Name: Annette Dixon
Course: Humanities – 111
Instructor: Professor J. Waters
Date: October 29, 2012
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The pyramids of Ancient Egypt are as fascinating and intriguing, as they are breathtaking. Egyptologists and historians have long debated the question of who built the pyramids, and for what reason. There are many different and often conflicting theories in regard to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. When turning back the pages of history, it is discovered that a number of theories have been developed to explain the presence of such a significant historical landmark. “Theories vary from a tomb for a king, to a special chemical factory, a beacon for extraterrestrial aircraft’s, a stone form of the Bible, a possible way to contact a Higher Being and a stone announcement of the second coming of Christ…” (Schillings, M.: 1999: Sheet 1). Such examples of varying controversial theories have sparked a number of to the mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
According to traditional Egyptology, the Great Pyramid of Giza was built by Egyptian pharaoh Khufu during the Fourth Dynasty around “…the year 2560 BCE…” (Schillings, M.: 1999: Sheet 1). It has been suggested that the Egyptian civilization succeeded in establishing a complex and organized work force of people to create and build an astonishing burial tomb for the pharaoh in aid of his journey to the afterlife. However, contrary to this suggestion, one must ask why the modern Egyptians continue to rely on traditional beliefs and attitudes to explain the presence of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Could this be the perfect example of nationalistic views? It could be argued that as a result of the continual spread of Egyptian hearsay, the Egyptians obtained the understanding that the entire civilization – past and present – is somehow superior in status to that of the average mortal man. Undoubtedly, in modern...