Thursday, February 18th, 2010
First off, I want to recommend our guide. If you’re ever in Cairo, call Hanan Kamal (mobile 0101696000). Even the Egyptian university student who was driving us was impressed with her knowledge.
Step Pyramid in Saqqara–first pyramid ever built, about 2800 BC.
We saw the first “pyramid”-shaped pyramid, which is at Dahshur, built in about 2780 BC.
But here’s where things get intrepid. See this sand pile? It’s really a pyramid. . . .
. . . and we went inside, even though the electricity was out.
For me, who used to dream of being an archeologist, the chamber was beautiful. There was the sarcophagus, empty now. . .
and most phenomenal, that apparently blank wall behind the sarcophagus is covered with fine writing, which eventually through history was recorded in the Book of the Dead, a very important record of ancient Egyptian beliefs, centering around the afterlife.
I leave feeling thankful that eternal life doesn’t wait to begin sometime in the afterlife after we’ve atoned for all the evil we’ve done, and that Jesus has prepared a mansion for us so that we don’t have to hope to be rich enough here on earth to have all our necessities of life buried with us so we can be comfortable in the afterlife.
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