Stairway to Eternity
Stairway to Eternity is a book which looks into the fascinating similarities of the Egyptian pyramids with Mount Teide. We will be publishing the book in small excerpts, in every edition.
Chapter I- Part I
The red and yellow dust drove into the Green valley, blown by the winds that were quickly turning a large portion of Africa into the world’s largest desert. The eternal river meandered its way towards the sea and on both banks lay the world’s only civilization. This was the land of Egypt, the kingdom of the river, the most powerful nation on earth.
The man that ruled this kingdom was the pharaoh Djoser; he had been a good ruler, just and fair. He had had large temples built to worship the gods that protected Egypt and had built the palaces that housed his family and the priests that ruled the minds of his people.
In turn these priests were led by one man named Imhotep, the high priest of Egypt. Djoser had been a lucky man as he and Imhotep had had an excellent and close relationship. The pharaoh’s high priest was not only a man of gods but also an excellent administrator, organizer and architect.
This then is where our story starts in 2670B.C. The dust and sand blowing into the Nile valley were brining other very different visitors, the Libyan tribes that lived in all the lands west of Egypt were fleeing their ancestral lands, no rain had fallen for months. Their once rich green territory was quickly turning into a desert, their animals were dead or starving, and their crops had been destroyed. There was only one route to salvation, eastwards to the river, a river that they and their ancestors had heard many stories about, stories of a great king, of enormous buildings and monuments, of abundant water and rich crops; of the sun god, of ships navigation the river. They would make their way there; there was no option, eastwards or death.
This daily influx of Libyans was starting to worry the people of Egypt. These refugees came in small numbers but on a daily basis, their language was different and they were extremely poor in comparison with the wealth and well-being of the people of the Nile. Imhotep and Djoser realized that Egypt needed more people, it was a sparsely populated country which had no enemies so there were few slaves, only Nubians from the south. More people would be a good thing, there was food and water for everyone and those Libyans could help build new channels for irrigation, new palaces, temples and buildings to administer the Kingdom. They could even join the army, not that it was used much; some incursions south to Nubia to look for slaves and sometimes Egypt’s fighters had to be used to put down small rebellions normally led by priests who were unhappy with their lot.
Part II to follow in our next edition.