Ziggurats vs The Pyramids of Egypt

Ziggurat from ancient Sumer
Ziggurat from ancient Sumer
Khufu, the largest of the famous three pyramids in Cairo, Egypt
Khufu, the largest of the famous three pyramids in Cairo, Egypt

Both the ziggurats of Sumer and the pyramids of Egypt were made due to religious customs- although they couldn't have been made more differently or for more different reasons.

Ziggurats were made of mud-bricks and were temples sitting high off of the ground. The pyramids (I'll use Khufu, the largest pyramid, as an example) were made of limestone and were completely massive and long-lasting, versus the short life-span of the mud-brick ziggurat. Both Kufu and a ziggurat were built as high as they could go for the purpose of trying to get to the heavens (for Sumerian ziggurats) or the sun god Amen-Re (for the Egyptian pyramids).

Although both were made for religious purposes, those purposes were quite different. A ziggurat was a temple, made solely for the worship of the Gods and only priests were allowed inside. A pyramid, however, such as Khufu, wasn't made for the Gods at all but for the pharaohs. Khufu is the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh of the same name. His mummy and its riches most likely reside inside and the pyramid was made as his palace in the afterlife. Egyptians did this because in their religion they were obsessed with death and the continuation of life after it.

A ziggurat and a pyramid are different in almost every way- being made differently and used differently, but they both show some of the religious and cultural patterns of their makers, the Sumerians and the Egyptians.

More by this Author


Comments 7 comments

moo cow 3 years ago

high


jessie 2 years ago

this helped me alot


moo cow 4 weeks ago

hsadjsadfkhdskahfahishfgjhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhlajfhruekfjdsfgrkuksddhfgdjrugksuhekgshg


moo cow 4 weeks ago

jjjahkdfsdkhoi ii alike me


moo cow 4 weeks ago

This was helpful for us


yybyuihgfghjk 4 weeks ago

hixsdcfvghjkjhgfdeswdfghjkjhgfdsdfghjklkjhgfdsdfghjklkjhgfdsdfghjkllkjhgtfrdesdfghjklkjhgfdsdfghnjmk.,mnbvcxzasdfghjkl;l;;;;'

\][poiuytrewwwwwwqqqqqqaasdfghjkl;'

?.,mnbvcxzsdfghjkl


moo cow 4 weeks ago

samuel hows it going

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working