Generations before us have pndered the ancient Megolithic structures and labyrinths. We have pillaged them, condemned them, destroyed them, created “proofs” from the world view of the day. After all, these missals from the past are literally written in stone. What are they?
Some of them are Stonehenge in Britain, The Grange in Ireland, sites of the Cathedrals of Notre Dame in France and thousands of stone messages scattered, rooted, planted throughout the world. But what are they? And why would these Megalithic, ice-ages surviving communities pour such thought and effort into what some now recognize as “Sacred Geometry”? They seem to be a pre-historic group of humans who found numbers more interesting than words. I picture them holding the intensity and wonder of a child first rising up on two legs, now able to look up as well as down, to touch with freed hands, to see both vertically and horizontally. Can we moderns replicate the achievements of the Megaliths (scientific method, technology)? Here is where the scientific community began its consideration back in 1806, through Danish scientist Rasmus Nyerup.
Everything which has come down to us from heathendom is wrapped in a thick fog: it belongs to a space of time which we cannot measure. We know that it is earlier than Christendom, but whether by a couple of years or a couple of centuries, or even by more than a millenium, we can no more than guess
(quoted from Earth Magic by Francis Hitching, p.44)
Since then, through the technique of carbon dating and the tireless scientific archeological exploration of many, particularly Dr. Alexander Thom, acknowledged scholars working within our modern scientific paradigm can no longer brush aside the evidence. We now know these Megalithic communities lived at least around 8,000 bce, if not even earlier, and that many of their structures are so aligned as to mark the Summer & Winter solstices, the Spring & Fall Equinxes, and the exact time of yearly eclipses. I feel we need our modern scientific practices (our crap-detectors) and experimental techniques and we also need to be able to think beyond our time-bound theories to open our imaginations.
When what we know begins to fail us, we reach out with a prayer and a hope for what we do not know. “On Eating Cotton” is Sophie’s way of framing this challenge:
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