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The Mysterious Sphinx of Balochistan

In Pakistan in 2004, the Makran Coastal Highway which links Karachi with the port town of Gwadar was opened. The new road finally allowed tourists easier access to the Hingol National Park, 240 kms away from Karachi, and home to the huge anomalous rock formation known as the 'Balochistan Sphinx'.

This bizarre rocky outcrop is not the only one resembling a man-made structure in the park, as another unusual statue-looking feature called the 'Princess of Hope' (see image below) stands tall nearby. Of course, both features continue to be explained away as nothing but natural formations 'carved by wind and rain' (i), but could there be more to it than that?

The Sphinx of Balcohistan in Pakistan could prove to be an even earlier version than its Egyptian counterpart when all of its surroundings are placed in context with the sculpted form which sits proudly above it all. As Indian author and researcher Bibhu Dev Misra points out, 'the site looks like a gigantic, rock-cut, architectural complex' (ii).

Describing the Sphinx itself he wrote, 'A cursory glance at the impressive sculpture shows the Sphinx to have a well-defined jawline, and clearly discernible facial features such as eyes, nose, and mouth, which are placed in seemingly perfect proportion to each other.' But who made it and when?

Just like the Sphinx at Giza, the Pakistani formation appears to include a head-dress similar to the Nemes head-dress worn by the ancient Pharaohs, with its striped markings on a cloth which covers the crown and the back of the head of its wearer. The flaps hanging down near the ears are also clearly visible on the Balochistan Sphinx, whilst the horizontal groove resembling the pharaonic headband can be seen adorning the forehead.

The legs and paws of the mythical beast are also clearly defined; 'One can easily make out the contours of the reclining forelegs of the Sphinx, which terminate in very well-defined paws. It is difficult to see how nature could have carved out a statue that resembles a well-known mythical animal to such an astonishingly accurate degree.'

Remarkably, the Sphinx rests on what appears to be a temple platform with even more fascinating aspects seemingly inherent in its design. As the image below highlights, there are unusual niches and pillar looking formations present in the mass of rock which lays beneath the Sphinx formation.

The symmetrical features which can be seen across the site are certainly reminiscent of human activity and appear to contradict the dominating 'made by nature' hypotheses which continue to be heard in the public domain. Even and symmetrical formations such as steps would suggest that the site could well prove to be much more than a passing resemblance of a temple.

'The steps appear to be evenly spaced, and of uniform height. The entire site gives the impression of a grand, rock-cut, architectural complex, which has been eroded by the elements, and covered by layers of sediment, masking the more intricate details of the sculptures', wrote Dev Misra.

With more investigative work and analysis, this remote site in Pakistan may reveal itself as another example of a forgotten civilization which flourished long before ancient Egypt or even Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. Only time will tell.




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