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Egyptian Pyramid Closes Over Woo-Woo Ritual Rumors

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Posted on Nov 11, 2011
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Superstitious beliefs about the portentous date of 11/11/11 were bound to cause some trouble somewhere around the globe, so it might as well have happened at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. On Friday, the ancient monument was shuttered to tourists, ostensibly for garden variety maintenance reasons but actually, as The Guardian reports, to protect the pyramid from the unwanted attentions of fringey religious groups. —KA

The Guardian:

What began as a single meditation ceremony planned by a Polish organisation—who claimed their activities would help save the earth from cosmic catastrophes—quickly mushroomed into something far larger, with outfits as diverse as the “Universal Kabbalah Network” and the “11.11.11 Gathering of Souls” announcing that they too would be converging on the last remaining ancient wonder of the world to hug, worship or simply climb inside the structure and be healed by the sacred power within.

Panicked by unconfirmed rumours in the local press that the activities would include Masonic rituals and the attempted placing of a Jewish Star of David atop the pyramid itself, the authorities moved this week to shut down access to the Great Pyramid altogether, blaming essential maintenance work for the move. The decision was taken after Egyptologists denounced the various ceremonies and a series of campaigns sprung up online to oppose them, including one spearheaded by an offshoot of the revolutionary April 6th movement, whose members vowed to hold a sit-in at the Giza complex and block access to new age revellers.

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By sistertongue, November 13, 2011 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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It is important to note that most of these propheteers and false gurus are, in fact,
northern hemisphereans, particularly of the western type, who continue to spread
their arrogant ideas of how to “save the planet” all over everyone.  I, personally,
will welcome the era of post new age as the movement has simply devolved into
yet another generation of very self-oriented folks playing the game for profit
(whether money or ego is fairly irrelevant).  They actually DO nothing much -
except meditate, of course.  No activism of any kind, no stepping up and getting
their hands dirty with the real work that needs to be done to heal the planet.  And,
I do think that the Harmonic Convergence, the Harmonic Concordance . . . etc., of
our past should demonstrate how remarkably ineffective these occasional
gatherings are - at least for the planet at large.  I’m sure they make all the
participants feel good.  Time to stop just feeling good and DO good.

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By berniem, November 12, 2011 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Thank zeus, at least a few of the whack jobs were able to congregate in Detroit’s Lion stadium. I wonder if all that prayin’ boosted the town’s economy and if the governor attended?

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