The Cheops Pyramid of Giza (Khufu)

Egypt, Land of Pharaohs

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

Written by Gary Wonning

The Great pyramid of Giza has been a mystery for centuries. The giant edifice has been researched for generations, every part of it has been measured, plotted,  and photographed. 

Despite all of this, mankind still hasn’t officially determined what its purpose is, or how it was built. Many suppositions have been made, but no concrete evidence has ever been discovered.

Most assume it was the final resting place of King Cheops, a king of Egypt but no body has ever been found, not only in this pyramid, but in any other pyramid in Egypt. It is highly unlikely to have ever been a burial tomb. 

The magnitude of the pyramid and the intense work effort that would have been necessary to complete it during the reign of a pharaoh is impossible taking into account our understanding of the tools and knowledge available for construction at that a period in time. 

Conventional wisdom tells us the pyramid is about three or four thousand years old, many sources dispute this, saying it was probably built ten or twelve thousands years ago, or perhaps even earlier in time. 

Many of the kings and pharaohs were buried in elaborate tombs south of Cairo in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. In comparison, the pyramids are rather dull.

It hardly seems likely any pharaoh would have wanted to be buried in the pyramid, there is no place to store all the goodies the ancient rulers took with them to the underworld. 

The pyramid was built with precise dimensions and laid out on the cardinal points of the compass. It seems more obvious the pyramids had another purpose other than a burial tomb. 

In all likelihood, the ancients were a lot more knowledgeable than we give them credit for. The real reason the pyramids were built will sooner or later be discovered and when it is, it will shake conventional wisdom to the core. 

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

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Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in acquiring  spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

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Ancient Egypt: The Rule Of Ramses

Written by Gary Wonning

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Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The Rule of Ramses

Following the traditions of most pharaohs, Ramses improved the temples at Karnak and Luxor. He finished many projects his father had started, as well as starting many more of his own. His lust for beauty and power drove the Egyptians heavily into debt and thus the country suffered extreme hardships because of this.

Being a powerful ruler with an army of over 100,000, and in an effort to reclaim Africa and Western Asia for Egypt he attacked his neighbors, the Nubian’s, Syrians and Hittites many times, with the most famous campaign being the battle of Kaddish.

Living to the ripe old age of ninety, the last decades of his life he spent suffering from arthritis and he walked with a hunched back. His teeth were continuously infected and much evidence points to his teeth as being the cause of death. Being a redhead his family was associated with the God Seth, the slayer of Osiris. Ramses II’s father, Seti I, means “follower of Seth”

His tomb, located in the Valley of Kings was found empty and had been continuously looted over the years. It is now slowly being restored and in time will be completely renovated. Because of security reasons, his mummy has been moved several times and is one of the best preserved ever found.

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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

 

Egypt: The Valley of the Dead

Written by; Gary Wonning

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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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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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On The Road To Alexandria

 

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The Town Bakery

Written By: Gary Wonning

After a continental breakfast, we set out for  the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt. This was New Year’s Day and we had only gotten three hours sleep. I don’t think I am ready for this. 

A couple hours into the trip, we stopped for a rest break at an Egyptian truck stop. Boy, can I use the rest, and using the facilities sounded like a good idea. After purchasing a coffee and donuts, as I  walked back towards the bus, I saw a military base across the road.

I can get some really good photos. Grabbing my camera, I headed across the road,as I proceeded to take a photo several  armed soldiers appeared shouting, “No Photo”. I Guess this isn’t a Kodak moment, maybe I’ll go back to the bus.

We arrived at our hotel in Alexandria about 3 pm, just in time for a nice lunch in the hotel restaurant. There wasn’t much left of the day, so we decided to visit the local aquarium. The admission charge was $.01, I’m not sure if my budget can handle this.

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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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The Cheops Pyramid At Sunrise

 

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The sun rises over the Egyptian plain

Written By; Gary Wonning

The sunrise was important to the Egyptians. To them, it symbolized their own resurrection after death.

This would be a perfect time to visit the Giant Pyramid of Cheops. We would be well ahead of the thundering crowds that soon would arrive on this holiday week-end.

Before entering the pyramid, another treat awaited us. We drove west of the pyramids for a front row seat to witness the sun rising and seeing the pyramids at first light.

Located high above Cairo sits the Giza Plane, site of the Ancient pyramids of Giza. Sitting on the highest land for miles around with an ancient dry river valley to the north of the pyramids, and the Nile to the east, it’s  hard to envision how these ancient monuments could have been constructed.

Next to the greatest pyramid of all, the ancient pyramid of Cheops is a museum containing the personal boat of Cheops.

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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

 

Arriving in Cairo

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

As dusk approached Cairo, so did we. Circling for a landing, the Giza pyramids were visible as the sun set over the Egyptian plain.

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Sunrise, New Year’s Eve,

There was no jet-way to greet us, descending the steps of the plane and taking an airport bus across the tarmac, we entered a different world. Mass confusion abounded everywhere, the airport was old and unclean. People were trying to find their luggage while cats and dogs scampered about.
Extension cords leading to television cameras were lying everywhere on the floor. A  television crew was setting up to broadcast  the arrival of some dignitaries. I’m sure they weren’t there to see me if they were, they missed me.  OSHA would have a field day here. Viewing the entire scene, I couldn’t help but wonder ”What have I gotten myself into?”

Our tour guide met our group and we boarded our waiting bus.  Driving through Cairo was quite interesting. I observed people living in multiple story apartments with only a couple of walls. Many had no roofs and they built fires in their living rooms to stave off the chill of the Egyptian nights.

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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

 

 

The Egyptian Culture

 

Written by; Gary Wonning

Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Many Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt, almost ten thousand years ago. Most are still using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land.

As I viewed the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples,  it seemed to me their civilization had digressed over time. You can’t help but wonder how the same peoples that built the pyramids, today  can only build rudimentary mud huts. Buildings and homes built over 1500 years ago are still standing and similar to the ones constructed today.

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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.

photo of the pyramids at sunrise

Sunrise, New Year’s Eve, 1986

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome