On the occasion of the solstice, hundreds of pagans, druids and other revelers gathered at dawn Friday to touch the stones and celebrate the shortest day of the year.
The Telegraph points to new analysis by Professor Terence Meaden, who looked at stone circles across Britain, including Stonehenge, “filming their changing silhouettes during sunrise on ritually significant dates of the year.” He argues that the purpose of these sites was, essentially, to create giant shadow dicks for ritual purposes. “My basic discovery is that many stone circles were built at a time of a fertility religion, and that stones were positioned such that at sunrise on auspicious dates of the year phallic shadows would be cast from a male-symbolic stone to a waiting female-symbolic stone,” said Meaden. Regarding Stonehenge specifically:
“At Stonehenge on days of clear sunrise the shadow of the externally sited phallic Heel Stone penetrates the great monument in the week of the summer solstice and finally arrives at the recumbent Altar Stone, which is symbolically female. Devised in the late Neolithic this could be a dramatic visual representation of the cosmic consummation of the gods between a sky father and the earth mother goddess.”
This is not the prevailing interpretation of the site, which has in recent years has yielded interesting new finds thanks to advancing technology. [ . . . ] More: Is Stonehenge a Giant Ritualistic Shadow Puppet Dick?
“Oh, what’s that?” I ask. “It’s the same shape as coriander”. “That’s creeping buttercup, and it’s poisonous. You’ve just fallen victim to natural selection,” laughs expert forager Joe O’Leary. “You’re extinct.”We’re in Fargo Wood, a sarsen stone’s throw away from possibly the most famous Neolithic monument in the world, Stonehenge, foraging among the burial mounds for the sorts of food that our ancestors might have taken from the land [ . . . ]