The Egyptian Pyramids: The Evolution Of The Egyptian Pyramids

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The term Homo sapiens (‘wise man’) that had been coined by Carolus Linnaeus was made to highlight the superiority of men in all the Kingdom Animalia, specifying the high level of intelligence and intellect of the entire species. However, an advanced and complex structure of a group of humans that flourish and exhibit a large extension of progress is called a civilization (Bartlett, 2012).
Modern humans owe the success and the continuous growth of their way of living, culture, technology, medicine, language and vast knowledge to their ancestors who had thrived hard to help themselves overcome the difficulty of life without having the advance technology that twenty-first century humans have. The accomplishments, wisdom and knowledge they have
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It is said that the ancient Egyptians had opted that particular design because their sun god, Ra, who was known as pharaoh of all pharaohs, sat on pyramid-shaped mound of earth. The shape of their pyramid is also believed to copy the rays of the sun (McCauley, 2014). The great pyramids had been built by the Israelite slaves for one major purpose, to serve as the tombs of their pharaohs and queens, wherein their mummified bodies are placed along with all their gold, jewelries and treasures that are said to aid in their afterlife (Orcutt, 2000).
However, it is fascinating to know that a body of a mummy has never been found in any pyramid, nor contain any body parts that had been identified with certainty as those of a pharaoh or queen. Now, what happens when the very sole reason of the construction of these pyramids are not found? Theories circulate and different functions of these structures are invented, such as being astronomical observatories, guidance for alien space craft, power plants and whatnot (Orcutt,
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According to Walton (2014), they are among the ancient structures that are most mathematically interesting. One fact about the Great Pyramid that has been confirmed by the Ministry of Antiquities is that the stars making up the constellation Orion, namely Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka, are perfectly aligned to the three pyramids: Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure (Arbuthnot, 1997). The reason being offered to explain this is that the ancient Egyptians believed that when the time of the pharaoh’s death comes, he becomes Osiris (their god of death) and since Osiris was tied to Orion, it meant that he was being sent straight back to his origin (Abou Bakr, 2013). However, this is where the questions start to enter. How were the ancient Egyptians able to know the exact area or position of these stars in order to align each of the three pyramids to them? The constructions of these pyramids also raise inquiries. 20,000 and 30,000 laborers were said to have finished the three tombs in an estimate of twenty-three years, cutting, transporting and assembling 2.3 million blocks of stone, with each block of stone weighing an estimate of 2.5lbs each (McCauley, 2014). Khufu’s pyramid reached a height of 451 feet high, and with that enormous amount of height, it is hard to imagine how the slaves were able to carry and transport the heavy blocks of stones to the topmost part of the pyramid with nothing but their

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