Ethiopia, Land of Pyramids

Ethiopia Built the First Pyramid

In Western Australia, a humble youth asked Mesfin, ‘Where is Ethiopia?’ He lowered his voice, afraid of Ianet. Mesfin explained about the ancient African nation. He could have said, ‘That’s where the first pyramids were.’

Ethiopians built the world’s first pyramid. It was in the central west at Lake Zuay (Ziway). This would have been more than 3,000 years before the Christian era (BCE). In the 1970s, Mesfin studied this in his Grade 10 textbook. Westerners then got the communist Derg to ban it.

Question: What was the pyramid used for?

Clue: Lakes hold this.

Answer: water

Pyramids were vaska – water reservoirs that preserved and conserved water. Abyssinians (Ethiopians) pioneered water technology. External buildings served to keep water cool and reduce evaporation. Ethiopians kept nothing else inside them. Pyramids kept the water vital and healthy. It passed through a tunnel for filtration. This process cooled the water without air conditioning.

Ancient Abyssinian Water Technology

The pyramids were transported by wooden boats. Ancient Ethiopians sailed long distances carrying pyramids’ stonemasonry. Chisellers shaped the blocks. They were specialist stonemasons. It took 12 years to build one pyramid. To read about another feat of Ethiopian engineering, tap or click here.

Stonemasons built scaffolding. Without cement, they locked the blocks together. The interlocking was done by chiselling and shaping. Each block locked uniquely with the next. Geometry and algebra were used to design pyramids. They were made with 3D & 4D geometrical designs. Nobody today can emulate the safety of pyramid construction. No roof, beams, upper beams or columns were needed. This is why pyramids survived vibration caused by water flow, earthquakes, earth shakes and land sliding & cracking.

Ethiopian carpenters built the wooden boats. Viewed from the front, their prow formed the character toh, similar in shape to the Jewish cross. It was an ancient Abyssinian symbol of civilisation and power. Thousands of years later, Christians adopted the symbol, modifying it to a simpler ‘t’. Before that, the Greek philosopher Socrates desired toh for his headstone.

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Ethiopian Jewish Cross © Ianet Bastyan, 2020

Ethiopian Technological Innovations in Egypt

Water Storage

In Egypt, remains of the Luxor Temple bear the Abyssinian symbol toh. Stonemasons chiselled construction records on edifices. The presence of the Ethiopian syllable toh indicates that the building’s stonemasons were Ethiopian. Tap or click here for a map showing Luxor’s location.

Abay (Blue Nile River) flowed 14,000 kilometres to Luxor from Lake Tana, the source of the Nile in Ethiopia. In Egypt, water storage was expensive and difficult. Therefore, Egyptian pharaohs had Abyssinian geniuses kidnapped. During 2589–2504 BCE, it was they who build the pyramids of Giza. Interestingly, gize is Ethiopian Ge’ez and Amharic for ‘time’. View All Gizah Pyramids.

Preservation of History

When people died, mourners placed gold on their chin so that the gods would find them. Pyramids preserved everything well, so pharaohs began to use them for their mausoleums. This preserved history: bodies, tools and royal property.

However, in Egypt, Ethiopians first built pyramids to conserve water. Egypt had temperatures of 40–50 degrees Celsius. 5 months per year the temperature was 50-degrees Celsus. The other 7 months, it was below 45-degrees and above 38-degrees. Mesfin knows for he studied water development engineering in Cairo, Egypt. Ever since antiquity, 40 per cent of the water in the Nile River had evaporated.

Ancient Ethiopians used the same water technology and building model as for Lake Zuay in Ethiopia. Their tunnels let the water rest underground. This kept the Nile River alive and able to green Egypt’s desert. Egyptians drank cool water all year round.

During the ascendancy of Iran or Persia, rich sultans used pyramid water like holy water for healing. If they drank Nile River water, it gave them energy and greatness.

Then there were the Nubian Meroe pyramids on the Nile River in present-day Sudan. The inhabitants were Abyssinian. Those pyramids came later, after Giza.

Pyramids were Ethiopian Water Technology

Nefertiti was Ethiopian Born

Nefertiti was the Ethiopian-born wife of Egyptian King Akhenaten in the 14th century BCE. She was human trafficked. Egyptians captured her at Gojjam in Ethiopia’s north. Her nickname was Neftu, which means ‘runny nose’. When she was kidnapped, she cried and her nose ran. The kidnappers put more people around her to stop her despairing and dying of depression. When she cried, they said, ‘Do not be neftu.’ Nefertiti is a corruption of this.

Thousands of years after Nefertiti, Ethiopian stonemasons were long gone. The water of the Blue Nile River no longer reached Luxor. Today, everybody knows and visits the ruins of Giza. The resting place of Egyptian pharaohs is a massive tourist attraction.

Egypt was colonized by the Derbush, later Turkey, and by Persia, France and England. Her society changed and became enslaved. Unpaid, people were exploited as soldiers to invade other countries during the height of colonialism. Europeans used them as human shields at the battlefront.

Since then, Iran has weakened and Iraq’s Babylonia has collapsed. Today, Egyptians feel more powerful. Their country is a bridge for European exploitation, such as when the US invaded Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. They still wonder how they built the pyramids. Well, they never did.

Stolen Historical Evidence

Historical evidence of the origin of pyramids was stolen. The corrupt sold ancient texts to European tourists and workers such as geologists. There are no extant texts. In this Amharic video, an historian presents evidence of pyramids in Egypt being built by Ethiopians. This Amharic television programme also cover the topic.

In Ethiopia today, quiet agrarian achievers use the ancient water technology of vaska or pyramids. It is theirs and always was.

Better known are Ethiopia’s dams. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Hidassie) is on the Blue Nile. With heights up to 800 metres, it is bigger than Egypt’s Aswan Dam, which Kruschev funded in the mid-1970s. Once full, Hidassie will create 71 small islands.

Hidassie will fill: Ethiopians have sacrificed so much for this. This month, there has been huge loss inside our most beloved of lands. To hear the truth spoken in Amharic, tap or click here.

Dear Ethiopians, here are great lyrics. They are for “Anthem”, a song in English by the late Leonard Cohen. His music moves diaspora in Australia. They say, ‘He is singing about us.’

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful knowledge you are sharing. Keep well and God bless.

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