Ancient Egypt, Maya, China, Inca, Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Sudan, Spain, Aztec and more have all at some point in history designed and created Pyramids. But why?
The simple answer is - Mathematics = Pyramid.
The easiest way to build a structure out of heavy, cumbersome stone that will stand the test of time is to build in this way.
The architectural benefits were an accident. The triangular shape allows better airflow, rain glided down the sides, as well as served as excellent points of reference for any visitor.
Some cultures would build pyramids because they reminded them of the mountains and volcanoes that surrounded them. To emulate this natural beauty is to be more in touch with the gods. At the top of these pyramids, the ancients would feel a stronger connection to rain, storms and volcanic eruptions.
Other cultures built them as ceremonial centres for the gods. A place where heavenly worship could be performed so that they could feel closer to those they deified.
Aztec pyramids were built for human sacrifices. Stepped in design, the peak would be a showcase for the gathering crowds. A public show of horror as the man in charge would remove the heart of a petrified guest and show it to him - still beating.
Maya culture was obsessed with dates and time, so their pyramids were oriented in such a way that emulated their calendar. The number of steps added up to the days in a year.
In short, the pyramid was a product of the human imagination. We strive to connect to a higher power and always have.
Building towards the sky is a common thread that many ancient cultures share.