Descendents of the Tower of Babel?
The Learning Channel has a series named "Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs". You can experience their interactive version at their website. The episodes are titled: "Why Build Pyramids", "The Pyramid Builders" and the third "Pyramids are Everywhere".
These episodes point out, among other things, that:
- Ancient pyramids are found in Egypt and Mexico.
- They are also found in Peru, Nubia, Malaysia, Iraq and China.
- A pyramid in the Malaysian jungle and a pyramid in Central America are virtually identical.
- The largest man-made pyramid in the world was built by a very ancient civilization in Peru which had no metal and no writing!
- The biggest pyramids in Egypt and Mexico have the not only the exact same base but both aligned to true (not magnetic) North!
- The Nubians built their pyramids with great knowledge of the Egyptian pyramids built 1,000 years earlier. There is NO other quality evidence of any other interaction among the cultures of pyramid builders.
This following paragraph is from their website, describing the third episode of the series:
Pyramids are Everywhere, a sort of "Pyramids 101," shows why Egypt doesn't have a monopoly on pyramids. Pyramids pop up in the most unlikely places including the island of Java, the Peruvian Desert, China and Iraq. As viewers go on a world tour, Dr. Brier points out that there are remarkable similarities among all these pyramids. It seems as if people all over the world had the same idea: to build huge pointy structures up to the sky and orient them to the points of the compass. The episode examines the science and the role of spirituality in the building plans. Spectacular graphics show that if you want to build really high, you need a broad base that will narrow as you go higher — hence, a pyramid.
Let me repeat the following highlights from their paragraph:
- remarkable similarities among all these pyramids.
- all over the world had the same idea
- the role of spirituality in the building plans
Pyramids apparently were built for one of two purposes:
- Those with steps to the top had altars or temples at the peak.
- Those without steps were built as status symbols or memorials to kings. Many kings or rulers were buried either within or near the pyramid.
Some were used for both, and they had combinations of smooth parts and paths of steps!
The show's host, an expert archeologist, believes that all these pyramids may well point back to the very first pyramid, the Tower of Babel. This tower, built shortly after the flood which Noah and his family were chosen to survive, was built in the area of Iraq.
By using a well-preserved Iraqian "Ziggurat" as a design model, he even offered a possible model of that "first pyramid". It was quite fascinating to watch, and admittedly, the part about what the original tower looked like was speculative, even though done in a very scientific way.
Why do I mention this program? Because I have found someone who looks at this whole world the way I like to look at it.
As a scientist, as an archeologist, he points back to the "post-deluvian world" as a source for similarity in ancient buildings around the world.
I am just as convinced that the same "post-deluvian world" is the source for similarity in ancient religions and spiritual beliefs around the world.
We were all split up at the Tower of Babel, going from being one society/culture to having dozens and dozens. Some say that they broke into four major groups, each led by Noah or one of his sons. Those that believe this state that this break up also created the races we have today: Caucasian, Asiatic, Semitic and African, with the others stemming from these. I don't know.
I am convinced that these dozens of cultures we have today, had their 'genesis' at that point or later, and that all of them point back to the original as people tried to explain "creation", which in their case, was the story of "Noah and His Sons".