What Is the Purpose of the Pyramids?

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The Egyptian pyramids provided a visible link between the earth and the immortal gods in heaven.
The Egyptian pyramids provided a visible link between the earth and the immortal gods in heaven. (Image: Giza Pyramids at Cairo Egypt image by TekinT from Fotolia.com)

Pyramid structures exist at several locations in the world besides Egypt. In addition to the Mayas and the Aztecs in Central America, other civilizations built pyramids in Greece and China for religious purposes. Archaeologists say they served as tombs and monuments for kings as well as sites for religious rituals.

Egyptian Pyramids

Built 5000 years ago for the purpose of providing an eternal tomb for their pharaohs, the Egyptian pyramids reassured the people that their rulers, even in death, were a source of influence with the gods on their behalf.

The pyramids at Giza were tombs and monuments to their pharaohs.
The pyramids at Giza were tombs and monuments to their pharaohs. (Image: pyramid eagle image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

Mayan and Aztec Pyramids

The pyramids of Central America served as stages for the drama of the religious rites which called for human sacrifice. Priests conducted the rituals on the platforms crowning the structures. Crowds gathered in the courtyard and watched the priests, high atop the pyramid, rip out the victim's heart and hold it up for all to see. Then the bloody bodies were tossed off the platform where they rolled down the sloping face to the bottom.

The pyramids of Central America were sites for religious rituals.
The pyramids of Central America were sites for religious rituals. (Image: pyramide de chichen itza image by rachid amrous-spleen from Fotolia.com)

Modern Pyramids

The steel and glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris is an architectural masterpiece. It joins those constructed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco as structures built to be enjoyed for their intrinsic artistic beauty.

Modern pyramids are architectual and artistic wonders of the world.
Modern pyramids are architectual and artistic wonders of the world. (Image: pyramid image by araraadt from Fotolia.com)

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