Monday, September 22, 2008

Someone take me there, please..

full of beauty.. and mystery also

Stonehenge is the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, located in the English county of Wiltshire. It's Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance for sure. Its original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Some people say it was designed as a place of sun worship. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the Solstice. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago.

Wondering, who built it? The question of who built Stonehenge is largely unanswered, even today. The monument's construction has been attributed to many ancient peoples throughout the years, but the most captivating and enduring attribution has been to the Druids. By this time, though, the stones had been standing for 2,000 years, and were, perhaps, already in a ruined condition.

There’s another story about this Stonehenge was constructed.. It is told by the twelfth century writer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, in his History of the Kings of Britain that Merlin brought the stones to the Salisbury Plain from Ireland. Geoffrey tells that the high king, Aurelius Ambrosius, wanted to create a fitting memorial to the slain men. Merlin suggested an expedition to Ireland for the purpose of transplanting the Giant's Ring stone circle to Britain. The stones were located on "Mount Killaraus" and were used as a site for performing rituals and for healing. Led by King Uther and Merlin, the expedition arrived at the spot in Ireland. The Britons, none of whom were giants (who else could handle the job?!), apparently, were unsuccessful in their attempts to move the great stones. So, Merlin had an idea to dismantle the stones and shipped them back to Britain where they were set up as they had been before, in a great circle, around the mass grave of the murdered noblemen. The story goes on to tell that Aurelius, Uther and Arthur's successor, Constantine were also buried there in their time.

Some people see it as a place steeped in magic and mystery. I think so! One thing interesting me about Stonehenge is.. as i read all the sources, Stonehenge was constructed by the bluestones which are believed in their healing power. They haven’t explained yet how the stones can heal people by something something but it’s worth to wait what science can find next. C=

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