The Importance Of The Ancient Egyptian Pyramids In Giza

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There is much debate on how the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids in Giza were built. King Khufu’s pyramid, from the Old Kingdom, stands at 146 meters high, has a base of 230 meters, while using 2.4 million stone blocks; each block averaging between 2.5 to 15 tons (Van Der Mieroop). These extreme numbers force researchers to try and create hypotheses on how the Ancient Egyptians were able to construct such colossal monuments. Although we have an idea of where and how the Egyptians obtained the materials used for their creation, it is still unclear how they were able to take stone blocks that weighted several tons so high up, have such precision that not even a credit card could slip through the blocks, and was capable of pointing the pyramids…show more content…
Bethany Simpson (Ask Rose how to Cite), it was said that through the examination of the workers living area, it is known that the workers were fed quite well. They were fed large quantities of high-end meats like cattle. But more importantly, the pyramid was constructed to be a cosmic engine for the pharaoh. The creation of a pyramid represented the rule of universal order, which included the changing of days and seasons, as we as the flooding of the Nile. The mechanics of the pyramid as a cosmic engine depend largely on a term called “Kheperu”. This concept is used in relation to a person and their distinct phases of life and death (cite Lehner). In death, the pharaoh will experience transformations that include the Ka, the Ba, and the body interacting. This leads to the final step in the transformation in which the pharaoh becomes Akh, the spiritual state of an Egyptian. The pyramid was an essential instrument that allowed these transformations to occur, and are better understood as the meeting point in life and light with the darkness and death (cite Lehner). Along with being a vessel for the transformation and revival of pharaohs into the afterlife with the Gods, it was also an Icon. The pyramid was a giant symbol that at times is regarded as just a hieroglyph. The pharaoh wanted to apply a personal nature, his human characteristic to something nonhuman and everlasting so that he can live forever in the eyes of everyone who sees his pyramid when
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