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The Centre Of The Universe [Jul. 24th, 2008|10:08 am]
Tony Grist

I was standing by the concrete post that marks the position of the obelisk- once the tallest stone in the Avebury circle but long since destroyed- and it was like I was at the heart of a machine- the inner parts of which are the stones, the ditch and the bank- and the outer parts of which are the sun, moon and stars- and I thought that if only I could find the switch, the whole thing would revolve like a carousel- with the stones bobbing up and down like horses to beautiful fairground  music.  And then it struck me that any place where one chooses to put down a marker is immediately the centre of the universe and the heavenly bodies will dutifully dance around it. 

I was in this elevated, sort-of-druidic state of mind- and looking like an authority-  when a Russian schoolgirl with a reluctant friend in tow- detached herself from her party and came across the rough grass to ask me a heap of questions. They had driven past Stonehenge, she said,  but hadn't left the coach because it looked so forbidding with all the fences, and now they were in this place she'd never heard of before where they could wander freely and actually touch the magic stones and she was full of glee. I hope I talked sense. 







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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2008-07-24 11:03 am (UTC)
Aw, I love the sheep in the last picture! He (or she, probably) looks so totally blissed out.

I like the idea of you acting as stone-circle guru for the day, too. I bet you did it brilliantly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-24 11:25 am (UTC)
I love it how unfussed the management of Avebury is- the very reverse of what's developed at Stonehenge. People and sheep are allowed to wander about and mingle and do their own thing. No-one's watching you; no-one's making you conform.

I know a bit about the site- probably more than the official tour guide did.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-07-24 12:07 pm (UTC)
I love the sheep photo too.

What's happened at Stonehenge?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
The problem at Stonehenge is that nothing's happened.

The stones are still roped off, the facilities are a national disgrace and an ambitious plan to reroute the nearby road underground has just been shelved.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-07-24 04:34 pm (UTC)
Wow... that is a terrible shame!!!
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2008-07-24 12:57 pm (UTC)
When the Worlds Fair came to Knoxville in the 1980s, I saw in the Chinese exhibit some of the stone horses and soldiers that had been unearthed in Chinese fields, and I was so transfixed by something numinous in the room that I really couldn't bring myself to leave for long moments, even though my family had moved on. I've never had that feeling before about inanimate objects.

Without being in the meadow where these standing stones are, I can't feel that charged air, but somehow I can well imagine it in that place.

Amazing that the lamb looks so peaceful.

(I am reading a book about snake handlers, an oral history of three local families who live in the hills not 100 miles away. I am juxtaposing their services, which, distilled to their essence, become shamanic in their super-conscious states, with the probable shamanic energies still in these fields, in the rocks. Fascinating. You said yesterday something about how stripping away the mystery may have been a mistake, and I agree: to overcome our earthbound muddy humanness, we need to somehow by some means reach beyond to the numinous, which I do believe is all around us always but hard to touch.)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-07-24 02:51 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, Jackie. I saw some of the Chinese terracotta warriors and other figures in London last December and was transfixed. They had the exhibit set up in such a way that you came around corners and were staring right at them.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-24 04:45 pm (UTC)
You can see- from the first picture- how people feel impelled to touch the stones- to make some sort of connection.

The really huge stone in the second picture is known as The Devil's Seat. It has a sinister reputation. Minutes before I took the shot there was a young woman crouched in front of it, muttering or chanting to herself, performing some sort of private ritual.

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-07-24 03:22 pm (UTC)
The sheep weren't around when we visited Avebury nor were there as many people on a cold December's day. I'm sure you talked lots of sense to the Russian school girls. I'd have loved to have listened in.

Your pictures capture a spirit and not just a place.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-24 04:59 pm (UTC)
The sheep were ushered into the field while I was wandering round it on Monday morning. I guess they act as inexpensive mowing machines.

Thank you so much for that compliment. I'm glad you think these pictures get under the surface. It's what I always aim to do.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2008-07-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
You really got at the spirit of Avebury in these shots, I think. Lovely.

Did you sit in the Devil's Seat and hear the weird sound effects?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-24 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm afraid I didn't. If I'd known there were weird sound effects I might have done.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2008-07-24 10:53 pm (UTC)
Sound becomes very muted but very clear. It's remarkable! I recommend you try it next time you're there.

The stones at Avebury (and West kennet --- same stuff) "sing" too; they vibrate sympathetically with any noise of the right tone, and the effects of singing or chanting near them can be quite astonishing. I felt at one point as though I was about to pitch forward onto my nose because the ground seemed to be shaking. It wasn't, though; the apparent shaking was the stones vibrating to a chant being sung. Wild stuff. I imagine it had tremendous effects, back in the day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-07-25 08:50 am (UTC)
Fascinating.

If we only lived a little closer I'd be back there this weekend.
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