Many people died while building these pyramids, as the toll of the astronomical
task of moving the giant building blocks to their place was too much burden.
Inside these pyramids, there are elaborate and often quite beautiful burial chambers. In
these chambers there were often spells and incantations written on the walls, along with
pottery and sculptures of items that were thought that would be needed for the afterlife,
such as vases for food and water and of workers that could serve the king (pharaoh) in
The pyramids were often guarded by rows of sculptures that had the head of a human and
the body of an animal. These sculptures are known as sphinxes and were designed to
keep tomb-raiders away from the burial site. They indicate that the society was highly
superstitious, and had a belief in the supernatural.
The king was considered a divine being who controlled over his subjects, and on his