Question by futureguy: Why are there great pyramids in Egypt and Mexico. Thousands of miles from each other and have the same idea?
The mystery of how the pyramids were built remains today. How could the ancient people think of building these great structures when they lived many thousands of miles from each other on different continents and had no way of communicating with each other.
I guess I didn’t ask my question correctly. My question is not how the ancients got the idea to build pyramids, but how the ancients on two separate continents came up with the idea to build pyramids when there was no way for them to communicate with each other, yet they both had an abstract idea to build pyramids on separate continents, without knowing each other had the same idea.
Answer by BMS
the concept is not too hard to imagine
the aspect ratio of materials lends to the ability to stand up unsupported.
The ancient looked around and admired solid structures that were very tall.. ie mountains…
The eqyptians used a circle, hoop, for calculations, there is a height of the circle, then mark and roll it on the ground and you have a length, they didnt need to calc PI, they did it manually.
The structures in Mexico use a different aspect ratio, and there are mountains all around for inspiration. These are more of a set value such as 2:2, over 1 up 2, etc, not difficult math….just common sense.
In response to your additional information…it appears that the ancient civilizations have always looked up or to large effigies looking down, as ref to the gods.
I guess Freud put it that as children, we are always looking up to our parents for safety and protection and to help us get out of danger. As adults, we manifest this into looking up for the same reasons, and the mountains were revered as the place of where the “gods” were. Humans sought to manifest this locally, by building their own mountains, or localized places for the gods to live and for them to pay homage.
still further, looking up for protection, the “gods” looking down.
We tend to overestimate the issues, and underestimate what a few simple tools could accomplish, and that they did not have TV.
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