Thebes, the “Mother of Cities” as it was called, was one of the chief centers of religion in Africa. The Blacks were a very religious people and had quite the number of religious cities, each one under the special patronage of a god, goddess, or any number of deities. Because the religion of the Africans was far more than ritual reflecting beliefs, but a reality reflected in their actual way of life, religion from the earliest times became the dynamic force in the development of all the major aspects of black civilization.
The belief in life after death was the great inspiration for building on so grand a scale, attempting to erect structures that would stand forever. Necessity, therefore, gave birth to the mathematical sciences required for building the amazing pyramids and the architectural designs for the most elaborate system of temple-building the world has ever known.
Dr. Chancellor Williams