Pyramids play a major part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from an article on pyramids in Wikipedia.
A pyramid … is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top… The base of a pyramid can be [3 or 4 sided] and has at least three outer triangular surfaces… The square pyramid, with a square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.
…Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world…. the Great Pyramid of Khufu [in Egypt is] the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. … The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula [in Mexico.]
The Mesopotamians [one of the the earliest known civilizations] built the earliest pyramidal structures, called ziggurats. [They] were brightly painted in gold/bronze [and] constructed of sun-dried mud-brick[. Little] remains of them.…. Access to the shrine would have been by a [ramp] on one side… or by a spiral ramp from base to summit ….
The most famous pyramids are the Egyptian pyramids — huge structures built of brick or stone … Most pyramids had a polished, highly reflective white limestone surface, …The capstone … could be plated with gold [or] silver….As of 2008, some 135 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest in Egypt and one of the largest in the world. …
Nubian pyramids were constructed (roughly 240 of them) at three sites in Sudan to serve as tombs for the kings and queens. The[ Nubian Pyramids] were constructed at a steeper angle than Egyptian ones.
Mesoamerica [also called Middle America]
…Mesoamerican pyramids were usually stepped, with temples on top…The Great Pyramid of Cholula, in Mexico. … is the largest monument [in the world.] The third largest pyramid in the world, the Pyramid of the Sun… is also located in Mexico. Pyramids in Mexico were often used as places of human sacrifice. For the re-consecration of Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in 1487, the Aztecs recorded that they sacrificed about 80,400 people …
Many [early] Native American societies … built large pyramidal earth structures known as platform mounds. Among the largest and best-known …is Monks Mound in what became Illinois. [It was completed] around 1100 AD.
[There are] earth and stone step pyramid structures [in Indonesia] called Punden Berundak …The construction of stone pyramids is based on the native beliefs that mountains and high places are [homes] for the spirit of the ancestors.
The 32-story Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee (a city named after the ancient Egyptian capital) … was the home court for the University of Memphis men’sbasketball program, and the National Basketball Association‘s Memphis Grizzlies until 2004.
The 48-story Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco…is one of the city’s symbols.