The Dendera light

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Most Egyptologists, however, interpret the image much differently. The Hermopolitan myth of creation, the first thing to emerge from the primordial sea of Nun, which pre-existed creation, was a lotus flower. That flower gave birth to the sun god, Atum-Ra. There are many ancient depictions of the lotus in the shape of a lamp similar to the relief above, and in later depictions a snake in abubblewas used to represent Atum-Ra. The bubble or field around the snake may represent the emergence of the universe out of nothingness. Therefore, an obvious implication to the meaning of the Dendera lamp, according to Egyptologists, is a reference to the sun god emerging from the lotus flower.

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Whatever the conclusion regarding the Dendera relief, it continues to draw crowds from around the world who are eagre to catch a glimpse of the unusual carving.

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The Dendera temple complex in Egypt. Photo source:Wikipedia

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The Dendera light is a particularly controversial topic since it is not exactly an artefact of potential ancient technology, but the possible depiction of an artefact on a wall of one of the best preserved ancient temples in Egyptthe temple of the  Egyptian goddess Hathor atDendera.

A reconstruction of the Dendera lamp at theMystery Parkin Switzerland, according to the electric lamp interpretation

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I dont get the massive light bulbs theory, sure they look a bit like huge electric lightbulbs but in each of the three depictions, these implements are being waved about by enormous beings who are obviously giants, my own theory would be that these giants are descendants of the Nephilim and that these devices might explain how they cut/shaped the massive rocks into the pyramids/ megastructures etc. Its every bit as plausible as the lightbulb theory.

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A Norwegian electrical engineer was the first to propose that the image depicted an electrical lamp. Peter Krassa and Rainer Habeck published a book based on the relief titledLights of the Pharaohs, and Zeichnung Garn-Birne, another electrical engineer, later constructed aworking modelof the Dendera lamp. You can watch the videohere.

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The Dendera light is found on three stone reliefs and, at first glance, could be construed as a lamp with a cable at the end and a snake-shaped cord inside. A priest is holding the lamp at one end, and a few smaller figures are below it with one appearing to hold the lamp upwards.

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Scholars also point out there there is no reference in historical texts of the use of light or electricity, which one would expect to find if it really were an electrical lamp, nor have any electrical items been uncovered in the thousands of archaeological sites throughout Egypt.

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