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THE PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT: ANCIENT MIRACLES IN STONE

By RUNOKO
RASHIDI



DEDICATED TO DR. ASA GRANT HILLIARD III








"Men fear time, but time fears the pyramids."
--Arab
Proverb
Egypt's first Golden Age is chiefly appreciated
as the famous epoch of pyramid building. These edifices were not built by
slaves. They were erected by free African people, and remain a source of awe,
wonder and inspiration. These monuments, particularly the three built over a
eighty year period on Egypt's Ghiza plateau during the reigns of the African
kings Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, reflect the genius of African people at our
zenith, and are arguably the world's most enduring expressions of architectural
prowess. Khufu's pyramid, the largest of the three, has been called the purest
geometric form in human architecture, and retains the distinction of being the
largest single building ever constructed by man.

The Great Pyramid of Khufu, known to the African people of ancient Egypt as
'Khufu on the Horizon,' was by far the greatest of the so-called "Seven Wonders
of the Ancient World." Khufu's pyramid originally stood 481 feet high or
forty-eight stories. It is composed of 2.3 million granite blocks, each
weighing an average of 2.5 tons, and reaching a maximum of fifteen tons. Its
precision is such that even now one would struggle in vain to place a razor
blade between the stones. The entire structure was covered with fine white
limestone and could be seen from a distance of hundreds of miles. It has been
calculated that the cathedrals of Florence, Milan and St. Peter's at Rome, as
well as Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral, could fit inside Khufu's
pyramid with room to spare. Napoleon Bonaparte estimated that there was enough
stone in the pyramid of Khufu to build a wall measuring ten feet high and a foot
wide around the entire country of France. The Arab invaders of post-pharaonic
Egypt were so struck by the pyramids that they coined the expression: "Men fear
time, but time fears the pyramids."

SOURCES:
Black Man Of The Nile, by Yosef A.A.
Ben-Jochannan
Egypt Revisited, Edited by Ivan Van
Sertima