one of Egypt’s most eminent archeologists, dismisses them as "pryamidiots.
"They are millennium conspiracy theorists who claim Egyptian authorities
will allow a secret society bent on world domination to hold rituals
inside the Great Pyramid as 2000 dawns. "There are many of these
idiots from all over the world, but mainly America," said Hawass,
custodian of the Giza pyramids. "They put on the Internet that
there is a tunnel from my bathroom to the Great Pyramid and that
I am hiding evidence of lost civilization or aliens who they claim
built the pyramids."
Egyptian authorities are
taking no chances that fringe groups will spoil a spectacular
millennium party at the foot of the pyramids which will include
an opera specially composed by Frenchman Jean Michel Jarre. At
the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, a gold-plated, light-emitting
capstone 10 meters high will be lowered by helicopter on to the
missing peak of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The crowds will be
kept about a kilometre away from the three Giza pyramids and the
Sphinx. There will be an increased police presence for the party,
which is intended to boost tourism. The measures are mainly to
ensure the pyramids will not be damaged by crowds and to guard
against any threat from Islamic militants and the "pryamidiots."
They argue that the Gregorian
calendar was created by the Illuminati, a secret society that
has held power since ancient times, and 2000 will coincide with
a surge of solar energy to be manipulated by the Illuminati. Manipulating
this energy will, they believe, help the Illuminati to control
the thoughts and emotions of the ignorant masses. And the Giza
site is the ideal venue. They believe Giza was built to centre
on a massive energy vortex of converging force lines.
David Icke, a former British
television sportscaster, claims the show is a pretext to lure
thousands of people to the pyramid area to be sucked of their
energy by the Illuminati rituals. He includes the British Royal
family among key members of the world "illuminati elite" of human-reptile
Even sections of the Egyptian
press, together with doomsday Internet sites have been quick to
see plots in plans to project giant images of the Pharaonic Eye
of Horus on to the sides of the pyramids during Jarre’s show.
They have linked the image to what they describe as the "Masonic
symbolism" of the glowing eye at the top of a pyramid shown on
a U.S. $1 bill.
Egyptian archeologists shrug
off claims there is anything sinister in giving the Cheops pyramid
a new top. When, after 30 years of labour, Cheops was completed
5,000 years ago, it was crowned with a gold capstone amid celebratory