Our Hearts go out to you – by C. L. Lewis author of The Creed Griffon Series www.creedgriffon.com or https://www.facebook.com/creedgriffonfictionseries


Sometimes we have a tendency to dismiss individuals who live on the
other side of the world because they are of a different race, live under a
totally different governmental system, or have different beliefs. (Not to mention unjustified  and misconstrued preconceived notions we may have of one another) But as tragic as these recent airline and ferry disasters have been, they have given us a glimpse of the utter despair and anguish relatives and friends of the lost are experiencing,
making it very hard not to empathize with them on a very basic human
level. 

At the core – we are all the same in some way. If we could only unite by our likenesses, rather than divide over our differences – this would be a much happier place. I know – easier said than done but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible… My deepest sympathies go out to those of you touched by these recent disasters. May you find the strength and the courage to carry you through. 

Respectfully,

C. L. Lewis

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Geezer Pyramids or Giza Pyramids? By C. L. Lewis Author of the Creed Griffon Series, The Road to Dendura; www.creedgriffon.com

Part 1: A Visual Egyptian Time Line Carved in Stone

Because my book, The Road to Dendura, deals with Ancient Egypt, recently I was asked a few questions via email about the geezer pyramids. My first thought was to chuckle, but when you consider that the sender of this email was only nine years old – I’m left thoroughly amazed. Curiosity and fascination about ancient Egypt is something that effects every walk of life – and reaches all ages. The Giza Pyramids are but one of many interesting and incredible aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. 

I’ll attempt to give you a visual pyramid time-line building up to the Giza pyramids within this and the posting to follow. Nonetheless, here are a few interesting facts about pyramids that you and my email friend might find interesting.

By building
monuments shaped like a pyramid the Egyptians believed that
they were re-creating the shape of the first land that emerged from the
sea at the beginning of time, called the primordial mound. This would ensure the king’s journey to
the next world and a prosperous nation for everybody else.

Prior to pyramids, kings used tombs called Mastabas. Mastaba means bench in Arabic. They were named as such because the tomb itself looks like a bench. King  Mereruka who died around 2323 BC was buried in this type of tomb.

The very first
pyramid in Egypt was built for King Zoser (Djoser) around 2650 BC. It is
known as a Step-Pyramid. It is considered the beginning of the pyramidal shape, but unlike the pyramids at Giza, it does not have smooth sides. The step pyramid is
basically five Mastabas placed one on top of the other, with each one getting
smaller as you near the top.

If at first  you don’t succeed try try again. I like King Sneferu for this very principle – he wasn’t a quitter.  The first attempt to build a smooth sided pyramid was by King Sneferu (2613-2589 BC) at Dahshur, just
to the south of the main pyramids at Giza. It is known as the
Bent-Pyramid due to the fact that the architects changed the angles of the
sides halfway through its construction. Not surprisingly, (and I say this lightly because I’d have a hard time building a pyramid from Lego‘s) the Red Pyramid was also built by King Senferu. And this time, he achieved the true pyramidal shape he was looking for. The Red pyramid stands next to the Bent Pyramid.

Please check back as I will be adding the second half of my visual time-line in my next posting or visit the link below.

http://blog.creedgriffon.com/2013/08/a-time-line-made-of-stone-by-c-l-lewis.html

Respectfully,

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