A travel blog by Allano covering Latin America and Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Also, selected travel articles and eBooks by Allan Taylor (Allano) of Adelaide, Australia
Saturday, May 12, 2012
What's the difference between the pyramids of Egypt and Mesoamerica?
From time immemorial mankind has been obsessed with building huge structures for various reasons, especially religious ones, and also to show how clever they were and how advanced was the technology of their culture. Today, history repeats itself as modern sky scraper towers compete in height that dwarf the ancient stone pyramids of Egypt and Mesoamerica.
The Egyptians began it all some 4650 years ago, with the beginning of the Pyramid Age, lasting some 800 years, covering 2650 BC to 1850 BC of Egyptian history. This was a time of strong Pharaoh controlled central government of a combined Lower (deltaic) and Upper Nile region (south to first cataract), a distance of about 500 miles. The Pharaohs and citizens believed in life after death. It was important that each King was buried in a tomb enclosed within an impressive pyramid monument, with all the trappings needed for his soul to journey comfortably into the next world.
Foto is of El Castillo pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. It is 25 meters high and dates back to 800 AD. No longer are you allowed to climb up it.