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For centuries the Egyptian Pyramids and the Sphinx have stood a silent testimony to a great and powerful civilization long since ground to dust But behind the great walls of the Pyramids and this long lasting silence mysteries are still unrevealed and the explanation of these mysteries is a set of theories based on observation and on the printed texts on the Pyramids walls One great mystery was the one dealing with the building of the Pyramids and the Sphinx In fact there are two major theories Pahl 1998 Ashmawy 1995- 1997 explaining why the Pyramids were built The first one states that the ancient Egyptian people built them as tombs for their great kings Ashmawy 1995- 1997 Cottrell 1956 and the other one is that they were built by other people more technologically advanced than us whose purposes were much more important than building tombs for dead Kings Bauval Hancock 1996There is an ancient Egyptian proverb that says Everything fears time but time fears the Pyramids They are the only Wonders of the ancient world to remain standing which do not need to be described Their enormous size made Herodotus the Father of the ancient history Napoleon Alexander the Great and many more important invaders to stand in awe overwhelmed by the greatest structures on earth As for the roots of the word pyramid they are unknown for it has no origin in any language on earth Russel Sellier 1994 The first conventional and widely approved theory says that the Pyramids were constructed by the Egyptian people 4500 years ago and states that they are tombs for the dead kings In fact the Great Pyramid was constructed by the king Khufu to become his tomb when he dies For instance Pyramid building was a tradition to the old Egyptians before Khufus age which started as a small structure known as Mastaba the Mastaba is an Arabic word meaning a bench
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