Buzz

Egyptian Public Figures React to Elon Musk’s Comment on Pyramids Built by Aliens

Egyptian Public Figures React to Elon Musk’s Comment on Pyramids Built by Aliens

Egyptian public figures, Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al Mashat and renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, denounced Elon Musk’s comment that the pyramids were built by ‘aliens’ on social media.

Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and businessman who founded SpaceX in 2002, tweeted on Friday that the pyramids were built by “aliens”.

In another tweet, he said that King Ramses II was “cool” using the emoticon, and then shared links from Wikipedia and BBC that explained the origins of the pyramids.

Dr. Rania Al Mashat responded back to the tweet on Saturday, saying, “I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you and Space X to explore the writings about how the Pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid-builders. Mr Musk, we are waiting for you.”

Egyptologist and former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass also responded in a one-minute video, noting that Musk’s claims are “complete hallucination,” and added that there are inscriptions inside the Great Pyramid of the “workmen who built the pyramids, and I found the tombs of the pyramid builders, that tells everyone that they were Egyptians and not slaves.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Dr. Zahi Hawass (@zahi_hawass) on

“All the tombs around the Great Pyramids mentioned the Khufu Pyramid and the king himself,” Hawass said in the video.

In a Harvard Magazine article, ‘Who Built the Pyramids?” by Jonathan Shaw, archaeologist Mark Lehner wrote about the ‘social apparatus’ that helped mobilize Egyptian workers to build the pyramids.

He noted that, “people were not atomized, separate, individuals with the political and economic freedom that we take for granted. Obligatory labor ranges from slavery all the way to… a strong sense of community obligations. If you are a young man in a traditional setting like that, you may not have a choice.”

Singalongs and Big Dance Numbers: 8 Classic Egyptian Musical Films From Back in the Day
In Photos: A Look At the First Restaurant Near Giza Pyramids

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz
@egyptianstreets

Quick clicks. Making it lighter.

More in Buzz

How Powerful is the Egyptian Passport?

Shereif Barakat2 October 2022

Review: Can Bouchée Conquer Korba’s Food Scene?

Shereif Barakat1 October 2022

In Vogue: The Revival of Arab Women’s 90s Lip Liner Look

Mirna Abdulaal30 September 2022

These 4 Laws in Egypt Must Change: Activists

Shereif Barakat26 September 2022

Egypt Sets Sights on Hosting 2036 Olympics

Shereif Barakat25 September 2022

Never Show Up Emtpy-Handed: What To Bring to an Egyptian Dinner Party

Amina Zaineldine25 September 2022

Good vs. Evil: Are There Two North Coasts in Egypt?

Amina Zaineldine24 September 2022

Egypt’s Bernie Madoff: The Story of Ahmed Al-Rayan

Shereif Barakat22 September 2022