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Temple of Luxor

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Luxor, Egypt.

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Built upon the site of a Middle Kingdom sanctuary, the temple of Luxor was constructed by the 18th and 19th Dynasty pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramses II during the 2nd millennium BC. The enormous and asymmetric complex was built in stages upon three separate axes, and every wall, colonnade and hall is perfectly aligned to one of these axes. Later additions by other pharaohs, Alexander the Great and the Romans, were all aligned according to the original axes, showing that the architectural guidelines of the temple were handed down through the generations. These three different axes, skewed as they are, seem to defy logical explanation, yet the mathematician, philosopher and Egyptologist, Schwaller de Lubicz saw within them a deliberate expression of harmony, proportion and symbolism.

In 1952, following a fifteen year on-site study of the Luxor temple complex, Schwaller de Lubicz challenged prevailing archaeological theories concerning the development, mathematical sophistication and religious symbolism of the ancient Egyptians. He did this by proving the Dynastic Egyptians possessed mathematics superior to the Pythagorean Greeks or the Europeans, both of whom they preceded by thousands of years. Furthermore he demonstrated that Egyptian culture represented a doctrine in which science, religion, philosophy and art were altogether fused into a grand synthesis unequaled in the ancient or modern world. Schwaller de Lubicz found in the temple of Luxor a record of the Egyptian's understanding of the cosmic laws of creation and the manner in which spirit becomes manifest as matter. One of his central insights was that the various sections of the human body had been incorporated into the proportions of the temple. Of particular interest in this regard, precise temple locations, which correspond to the seven Hindu Chakras in the human body, actually stimulate energetic experiences which dowsers and meditators are able to consciously perceive. It seems logical that such experiences are caused by the power of place inherent in the Luxor area and by the amplification and focusing of that power at specific sites through the temple’s extensive sacred geometry.

Photo: The Colonnade of Amenhotep III, Temple of Luxor

The Temple of Luxor on Sacred Sites.

Written by  Martin Gray.

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“Egypt: trailing the Pharaohs on the Nile”

By James Bishop for The Telegraph. First published 20th October 2008. ...Tours of Luxor, its temple, built by Amenhotep III, its museum containing two royal mummies with a separate museum devoted to the nauseating process of mummification, including to… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Telegraph, 20th Ocotober 2008

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