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Egyptian Pyramids In Ancient Egypt

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The Egyptian pyramids had a substantial impact on the religious aspect of Ancient Egypt. The Nile River split Egypt into two parts known as the east and the west, and the pyramids were located in the western part. The crossing of the Nile River from east to west represented the death of someone in Egyptian society (Jackson and Stamp 2003, 94). Djoser, a major ruler and later a pharaoh, ushered in the building of pyramids when he came to power in Egypt. When he died, Djoser was entombed in the first pyramid ever recorded. This pyramid was located in Saqqara and dates back to 2630 BC (“Egyptian Pyramids” 2009). Djoser’s Pyramid was the first sign of Egypt’s old kingdom, and was later known as the symbol for the old kingdom. This pyramid-like…show more content…
There were also pyramids that were significant at the time, but are not standing today. These pyramids, known as the pyramids of the middle kingdom, were made of mud brick, and all that is left are mounds of sand (Hill, 2008). This was the case with a lot of pyramids, but they were still highly related to religion because the people of the middle kingdom attempted to protect the pharaoh. As time passed, the Egyptians became much better at building pyramids, and this is reflected in the Pyramids of Giza. Snefru was a major pharaoh that constructed the process of building his pyramid known as the Bent pyramid. This pyramid, which was previously stated, had a case design instead of a step pyramid (Hill, 2008). This pyramid reflected how much work and craft went into the pyramid because of how much the Egyptians looked up to the pharaoh/king and gods. Khufu was a king that ruled over the Egyptians from 2551 to 2528 BC and his pyramid was most commonly known as Pyramid Giza (Smith 2004, 86). Since his pyramid was the biggest pyramid ever built, with an area of 53,000 square meters and 146.6 meters high, he must have been a major king who did a lot while he reigned over Egyptian society (Smith 2004, 86). Not only that, but the other pyramids in Giza are those of his son and grandson, which meant that his life continued to be remembered and cherished forever, considering Egyptian society built two more pyramids for his family (Smith 2008, 86). The pyramids reflected how much the Egyptians strived to praise the divine and rulers that led them to the after-life, because the pharaohs and gods “showed” them to the path to achieving life after death. This was important to the Egyptian society, which is why so many pyramids continued to be built, and Egyptians continued to strive to impress those who have power in the Egyptian
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