2011 February 13 Sunday
Modest Proposal: New Pyramids For Egypt

What positive things do you associate with the Egypt brand? The biggest positive is obvious: Pyramids. But the pyramids are old and in appearance a far cry from their original beauty. To boost the tourism industry after the change in government the Egyptians should build new pyramids that are replicas of how some of the existing pyramids looked.

What would be especially cool: Recreation of the Great Sphinx of Giza. There could even be 2 versions: one with the Pharoah's head another built with a lion's head since it might originally have been a lion. Or possibly it was shaped as a dog for Anubis. Each replica could be built. The cat and dog people could support their preferred version. Something 4500+ years old is today a far cry from what it originally looked like when (according to some researchers) Khafra had it built (or modified?). A high quality replica of the original would pull in lots more tourists.

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Steve Sailer said at February 14, 2011 12:22 AM:

Building new pyramids seems too much, but a lifesize replica of the Sphinx near the real one seems like an excellent idea. Whenever you visit ancient sites, it's hard to tell how much is original and how much is new stuff, but a best-guess version of the Sphinx that is labeled as a best-guess would be a good addition. I'd pay an extra $10 to visit that along with the real one.

no i don't said at February 14, 2011 11:35 AM:

How about the capitalist-corporate pyramid?? It is called "ladder" although it becomes narower as you climb.

Stephen said at February 14, 2011 9:09 PM:

The pyramids really disturbed me the first time I saw them. All I could think of was the enormous waste of manpower they represent. Amazing what stupid things people do in the name of religion.

luke said at February 15, 2011 12:31 AM:

Muslim Egyptians will never build another sphinx since it's basically an idol. And I don't know how many Americans would travel half way across the world to see a replica. I know that I wouldn't.

no i don't said at February 15, 2011 9:47 AM:

"The pyramids really disturbed me the first time I saw them. All I could think of was the enormous waste of manpower they represent. Amazing what stupid things people do in the name of religion."

Right on! I agree with that and would include not only pyramids but also cathedrals and mosques.
Every now and then there's an interesting statement.

Cheers Stephen!

no i don't said at February 15, 2011 9:54 AM:

"Muslim Egyptians will never build another sphinx since it's basically an idol."

Luke, I could be wrong, but your post seems to impy that muslims build the sphinx. No muslims built the spinx. They simply didn't exist at the time. What we now call "egyptians" are those nationals of Egypt, which are Arabs, not the Egyptians as were called the ancient people from the Nile region.

no i don't said at February 15, 2011 9:57 AM:

Luke, if no such implication was intended on your behalf, please disregard my previous post.

Cheers.

WJ said at February 15, 2011 12:27 PM:

"The pyramids really disturbed me the first time I saw them. All I could think of was the enormous waste of manpower they represent. Amazing what stupid things people do in the name of religion."

They did it on behalf of, and by orders of, Pharaoh. Funny what stupid things people do in the name of government. Although they're still pretty amazing.

Stephen said at February 15, 2011 3:33 PM:

WJ, good point. Egypt was a theocracy so there wasn't really any distinction between the needs of the state and the needs of the religion. The Pharaoh was head of the religion and the state.

Z said at February 16, 2011 7:52 PM:

They supposedly were all brightly colored. Some of the 1000 year old pyramids in Mexico still have a small amount of their green and red coloring, especially parts that are in partial shade.

I'd enjoy a replica but why not at a US theme park I can bring my daughter to? King's Island in Cincinnati has a 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower for example.


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