Monday, April 27, 2009


I've got no history nor special insight into this story, but one wonders if the tone of coverage would be the same if the story were about, for example, catholics being excluded from Lourdes or some ancient European xian church.

I'm not sure what the answer is. At the same time, Stonehenge is holy ground for me and it is susceptible to ruin by overuse. But building highways just beside it (again, imagine that done to some xian holy site) and keeping Pagans out all but once or twice a year doesn't seem the answer.

Picture found here.


Apuleius Platonicus said...

It's a sad and painful story. But Gods bless Arthur Pendragaon! Modern western culture simply has no concept of sacred space. None. A culture that severs it's connection with the past cuts its own heart out. But individuals can and do remember and know - and feel - our connectedness.

nanoboy said...

The guy sounds like a nutcase more than anything else. If he's Arthur, he'd have to prove it, I think. You know, unsheathe Excalibur or something. Still, "strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government."

Teacats said...

When I lived in England in the early 70s -- I visited Stonehenge and actually leaned on the stones, ran my hands over the altar stone etc. BUT -- thanks to idiots defacing and stealing chips from the stones, leaving garbage all over the site and parking anywhere -- yes! the present system was put in to save the site. Perhaps if there were careful monitoring of "close-up" visitors etc. -- the site could be more open to the public. Hard to know what to do about proximity, preservation and pagan worship.

Jan at Rosemary Cottage