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Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations see thousands gather

#1  Postby DougC » Jun 21, 2014 10:51 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-27954267
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An estimated 37,000 people gathered to watch the sun rise on the longest day of the year, with a small number of arrests reported by police.

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Wiltshire Police said the 25 arrests were mostly for drugs-related offences.
Druids and pagans are among those who mark the summer solstice at sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury.

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Re: Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations see thousands gather

#2  Postby Weaver » Jun 21, 2014 10:56 pm

Bunch of idiots playing dress-up - and probably facing the wrong way to boot.

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#3  Postby chairman bill » Jun 21, 2014 10:57 pm

I know quite a few of them, and dismissing them as idiots betrays the fact that you probably know none of them.
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#4  Postby Calilasseia » Jun 21, 2014 11:01 pm

Sadly, there appear to be no Natasha Khan lookalikes forgetting their clothes ... :mrgreen:
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#5  Postby Weaver » Jun 21, 2014 11:01 pm

Perhaps - it's quite unlikely that I know any of them. However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...
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#6  Postby DougC » Jun 21, 2014 11:05 pm

Weaver wrote:Perhaps - it's quite unlikely that I know any of them. However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...

Be fair, there was Aztecs.
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#7  Postby JVRaines » Jun 22, 2014 5:26 am

Weaver wrote:Bunch of idiots playing dress-up - and probably facing the wrong way to boot.

http://www.cosmicelk.net/Stonehenge.htm

When I visited England in 1994, I ended up at Stonehenge on the day of the winter solstice quite by accident. There were a few midwinter nuts trying to get into the circle, which was at that time completely off limits. What I shall remember most, though, is the icy wind blasting over Salisbury Plain! No wonder they prefer midsummer.
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#8  Postby chairman bill » Jun 22, 2014 9:33 am

Weaver wrote:However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.
Actually, it appears that this wasn't its function, that it actually had more to do with funerary rites, with Woodhenge, the river Avon and the Avenue all linked & part of a massive ritual landscape. And there are clear alignments to the summer solstice.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...
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#9  Postby Fallible » Jun 22, 2014 10:00 am

I'd go if I lived nearer, for the experience. In fact I did live very near (Street in Somerset) many years ago but I was a kid and my parents weren't interested. I used to go there a lot, but not on the solstice. In those days you could wander freely among the stones. I touched them and read the graffiti. :lol:
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#10  Postby Evolving » Jun 22, 2014 10:06 am

I went there with my daughters last year, on a cold, windy day, and I had to remind myself that it is 5,000 years old and I shouldn't be disappointed that it seemed a bit small!

I saw a programme recently setting out the theory that Stonehenge, at least in part, had a medicinal function, in that people believed in the healing properties of the stones; and they described a man who seems to have journeyed there all the way from the Alps with his son (or some other close relative) to heal a terrible wound that he had, and was buried there when, unsurprisingly, it didn't work. What an astonishing and tragic waste of time and effort.

EDIT: here is a newspaper report about the theory. The Amesbury Archer, that was the fellow.
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#11  Postby kennyc » Jun 22, 2014 10:25 am

DougC wrote:
Weaver wrote:Perhaps - it's quite unlikely that I know any of them. However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...

Be fair, there was Aztecs.
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#12  Postby kennyc » Jun 22, 2014 10:32 am

37,000 people! My Lord! I'm with that girl in the video, too loud, too noisy, too many wackos.....RUN AWAY! Come back on a non-solstice day!
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#13  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jun 22, 2014 12:04 pm

kennyc wrote:
DougC wrote:
Weaver wrote:Perhaps - it's quite unlikely that I know any of them. However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...

Be fair, there was Aztecs.
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See I knew the Aztec's and Inca's had advanced tech!


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#14  Postby kennyc » Jun 22, 2014 12:51 pm

CdesignProponentsist wrote:
kennyc wrote:
DougC wrote:
Weaver wrote:Perhaps - it's quite unlikely that I know any of them. However, the site is most likely designed for observation of the mid-winter solstice (it is highly important for primitive societies to know when the Sun is going to "turn back North", much less so than it is to know when mid-summer is.

Add in wearing modern-ish robes and carrying utterly fanciful swords ...

Be fair, there was Aztecs.
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See I knew the Aztec's and Inca's had advanced tech!


What the fuck are you talking about? That's a 4s he's holding there. Ancient!


yeahbutt check out that antenna on his head!
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#15  Postby Nebogipfel » Jun 22, 2014 3:21 pm

Aztecs at Stonehenge? WTF?

By the way that chief druid is a dead ringer for Christopher Lee playing Saruman...
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Re: Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations see thousands gather

#16  Postby laklak » Jun 22, 2014 3:52 pm

I know a few pagans, nice people mostly, if wooish. Dated a druid chick once, she was hot. I prefer them to Christians.
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#17  Postby DougC » Jun 23, 2014 4:56 am

laklak wrote:I know a few pagans, nice people mostly, if wooish. Dated a druid chick once, she was hot. I prefer them to Christians.

I would have bet money on this. :smoke:
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#18  Postby DougC » Jun 23, 2014 5:13 am

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#19  Postby Evolving » Jun 23, 2014 6:42 pm

Evolving wrote:I went there with my daughters last year, on a cold, windy day, and I had to remind myself that it is 5,000 years old and I shouldn't be disappointed that it seemed a bit small!

I saw a programme recently setting out the theory that Stonehenge, at least in part, had a medicinal function, in that people believed in the healing properties of the stones; and they described a man who seems to have journeyed there all the way from the Alps with his son (or some other close relative) to heal a terrible wound that he had, and was buried there when, unsurprisingly, it didn't work. What an astonishing and tragic waste of time and effort.

EDIT: here is a newspaper report about the theory. The Amesbury Archer, that was the fellow.


I feel rather foolish because I see that the programme I was talking about is on BBC iPlayer right now: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dtjy4/timewatch-20082009-1-stonehenge.
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#20  Postby catbasket » Jun 23, 2014 7:04 pm

Thanks - watching that now!
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