Egyptian Pyramids: In The Alchemist
The Egyptian pyramids have been one of the world’s greatest landmarks for centuries. One of them, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is even known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Theses pyramids are still a mystery to us. The harder we look, we can see more of its purpose, uses of the people of Egypt, and its history. With this information, we can have an understanding of the lives of the Egyptians and their customs. But before we know that, we have to learn when they were built. The pyramids have been built throughout time, but the earliest known pyramid built was for King Djoser, and was built around 2650 B.C. This pyramid didn’t have a perfect pyramid shape, instead it had huge steps. The first “true” pyramid wasn’t built until 2600 B.C, right after the “Bent” Pyramid. “Soon after the bend in the Bent Pyramid began to take shape, Snefru ordered another pyramid to be built nearby, the Red, or North Pyramid” (National Geographic). Egyptian pyramids were only built to encase the mummy of a deceased pharaoh. The pharaoh felt as if it would protect them in the afterlife. Inside the pyramid would also be some of the pharaoh’s things, like his prized possessions, that he would think help him in the afterlife. “It was believed that while alive, the pharaoh represented Horus and upon his death he represented Osiris. During his state as Osiris, he would set the sun, while the new pharaoh, his son, in the image of Horus, would raise the sun” (King Tut One). As you can see, when you learn about pyramids, you can learn about the people of Egypt too. Egyptian pyramids have a great history and a lot of information to them. That is why they will be known as one of the world’s greatest landmarks forever.