The Egyptians did not build the pyramids. No one living in the area can tell you; who built them, why they were built, when they were built, how they were built or why the pyramids at the complex were arranged in the particular order that they are arranged in.
I imagine long ago, the first person to use his small copper chisel and wooden mallet to dislodge the glue (a glue as strong as a spiders web) securing the casing stones and slide the first stone down the side of the pyramid, was greeted with cheers from his friends waiting at the bottom of the pyramid. They then may have used logs, camels, and perhaps the Nile to transport the stone to Cairo to build their city.
Deriv; Pyramids of the Giza Plateau (CC BY-SA 2.0), and the Native American Spider-woman (CC BY-SA 3.0), and the Creator in Hopi mythology. (Public Domain)
If money changed hands, a booming business probably emerged, and it might have taken them 20 years or so to remove all the casing stones and strip the pyramid of anything of value that they could carry off. They probably camped in one of the old ruins nearby and brought their families there to live.
Artist’s depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with casing stones intact. (Source: Wiki.en.Grepolis.com)
Spider-woman and Her Helpers
The Hopi Creation Story tells me who built the pyramids— Spider-woman with her helpers the Ant People (the Hopi refer to the pyramids as large ant hills in their story). She is said to have done this because the Creator instructed her to put his plan down on Earth for all to see. Like any good business man, the Creator had a reason and a plan.
Grandmother Spider or Spider Woman of Native American lore. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The reason the Creator needed pyramids in Egypt, Mexico, and China, was the Earth had a problem. It was believed it was out of balance when he first found it wobbling in space. After Spider-woman built the pyramids, two twin ice caps formed on each pole and their weight stabilized the planet. Today the twins are melting.
By Hopi count this is the fourth time the Creator has come back to correct this re-occurring problem. This might also be the reason why the pyramids have been built at different periods of time (after the first people were destroyed by fire, the second people destroyed by ice, and the third people destroyed by water, the great flood) and locations and why the murals around the pyramid complex have evolved from stick figures to beautiful colored decorations and carvings, just as we have evolved.
A mural depicting Tawa, the Sun Spirit and Creator in Hopi mythology. (Public Domain)
So what was the plan?
The Plan at the Pyramid Complex
The Creator told Spider-women and his Nephew, that they were to remain here on Earth and start civilization. The Creator wanted one for himself, one for his Nephew, and he would come back and fix the problem seven times, hoping that we would “wake up” and take care of our Earth and its problems ourselves in the future.
Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills
The largest pyramid, on the left, was for the Creator, the center pyramid was for the Nephew. The pyramid that represents our location in the plan today is positioned on the equinox—the perfect balance where the day is divided into two equal parts, half dark and half light, this pyramid is smaller than the two large pyramids.
The three small satellite pyramids in front of the Creator’s pyramid could represent the next three worlds he has to create. The three small satellite pyramids behind the pyramid that represent our present location in the plan, could stand for the three past worlds destroyed by the fire, the ice and the water.
(Learn more about the calculations and connections between at the creation beliefs of the Hopi and the sites of the Egytpian Pyramid Plateau in The Valley of the Kings and the Hopi: Constellations Send Ancient Messages).
When the Hopi yearly Ceremonial Cycle is added to the complex, you see that we are in between the fourth and fifth cycle and about to cross over from this world to the next.
Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills
If this belief is correct, there should be evidence that the small satellite pyramids have been moved in the distant past in the first, second, and third sections.
The Hopi Creation Story does not tell us how the pyramids were built but it covers the who, (Spider-woman and the Ant People), the why, (to help stablize the planet when it was out of balance), and the when, (in the beginning and after the Earth was destroyed by fire, ice, and a great flood), very well in my mind.
Thomas O. Mills is author of The Book Of Truth - A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story. Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to connect ancient sites around the world.