in Senakht skeleton with possible (“true”) giants ancestors. But then why not to study the skulls found by Emery and where are they today?
The Professor Walter B. Emery (1903-1971), an excellent archaeologist with 45 years of experience excavating in Egypt and author of the book Archaic Egypt, found in certain tombs the remains of people who lived in pre-dynastic times in the north of Upper Egypt. The features of these bodies and skeletons are incredible. The skulls are of abnormal size and are dolichocephalic, i.e. the cranium as seen from above is oval, and is about 25% longer than it is wide. Some skulls show no sign of the usual sutures. The skeletons are larger than the average for the area and especially the skeletal frame is broader and heavier. He did not hesitate to identify them with the “Followers of Horus” and found that in their lifetime they filled an important priestly role. With regard to the long-headed skulls, it seems that it is not a prehistoric lineage of evolution but rather a lineage coming from a cycle of civilization from before the Flood.
These enlarged skulls have already been found in several regions of the world. Dr. J. Von Tschudi and Mariane E. Rivero in Peru have indentified three pre-Inca dolichocephalic races, the Chinchas, Aymaras and Huancas. They also found that if the Chinchas had a lengthened skull it was because they bandaged the skulls of their children in order to resemble the two other groups, who did not bandage their skulls. They managed to work out that the original group with the most marked natural characteristics were the Chinchas. They preceded the first Inca, Manco Capac, and probably influenced both the Incas and the Mayas in later times. Researchers A.H. Verrill and Posnansky point out that the oldest pre-Inca city in Peru, Tiahuanaco, dates from the same time as pre-dynastic Egypt, and enlarged skulls of this period can be seen in Tihuanaco Museum.
It is therefore asserted that there once existed an antediluvian race that has been found here and there all over the world, a race that had a naturally elongated conical skull, as affirmed by some researchers, among them Dr Johann Jacob Tschudi, who possessed a fossil from that time of a 7-month-old foetus with a dolichocephalic skull still in the womb of its mother.
All this is far from being “politically correct” because these facts call into question genetics, the history of evolution and beliefs based on the Bible. It is thus only very slowly that people absorb these new but fascinating facts. To cite one example, dolichocephalic skulls have been withdrawn from public view in the museum of Valetta in Malta, undoubtedly to avoid offending the religious sensitivities of some people. Indeed, about 700 of these skulls were found in Malta in the hypogea of Hal Saflieni and the tombs of the megalithic temples of Taxien and Ggantja. It was Dr Anton Mifsud and Dr Charles Savona Ventura who analyzed the skulls and came to the same conclusion as in Peru, identifying three different groups, some of completely “natural” origin, and others that had been bandaged.
This is another even closer link with Egypt. The former name of Malta is Melita, from the Latin mel, ‘honey’. The symbol of Malta is a bee with its hexagonal honeycomb. Let us not forget that the symbol of the pharaoh in Egypt is also the bee (‘bit’) which gives him one of his titles. Honey was reserved for the Pharaoh and the chief priests, and Mel (or Mer) was one of the names given to the pyramids in Egypt. In addition, sun worship prevailed in Malta as in Egypt, and the dolichocephalic caste disappeared at the same time in both countries.
In my own research, I’ve found that there was very probably a migration of these long-headed people from Egypt to Malta, and traces of them are found in Cretan civilization. Be that as it may, this race that seems to have been devoted to the priesthood and teaching, and that kept itself more or less separate, had one point in common everywhere: the building of megalithic monuments. It formed a dominant priestly caste wherever it was. Could these people really be the descendants of an antediluvian race? Perhaps, but we still don’t know and it deserves to be much more seriously investigated.
Interesting : Division of time as envisaged by Jains. Human beings are said to be much taller than today in the first four aras of avasarpani and last four aras of utsarpani.
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Francesco M Galassi, Maciej Henneberg, Wouter de Herder, Frank Rühli, Michael E Habicht: Oldest case of gigantism? Assessment of the alleged remains of Sa-Nakht, king of ancient Egypt- The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2017
Peruvian antiquities, by Johann Jakob von Tschudi and Mariano Eduardo de Rivero y Ustáriz, translation by Francis L Hawkes, A.S. Barnes & Co., Cincinnati, 1855
W.B.Emery: Archaic Egypt, 1961
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Si on lit l ouvrage de la BNF qui date de 1901 le 4 PHARAON ou roi d egypte est dit le geant…. par sa trzduction de ce vieille ouvrage
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Your research is very interesting ! Thank you !
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Wow Gigal. You always manage to take a subject, in this case dolichocephalism, and not only elucidate on it with regards to our ancient past, but connect the dots with other civilizations. I so appreciate your thoughtful work and your epistemological approach in helping to keep your readers informed.
I look forward to receiving your articles like a kitten with a bowl of cream, eagerly lapping up every delicious detail. I want you to know how much I appreciate your scholarship with regards to your inexhastive study of all things ancient Egypt. Merci beaucoup mon ami…?~*
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