dinsdag 29 maart 2011

Ancient lines and sacred paths

In a number of ancient cultures an important journey is considered  a straight line.  In general, a winding path, or at least a path that is not directly straight is usually associated with primitive cultures, and a straight line with civilization. The funny thing is that there is demonstrable evidence that straight and narrow paths, encouraged by the Bible, had a specific meaning for just very old civilizations.

John the Baptist (so it’s written in the Bible) was the voice that cried "create a road through the desert for our Lord, even a path through the wilderness for our God." (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3).

Indians say about white people who build the roads, that they are curved, while Indian trails are very straight.
In Peru, paths are leading to holy places (often on mountain tops) and demons are waiting on those who dared to stray that way, it was thought.

The mystery regarding to the consistency or the use of straight lines in prehistoric times is only now evident by the many studies that are widely given to this fact.
Though of course the truth is that nature does not manifests itself in straight lines , but rather in circular and flowing movements.
What is actually in contradiction with straight lines and rectangular patterns.
One should not confuse human interference with natural features.

In England (and beyond) there are quite a few publications, illustrated with many maps, showing that prehistoric man would have considerable geometric knowledge, and a thorough understanding of the cosmic phenomena.
The structure of the evolving landscape would therefore be determined. This is a common basis for two research areas, namely that of the ley lines and astronomical orientation of megalithic monuments.
These are interesting phenomena, in which researchers look at the relationship between the locations (from prehistory to the Middle Ages) and their possible meanings, symbolic, cultural, historical, mythical.

Leylines = name for energy pathways where Christians and pagan peoples created their sacred places upon.

The ley research, which basically deals with a possible system in the locations relative to each of prehistoric cult sites, megaliths and shrines, was first examined by Alfred Watkins (The Old Straight Track Ways, 1925) he discovered a grid pattern of straight lines, assumed there was a link to important places.

Despite the boom in publications which have followed on, there is no scientific evidence provided.
So far it remains an intriguing hypotheses. The word Ley, originally 17th century English from the word "Laia", meaning "path in a forest".
Watkins stated the straight caracter of ley lines, as the shortest route between places.
Many old roads and trails arose by following a line along the various points along a certain route.

The main markers could include megaliths, stone circles, burial mounds, ancient stone crosses, sacred trees, wells, old settlements on prehistoric relics built churches and chapels, ancient watchtowers, old fire beacons on mountain tops, cuts in the slope of hills, etc.

By Maarten Donders  `` Traces in Time & Space``

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