When the conquering Napolean first saw the pyramids, he pulled on his horse's reins so hard he was thrown. All his companions ran away in awed fright. As he looked at these marvels of human engineering, do you think Napolean was thinking that aliens built these monuments? Course not, so why should we.
Great pyramid at GIZA
Let's give human ingenuity its due. Back in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, say 2667 BC to 2141 BC, a pharaoh imagined the first pyramid and in only 3 generations we already built great Giza. Over 100 pyramids were constructed and 80 still stand. The remnants of failed attempts lay all over the sands of Egypt. Abandoned projects, unfinished heiroglyphic stories, these still exist for us to learn from and admire. I want to look at what we've thought these to represent:
Since a pharaoh was intombed in these monuments, people have come to think they represent death. But the Egyptians did not have a conception of death as we do - the pyramids were actually "ships" or portals that took their bodies through the Underworld into their next life. They took all they would need for their journey and most especially their bodies, so mummification was perfected out of necessity. Without your body, you couldn't quite make the trek.
Whatever it was thought you'd become in the next life, you had to stand before Osiris and be judged by the weight of your heart. Then you could proceed. The engineering feats of these people went far beyond what was thought possible at the time. By 1500 BC to 700 BC much was done and much was lost, in a dark time Egypt went through caused by war. But in the New Kingdom pharoahs like Ramesses 11 built such things as only a great ego and uncontrolled imagination could produce. His wife, Neferteri, was exceptionally intelligent in the knowledge of the cosmos, physics, math, all the sciences, and of course, intricate languages. Now off the track to an interesting tidbit: We're not in the right year - here's why:
When going back from say, 900 BC to 1 BC, the time "before Christ" we come to the way time was counted in 1 AD, "anno dominae" or the year of Our Lord. But when we got to 1 BC, no one, for some reason, considered to include the "zero" year, or the time between 1 BC and 1 AD. As you know, a century has to pass before you call it one, which is why 2000 AD is in the 21st century. So when you count in BC time, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...then start up in AD and it's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AD. There's no accounting for that in-between year of 0, between the two. Think of it this way: When we were on the brink of the new millenium, it was 1999. Then we went to 2000 but it was not the new millenium until one year had passed, or 2001. The year zero was accounted for in 2000 and when that year was over we started this millenium. This didn't happen when changing from BC to AD, so actually I think we lost a year.
That means I'm actually a year behind my life, I guess. Am I in the future? OMG this gives me an idea for another post....see you on the next page!
.....off to the future>>>>