Why were the Pyramids were built?
Many theories exist as to the why the pyramids were built. It has
been claimed that they served as power plants, water pumps, astronomical
observatories, sources of ill-defined "pyramid power"
energy vortices, guidance beacons for alien spacecraft, and sites
of mystery initiation ceremonies.
While it is generally agreed that pyramids were burial monuments,
there is continued disagreement on the particular theological principles
that might have given rise to them.
One theory that has gained a degree of acceptance is that they
were designed as a type of "resurrection machine". The
ancient Egyptians believed the dark area of the night sky around
which the stars appear to revolve was the physical gateway into
the heavens, and co-incidentally, one of the narrow shafts that
extends from the main burial chamber through the entire body of
the Great Pyramid points directly
towards the centre of this part of the sky. This suggests the pyramid
may have been designed to serve as a means to magically launch the
deceased pharaoh's soul directly into the abode of the gods.
Most Egyptian pyramids were built (with the exception of the small
step pyramid at Zawiyet el-Meiyitin, near Al Minya) on the west
bank of the Nile, which as the site of the setting sun was associated
with the realm of the dead in Egyptian mythology.
Although believed to have been built as tombs for the pharaoh,
much has been made of the fact that of all the pyramids of Egypt
that have ever been explored, never once has the mummy of a pharaoh
been found within! Mummy parts have been found in pyramids, such
as a mummified foot in the pyramid of Djoser, an arm and a shoulder
in the pyramid of Teti, but never has a mummy or any parts of a
mummy been identified with certainty as those of a king.