Spiritual seekers drawn to Egyptian sacred sites
[...] The group forms a circle while holding hands and chants in rhythmic tones. Before they enter the Great Pyramid, they shake rattles over themselves in order, they say, to align their energies.
In complete darkness, they crouch to reach the pit of the pyramid where they comfort themselves with the meditations. Then, they climb their way up to the queen’s chamber, and finally reach the highest chamber, the king’s chamber.
Each participant takes turns lying in the empty sarcophagus of King Khufu, also known as Cheops, who reigned some 4,500 years ago. Tour groups are allowed to engage in activities like this during private time in the pyramids, when they’re not open to other tourists. The participants are also invited to do or say whatever comes to them in that moment. Some shout out words: “Powerful!” “Woman!” The group responds to the calls and repeats them with enthusiasm. The reverberating sound fills the dark room and leaves people shaking even after they’ve exited the pyramid.