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  THE GREAT PYRAMID - GRAND GALLERY

Orthodox Theory

According to Egyptologists, the Grand Gallery was a glorious passageway to the king’s tomb chamber, but functioned also as a slipway for the granite plugs that would block the mouth of the passage below. The Great Step (at the southern end of the Gallery) is not thought to have had any particular significance. The long grooves in the side walls are a real puzzle, as they seem to suggest a lower roof that was removed by intruders. No satisfactory explanation has ever been offered for the fifty-four niches in the side ramps, nor for the inset stones in the side walls. The corbelled architecture remains a mystery, though according to J.P. Lepre it may have had ‘a high spiritual symbolism’.

Alford Theory

The Grand Gallery was the heart of the secret chamber system, but was also a simulacrum of the creation of the Universe. The Great Step was a platform for a statue of the Great God in geometric form, symbolising the mystery of creation. Dilapidation of the Great Step was caused by the forceful removal of this statue when the Pyramid was plundered in antiquity. The long grooves in the side walls contained a lower roof that spanned the Gallery at half its present height. This roof, probably made of wood, had its underside painted with stars – the images of the gods – in the act of rising at the First Time. Below, the fifty-four niches in the side ramps may have contained relics of the gods, perhaps in the form of sanctified (spiritualised) woods and minerals. Above, the upper roof demands to be removed so that the full extent of the corbelling may be seen. The corbelled architecture would indeed have had a high spiritual symbolism, and might encode the mystery of the creation, viewed from a mathematical or geometrical perspective. Finally, on a more mundane note, the floor of the Gallery did indeed function as a slipway for the granite plugs, whilst the inset stones in the side walls might conceivably be the result of a planning error.

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