As you may know the Egyptians had many gods and appreciated them a lot, the Mayans also had a lot of gods and just as the Egyptians they also had sanctuaries where they would speak to the gods and pray to the gods, the only difference is that the Mayans had the sanctuary on the actual pyramid while the Egyptians didn’t have them on the pyramid they had them separately. The Mayans placed the sanctuary on the top part of the pyramid, that is why it was flat on the top and had a room like shape on the top. The first Egyptian pyramids such as the Djoser were stepped like the Mayan ones they would have a stepped pyramid shape and the Mayan pyramids would always be like so. Later on the Egyptians make more triangular pyramids and more pyramidal shape, instead the Maya always would have their pyramids in the same stepped pyramid shape.
The facing of the pyramids was important in both of the cultures, the Mayan pyramids would be facing certain things, most of the main Mayan pyramids would face the sun, while the smaller ones were normally facing the main pyramid or the center of the plazas. It was important to the Mayans that the pyramids in the plaza were facing straight and not angled toward different directions, most of the times the main pyramid ruled and the rest of the smaller ones would be faced based on how the main one was. Many of these pyramid facing importances were done on their astronomy and was not guessed randomly. The Egyptians also had an astronomical facing method for the pyramids, normally they faced constellations or would be perfectly aligned with the stars, they just like the Mayans had a way of facing their pyramids on a logical way that would make sense and was important. The alignments on the pyramids were both close to perfect because all of the methods they had to measure the angles were precise and very inventive.
And last but not least the Mayans and the Egyptians both buried the kings or pharaohs inside the pyramids, most of the pyramids contained one of these rulers inside them to preserve them and nowadays the archeologists have found huge amounts of Mayan and Egyptian rulers inside these pyramids. Both the Maya people and the Egyptian people would conserve their kings inside their pyramids. Now we can see that both the Egyptians and Mayans had similar ways of building their famous pyramids. So next time you see an Egyptian pyramid picture or something about them remember that the Mayans had some similar beautiful structures that you can as well see.
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