The Power of Pyramids

One of the benefits of teaching is the constant refreshment of ideas presented by students to air out the stuffy closets in minds that tend to close around academic orthodoxies. Each field of studies has its sacred shrines not to be disturbed, and none more so than the field of religious studies. That’s why I appreciate the openness of student minds. This summer I was introduced to the alleged Bosnian pyramid that I posted about some months back. Having reviewed the statements of both archaeologists and geologists it is easy to see how what looks like a pyramid might not be a pyramid at all. Some experts even theorize that the pyramids of Egypt took their inspiration from the shape of a natural desert mountain.

Wikipedia's photo of the "Bosnian Pyramid"

As we were winding up our classroom discussion of Egyptian mortuary cult and its awe-inspiring pyramids, another student asked me if I had heard of the Okinawa pyramids. I hadn’t. Back in my student days I recall a professor entering my Egyptian Religion course after having just read a book on the mystical power of pyramids wherein the author claimed that dull razors placed under a small-scale pyramid would come out sharpened the next morning and other such nonsense. We all had a good laugh and got onto the serious business of comprehending the fascinating world of Ptah and Atum. When I first heard the phrase “Okinawa Pyramids” I had to fight down the immediate flash of embarrassment of unrestrained academic laughter should I be found even considering such a proposal.

I have always, however, listened to those willing to ask about even the most anomalous incidents of history. Two years back I had a student share the “helicopter hieroglyphs” of ancient Egypt with me, despite a fully understandable reading of signs that can look like a helicopter to the uninitiated. The Okinawa Pyramids, however, were different. As the student whipped out his laptop and pulled the images up from the internet, I was intrigued. These were not pyramids, but rather monolithic blocks 60–100 feet below the surface of the ocean near Japan. My amateur study of geology has taught me that many species of rock naturally have squared fractures along various planes and facets, but the number of offset angles and the profusion of the squared edges forced my mind open just a bit. What is more striking yet is that there is no Wikipedia article on this formation at all, despite its discovery in the 1980s. Most intriguing of all is that the complex seems to have sunk at the end of the last ice age, thus predating even the pyramids of Egypt. Even the stepped pyramid of Djoser.

Is there evidence of a pre-civilization civilization under the coastal waters of Japan? I am not qualified to decide. I feel safe in saying that whatever is there is not a pyramid, but I am impressed by the photos and the relative silence about them even on the web. Since the best photos are copyright protected, I’ll provide a link for anyone wishing to creak open a dusty mind-closet and wonder about the implications.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Pyramids

  1. Who?

    Good post; I’ve never heard about these before. I guess I don’t have a rigid timeline in my head when it comes to stuff like that. If the Okinawa structures appear to pre-date others, maybe they are older. What’s the problem if they do? Besides the bruised, collective ego from the now unseated “experts”. Ego is such a pain in our societal ass hahaha.

    Reminds me of a quote I saw the other day (maybe on your site??)- “It’s okay to have beliefs, just don’t believe in them.”

    Wonder what would happen if people could migrate towards more open-ended questioning/curiosity? I guess it all comes back to a lack of, and maybe aversion to, independent/critical thinking.


    • Steve Wiggins

      Open-mindedness is threatening to any form of orthodoxy, whether it be religious or scientific or historical. I wonder if this is a recent development or just human nature? Once we’ve pieced together a somewhat workable chronology: Ice Ages, human civilization, atomic bomb … we are afraid to go back and rearrange it because of all the knock-on effects. Oh, such bother to have to rebuild it all! I’ve read about prior civilizations ever since I was a kid and I thought they were interesting ideas, but they have never had the support of mainstream historians or anthropologists. A truly open mind is a frightening thing, I guess.


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