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The content of this page are caused directly by watching the Documentary "Stonehenge Decoded" in which Professor and Archaeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, University of Sheffield, advocates for the idea of "Ancestral spirits living in the stones of the Stonehenge megalithic stones" and furthermore advocates for the idea that the newly discovered Woodhenge was worshipped by the living people and that Stonehenge was worshipped for the ancestral Spirits.
But I think there are more to it than just stating some ideas based on the usual archaeological comforting "It must be something ritual that we don't know anything about".
- Several times I have heard archaeologist and telling from still living native people where the mythological story seems to have lost the deeper mythological meaning and sense. In “Stonehenge Decoded”, the local Madagascan archaeologist, (?)Ramilson, stated about the local Tandroy People of Madagaskar, that “the Tandroy ancestors inhabits the megalithic stones”.
But the Ramilson statement very much makes me wonder. The dead ancestral spirits really living in the stones? Could Ramilson´s statement or assertion have a more specific meaning?
Which meaningful and understandable connection can there be between “ritual stone settings in an ancient monumental building” and “ancestors”? It depends of course of the meaning of setting stones and building large megalithic structures under great strains. And where comes the “ancestors” into the picture of the story telling? Can there be a deeper meaning than just proclaiming and saying that “the ancestors inhabits the stones”?
First you have of course to know the purpose of setting stones and building the ritual structures, and you don't build such large and heavy structures without a real good purpose! You do this in order to mark specific important events that really matters and gives a real daily, seasonal , spiritual and mythical meaning for your tribal life. And, if one really are thinking and imagining that the spirits lives on after the physical death, there was/is many other local and natural places where the ancestral spirits can rest besides in some standing stones.
- “Ancestors” are not just “Forefathers” or “reasonly dead members in an ancient family group”. In the deepest sense the concepts of “Ancestrial” and “Forefathers” can be connected with the very telling of the mythological origin of mankind. Where did we come from and how did this happened? Did we just grow up from the soil of the Earth or was other “unearthly” conditions in play? Where do we meet a first telling of the human origin if not from the Creation stories from a lot of ancient peoples and in the later written Religious telling?
In order to find out the question of the origin of the mankind, you have to know something about the cosmological conditions that creates the possibility of life on Earth. The basic life seems immediately to grow by itself, but we all know that the Sun have its specific influences on the life on Earth. So, imagine living in ancient times, we have to extend our knowledge at least to the Sun influences and the changes of the Seasons. Therefore: Setting stones to mark the Sun and thereby the seasons, was really important in ancient times.
These physical observations is for many people a quite sufficient and enough explanation to the questions of “where we came from and where we go to” because this is just the fact of all living things in nature. And it really also should be a sufficient facts for modern archaeologists when the find and study these ancient stones and monumentally buildings, that the archaeologists makes the real mental and conscious connection to larger cosmological conditions than just the comfortable: “It must be something ritual”.
- When we have studied the Earth/Sun relationship for a while, we maybe also begin to wonder over the view in the seemingly revolving night Sky with the Stars and the white band that vaults over the Sky, the contours of the Milky Way. An that is just what many ancient cultures have pondered over for thousands of years. Stars have been connected into figures of all human and animal kinds. Star constellations have been plotted and symbolized all over the world and is very recognizable.
When it comes to gathering knowledge and setting stones marking the Sun directions and setting marking stones it's “just” a matter of observing the Sun throughout some years and set the stones in the seasonal directions from a central marking stone. And when it comes to the physical observations of the night Sky, you can do the very same if you want to mark the north pole or some specific Stars or Star constellations.
It is quite another question of understanding our forefathers and foremothers way of gathering real knowledge on the extraterrestrial areas outside the Earth and outside the Solar System. In this case, there are no other possibilities for understanding the ancestral way of gathering knowledge, but really to accept the whole concept of “spiritual traveling”, which is very difficult for modern people mentally to grasp, while mostly getting modern Astronomical and Cosmological “outherspace” knowledge by technological instruments of all kinds.
Often one hear or read about “shamanistic mind traveling out in space” but very few describes what the “cosmic mind travelers” really gathers of information's from the other Space. But how else could our ancestors get their ideas to “the story of Creation”? Have our ancestors discovered much more of Space than the modern human beings can understand? Well, I think so!
But how on Earth can one argument for, and explain a possible enormous ancestral Space/Galactic knowledge? Well, one really can't without finding a lot of ancient symbols and story telling of Creation and try to compare the symbols and telling to the modern scientific knowledge of Astronomy and Cosmology.
And such a common knowledge seems, in my opinion, to be factual. And also in my opinion, our ancestors were/are well, very well ahead of the modern science regarding a Holistic understanding of everything on Earth and in the Heaven.
- The very idea and practice of the technological and industrial “devellopment“ and the very idea of the “Newton and Einstein Laws of gravity” are the worst modern obstacles in order to get a Holistic and Universal knowledge similar to our ancestors.
Our ancestors had no trouble with any laws of gravity, their spirits could easily move anywhere they wanted, but because of the modern technological way of getting knowledge by spacecrafts and astronomical instruments, the modern human beings are physical and mentally stuck of gravitational difficulties, launching very heavy tin cans in Space and getting speculative information's by instruments in stead of launching their Spirits the Ancestral Way of gathering intuitive and immediate knowledge.
Related: Megalithic Milky Way Stones.