THE AVEBURY CROMLECH

THE CIRCLE AND THE SNAKE

A large part of our world is full of really old monuments, which is inexplicable for us. In fact, we are sure that what we know about them is more a subjective certainty than a precise one. The scientific explanations do not always satisfy the look of the people that see on them something else than a display of skill and physical strength in ancient times.


09.01.2009 Text and pictures: JOSEP Mª ROSELLÓ

In the last years scientific theories accept concepts such as spiritual motivations, astronomical markers or ritual sanctuaries to explain the reason for being of old megalithic monuments. This is always much more than classifying them as mere burial places (which also were that) or territory signs. In the southwest of England persists the legend, myth or tradition that in the past the human being was in contact with energies that moved the world and cosmos. In those remote days they worshipped them in the shape of stony representations. In Wiltshire County those alleged energies are profusely symbolized in the shape of a circle and a snake.

Staring closely at a menhir or an old path that is suddenly interrupted can indicate absolutely nothing at all. Staring at those elements in an isolate way does not inform us very much about their nature, why they were placed there or which was their original function to be built or designed. Therefore, we have necessarily to stare at them as a whole. Sometimes the presence of menhirs in the area does not offer us a clear explanation or interpretation about them simply because once they were part of a complex that today is incomplete.

A lot of factors have destroyed the original appearance of these elements from the beginning of our era until now. The lack of them only gives us a partial vision, which makes their interpretation more difficult. The fact that builders did not bequeath more messages than just symbols, cuts, traces or details that today are almost imperceptible and the resulting erosion caused by the passing of time also make considerably difficult the task of interpreting them.

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