The ancient Egyptians had the ancient belief that after mortal death the soul or spirit would continue life in an alternate dimension. They buried their Pharaoh kings, whom they regarded as living Gods, with all the treasures and trinkets needed to survive in comfort in the afterlife. Additionally, they built impressive burial structures to demonstrate the dead human’s importance and to aid in their transition to the next dimension in the heavens. The most famous and mysterious of these colossal structures are the Egyptian pyramids, and the most mystical of all these is the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops). Although, many people seem to question whether the magnificent structure is really just a simple tomb, or whether the intricate design holds one of the great secrets of civilization.
The most impressive structure is the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. The Pyramid contains approximately 2.3 million limestone blocks, the average weight of each about 2.5 tons, the heaviest weighing over 15 tons. What secrets do these monoliths hold? It is believed that the pyramid was built specifically as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 B.C. Initially at 480 feet, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
There are many fascinating aspects of the Great Pyramid’s design. Its sides run perfectly north to south and east to west to within a tenth of a degree. The base is an almost exact square, with an error margin of just seven inches. Unlike any other pyramids, this one houses a number of chambers and corridors with the lengthy 345 feet long Ascending Passageway running directly north.
There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. The lowest chamber is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built. The so-called Queen’s Chamber and King’s Chamber are higher up within the pyramid structure. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only pyramid in Egypt known to contain both ascending and descending passages. The main part of the Giza complex is a setting of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu’s wives, an even smaller “satellite” pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles.
It is believed the pyramids were built as a record containing references to all events past, present, and future, that the various passages represent historical time-lines, and intersections between them mark great happenings. The birth of Jesus Christ and the two World Wars are supposed to be signified along these routes. Other mathematical studies of the Great Pyramid claims it demonstrates knowledge of the true value of pi, and was built using the ‘sacred inch’.
A prominent theory originating in the last half of the century is that the Great Pyramid was constructed by alien beings. It has been proposed that these extra-terrestrials did everything from creating Man to building the pyramid as a landing beacon for future visits to planet Earth. Another popular theory is called the Orion Theory which states that the positioning of the three Pyramids of Giza are exactly aligned with three stars in the belt of the Orion constellation, both in position and size. It also asserts that the Ancient Egyptians were direct descendants of alien visitors, and retained some of their knowledge. The purpose of these important design features in their tombs was to help point the spirits of the dead back towards the stars from whence they came. It is said that Ancient Egyptians have tied Orion with the god Osiris, who is the god of rebirth and afterlife, or in other words “the origin”.
According to Egyptian mythology, the gods descended from the belt of Orion and Sirius– the brightest star in the sky. The ancient Egyptian civilization firmly believed that from Sirius and Orion beings came in the form of humans – Osiris and Isis, and they instigated the human race.
While it seems the Great Pyramid has been studied and researched more than any other ancient structure in Egypt, new discoveries are constantly being made! In recent years, space equipment and remote controlled probes have been used to examine the structure never before seen. However, due to NASA’s refusal to publish their underground findings taken by the space shuttle, and the Egyptian government’s spiteful attitude towards further exploration has only inspired more conspiracy theories and tales of occult secrets.