21/11/2019 by Sebastian Major
These days it’s impossible to speak about the mysteries of the pyramids without saying something about aliens from outer space. Thanks to the writings of authors like Eric Von Danieken and a slew of cheesy cable shows, the ancient astronauts hypothesis has thoroughly infected the popular understanding of the pyramids. Is there anything to these theories? What about the belief that an army of ancient Israelites was forced to builds great tombs? Tune in and find out how Carl Sagan, a monument to botched construction, and Sebastian’s favourite bible story all play a role.
Listen date: 2020-01-31
- It mentions the bent pyramid, so like the Part II episode, it brought back memories of playing Pharoah.
- It made very short work of Erich von Daeniken, saying that you don’t have to debunk his reasoning, because usually his facts are themselves fake.
- It does grudgingly compliment von D for being the first to bring all the popular conspiracy theories (and, man, I was so into them in the nineties) to attention. Nazca lines, ancient astronauts, Piri Reis, blah blah.
- In general, stuff that von D claims as a mystery is not actually a mystery if you pay a little attention.
- The second part of the episode focuses on whether Jewish slaves built the pyramids, and points out that at the time it was built, the Jewish religion probably didn’t exist.
- But it does suggest that the story of Joseph (of technicolour dreamcoat fame) might be trying to adopt the Hyksos experience (swept into Egypt, conquered it, got thrown out) for the Jews, since the Hyksos were themselves Semites.
- And closes with a bit of how there was compulsory labour, but it was probably so socially ingrained that calling it slavery is iffy.