Since 1350 BC the Colossi at Memnon have loomed over the Theban Necropolis after having withstood the test of time and countless natural disasters. Constructed as twin models of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, these colossal towers are no longer identical due to nearly 3500 years of Nile floods, scorching heat and other natural disasters. While the Colossi at Memnon may seem rather unimpressive upon approach, the striking energy and visual appeal of this sacred site becomes apparent as one gets closer to the location.
The Storied History of the Colossi
A common stop on the way to Hatshepsut’s Temple, the colossi once flanked the entryway to Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple. Now long lost, it was once considered one of the most impressive in Egypt for its time. While the statues are rather worn today, the side panels depicting the God of the Nile, Hapy, are still visible. However, a major natural disaster that ultimately proved to be a gift struck the site in 27 BC. A massive earthquake cracked the northern side colossus and collapsed its top half…Interestingly, the surviving statue seemed to find a ‘voice’ after the quake, causing it to be a source of curiosity for passersby and visitors for centuries.
The Mysterious Healing Sounds of the Colossi at Memnon
By 20 BC, travelers from around the Greco-Roman empire were taking pilgrimages across the sandy desert and bracing the elements at sunrise to witness a spectacle occurring at the Colossi of Memnon. As the sun splashed across the horizon, the damaged statue would emit sounds described as ‘otherworldly’ acoustics that seemed to invoke a powerful and mysterious energy. Hence, many sought out this sacred place with intentions of attaining sound healing benefits and for absorbing resilient energy.
What sourced these ‘songs?’ Scientists of the modern era believe that the sounds of the colossus were caused by mother nature, as many stones around the world ‘sing.’ The most reasonable explanation is that rapidly evaporating early morning dew in the crack would evaporate rapidly in the rising high heat, causing a vibrational resonance that would echo throughout the desert.
Is the Demise of the Colossus’ Song the Rise of Yours?
With the intentions of gaining favor with the oracle, the well-meaning Roman Emperor Septimius Severus ultimately silenced the song of the damaged northern colossus by repairing it, simply because upon his journey he could not hear the songs others had. Upon his reparations of the crack to make amends, the song was lost forever. Find your voice at this inspirational site.