THE PYRAMID OF GAZA Strayer University White Marsh Campus Nadine Mandevu Professor: Peter LENYEE HUM 111 –World Cultures I February 03, 2013 Assignment 1: The Pyramid of Gaza THE PYRAMID OF GAZA The Great pyramids of Egypt are as appealing and alluring, as they are wonderful. There have been various debates, suggestions and speculations historians and researchers of Egypt about who built the pyramid and why it was built (its purpose). Over the years, quite a number of theories in relation to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza have been propounded by different authors.
These theories include; the theory that it is a stone form of the Bible, a possible way to contact a Higher Being, that the pyramid was a tomb for a great king, that it was a special chemical factory, an inspiration for extraterrestrial aircraft’s. According to Schillings (1999) “the pyramid is a stone message of the second coming of Christ… ” The following paragraphs will focus on real It is this numerous and varied theories that generated the mystery surrounding the Great Pyramid of Giza.
It is speculated that an Egyptian named Khufu was the principal person who built that Great Pyramid of Giza according to the Quarter Dynasty “… the year 2560 BCE… ” (Schillings, M. :1999: Sheet1) The speculation goes further to say that it was as a result of civilization that Egyptians were able to establish a complex and an organized work force of people who erected an amazing burial tomb for the pharaoh to aid his journey to the afterlife.
Nevertheless, the attitude and traditional Egypt show that the contemporary Egyptians persist in trusting on the existence of Giza Pyramid and make this proposition rather questionable. The prolonged spread of Egyptian word of mouth from one generation to the next has Egyptians got believing that the entire civilization is somehow superior in status to that of the average mortal man. Surely, in these modern times, there has been an increase in the awareness of the uncertainties that surround investigations into such a distant past.
Despite many historical discoveries and solved problems, modern Egyptians still hold on to the theory presented by traditional Egyptology that have been passed on to them from one generation to the next. There are a couple of factors that have increased the uncertainty of the source and purpose of the pyramid. These factors include its size, the huge proportions and the amazing geographical positioning. Even with modern day technology, the construction of the pyramid would be considered state of the art as it is said to be thirty times larger than the Empire State Building.
It is beyond comprehension that such a pyramid could have been built without the current level of modern technology. It must be for this singular reason that some believe the theory is that introduces the idea that extraterrestrial beings created the Great Pyramid of Giza to guide UFO’s through the darkness of space. But this suggestion is unproven and lacks evidence and has therefore been disregarded by many as such.
However, the Orion Theory of Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert is one noticeable speculation that still strongly challenges the existence of the theory presented by traditional Egyptology. It has been confirmed by scientific astronomy research that the Great Pyramid of Giza dates back for more than that which was originally thought. A major piece of evidence that supposedly supports the Egyptology theory, is a statement made by Greek historian Herodotus upon a visit to Egypt during the 5th Century BCE. To build the pyramid it took twenty years according to (Estensen, M. 1997: 82). The think we can add is that Herodotus had waiting long after construction before visiting the pyramids. Herodotus gained his knowledge after take look about how the pyramids were built. The statement must be dismissed by Herodotus if the idea from Egyptian nationalism is correct. In trying to unravel the mysteries and secrets of the pyramids, the astounding archaeological revelations brought forward by the Orion Theory have made people re-consider past conceptions that have been so far unquestioned.
It is worthy of note that the shape of the pyramid from an aerial perspective, is similar to that of a star. This finding may not be strong enough as a pillar for the Orion Theory, but at least it highlights an interesting similarity between the pyramid and the star which is more than can be said for Egyptology and the other theories that have attempted to unravel the mystery of the pyramid. Though it is obvious that the origin, construction and purpose of the great pyramid of Giza is still surrounded by enormous mount of speculation and uncertainty, whoever built the Pyramid had access to intelligence and information beyond that which modern humans possess. We may say that the most intriguing puzzle of all remains very much the fact that “… the Great Pyramid itself contains no pharaoh’s body, no treasure chamber, and no treasures… ” (Zajac, J. : 1996: Sheet 2) . Also, we must bear in mind that the great fascination and preoccupation with the afterlife was not popular until the New Kingdom, which dates long after the construction of the pyramids.
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