The Pyramid of Unas

 

King Djoser was the first or second king of the 3rd dynasty of the old kingdom and ruled around 2650 B.C. He ruled for 19 years, which is believed long enough for his pyramid to have been completed before his death. His pyramid is unique in the fact it was built in 6 steps. it is the only pyramid in Egypt that was constructed in this way.

Unas built his pyramid, originally called “Beautiful are the Places of Unas”, near Djoser’s pyramid in Saqqara. Djoser ruled in the mid-2300s B.C. When he passed, the 5th dynasty came to an end, and although he had two queens(Nebet and Khenut) he probably had no sons.

Many ceremonies were performed in the pyramid of Unas that resembled the Masonic ceremonies of today.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Where did the Pyramids Come from?

 

As for now no one really knows where they came from, why they were built, or what information they hold that may be of use to mankind in the future. One can only speculate. Only time will tell.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

The Mystery of the Pyramids

 

Many legends and much speculation in Egyptian mythology surround the pyramids and why they were built, as well as to how they were built. They have been described as being burial tombs for the pharaohs and Egyptian Gods, giant observatories, ceremonial sites where many ancient rituals were performed, and many other functions. Although it is my understanding that no one has ever been found buried in a pyramid, all of the other functions seem to make sense. The giant pyramid, or pyramid of Cheops(Khufu), is perfectly aligned with the four cardinal points of the earth, following and extending one line along the base, it would pass through Bethlehem, another line would extend through Stonehenge in England. Various points line up perfectly with different constellations that were of importance to the ancient Egyptians.

Much has been written trying to explain how they were built, using pulleys, ramps, and thousands of workman to construct them, not much of it makes sense. Built on the highest ground for miles, it’s hard to visualize how ramps could have been built, also, there would still be evidence of the ramps. In an extremely arid climate, structures and the evidence of structures last for thousands of years. The tremendous manpower needed to build the edifices would have been staggering, how do you move a stone, some of which weigh 40 tons and are as large as a train locomotive up a ramp three hundred feet high?

Probably the most logical explanation as to how they were built, when they were built, and by whom is also the most illogical. Many legends persist that they were built by either extraterrestrials or refugees from Atlantis, who escaped to Egypt when their land sank beneath the sea some twelve thousand years ago. Theoretically, either could be true. There is much evidence that planet earth has been visited many times by life forms from beyond our galaxy and there is also evidence of a land existing in the Atlantic  Ocean before our present era.

How were they built, only time will tell.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

 

Mysterious Egypt

 

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt almost ten thousand years ago.

Many are still seen today farming and tilling their crops, using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals that were used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land. Viewing the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples, it almost seems as though their civilization has digressed over time.

Observing the gigantic pyramids of Egypt and the modern day mud houses at the same time, one wonders how the same peoples could be responsible for constructing both types of edifices. Buildings and homes built over 1500 years ago are very similar to the ones being constructed today, not much seems to have changed in this ancient land.

Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza, of the nearly one hundred pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be nearly five thousand years old, but in all probability are much older than that, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends. Nothing can prepare someone for the first time they are seen “live” and in person.

Rising three hundred feet above the plateau which is itself nearly three hundred  feet above the Nile River Valley, they are quite impressive.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Synchronicity In the Modern world

Written by: Gary Wonning

I had replied to an ad in Outdoor Photography. A man living in Zambia was needing to communicate with someone in the states, film processing was difficult there and he needed someone to process film for him. I replied as it sounded like a lucrative business proposition, he even mentioned paying for my passage to Zambia for business purposes. What did I have to lose, he was going to pick up the tab?

The trip was to take place in a few months so I began to make plans and applied for a passport. When I applied for the passport, the birth certificate I had wasn’t the correct one. I didn’t realize the hospital birth certificate wasn’t a legal document, so first off, I had to apply for a new birth certificate from the county health department.

Upon receiving the correct birth certificate, I noticed my first name was spelled differently than the way I had been spelling it all my life. My name was spelled Garald on the birth certificate and I had been spelling it Gerald all these years. The funny part about it, people had always called me Garald instead of Gerald. Quite a revelation. As it turned out, later when I began to understand numerology more, the difference in spelling made a big difference in my life plan.

Evidently, the doctor had written it down wrong at my birth, and my parents weren’t even aware of the error. The original birth certificate couldn’t be changed so we decided to make my passport match my driver’s license,  no one in customs was going to see my birth certificate.

As things progressed, many unseen circumstances prevented me from traveling to Zambia. The adventure was all but forgotten.

Two years had gone by and as I sat reading the morning paper the Sunday before Thanksgiving, a travel ad caught my eye. A group trip was being planned for the two weeks after Christmas to Egypt, it was leaving on December 26th, only five weeks away, and the price was fantastic.

The ad had been placed by a professor Kennedy of Xavier University in Cincinnati and was providing the opportunity to visit Egypt during the Christmas holidays. What better way to spend New Year’s Eve, than in The land of the Pharaohs!

It went on to state it would be a twelve-day trip, visiting Cairo, Memphis, Luxor, Thebes,  Alexandria, Saqqara, and Giza, an all-inclusive trip for $999.

I had some time off after Christmas and so far had no plans. I realized this would be perfect. There isn’t much to do in Indiana this time of year, it would be a good time to travel to a warmer climate. I had been wondering whatever possessed me to take a vacation at this time of year, now I had my answer.

I immediately called and made a reservation, I was on my way to the next step of my journey to enlightenment. The next five weeks flew by, extremely busy with my work I had little time to think about the trip.

As the time approached, I  realized it takes at least six weeks to apply for and receive a passport, if I hadn’t gotten a passport when I was thinking of going to Zambia, this trip would never have materialized and I would have missed one of the great adventures of my life.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Time To Leave Egypt

 

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New year’s Eve in Cairo

Leaving Egypt

Written By; Gary Wonning

Our journey was coming to an end. The next day we would be revisiting the Cairo Museum and the Citadel. If time permitted, a last minute stop at the Cairo Marriott, a refurbished palace . The final evening we would be shopping at the Bazaar, a large flea market type shopping area in Cairo.

They reminded us many times not to give kids any money. If you gave them money, they would go begging on the streets instead of going to school.

Shopping at the bazaar, I felt a tug at my elbow. There stood a little boy who had rubbed fresh dirt on his face to make him look poor. His  outstretched hand and the frown on his face told me he was asking for money.

I thought, what the heck and gave him a quarter. Soon, I felt another tug, there were a dozen kids standing behind me with all their hands outstretched. Lesson learned.

The next morning, it was up at 4:30 to catch our 8:30 flight. The airport was a mad house. A security guard stopped me to check me with a hand held device. I had put my camera film in my coat pocket to avoid sending it through the x-ray machines. When the device reached that pocket, it went off. I attempted to pull my hand out of my pocket to show the guard what I had. He held up his hand, shouting ,”No,No” and turned and left. Guess he thought I had a gun.

As we departed my thoughts turned to home and returning to a normal life.

The Life of the Egyptians

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Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

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Egypt: The Valley of the Dead

Written by; Gary Wonning

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Rameses 11

Egypt: The Valley of the Dead

Several days could be spent experiencing and photographing ancient history at it’s finest in the Valley of the Dead. The ancient Egyptians spent many centuries building edifices in this area.  The Valley of the Dead includes the Valley of the Kings,  Valley of the Queens, Habou Temple, Colossus of Mennon and the Temple of Hatsheput.

The  underground burial tombs prevalent in the area contain the remains and possessions of not only ancient kings and queens, but also many ordinary citizens. King Tut probably is the most famous. His tomb and many others are open for viewing.

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photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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