Sacred Archetypes Essay

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Stonehenge depicts barrows of hedged monuments that are located in the Wiltshire county of England Salisbury Plains consisting of long and round, bowls, bells, and discs in singles, twins, and triples barrows. These monuments served a religious purpose of the age, which has a relation to the surrounding barrows, similar to that of a church to a churchyard, or a cathedral in later cultures of England and other neighboring countries. People of this era of architecture shifted from their nomadic lifestyle (hunters and gathers) into a much improved food producing cultures, after settling in certain areas where they started using stones to put up magnificent structures. It is this culture that was the focal point that initiated the history of building castles in England, which saw people of the age move from un-civilized cave inhabitants to grand builders, and architects who constructed monumental structures, which still, have the power to surprise present man. While they were living in the land, they build permanent dwellings, shrines, granaries, and collective graves. Indeed most megalithic structures can be credited to them.
They fit into the GREAT ROUND Archetypal Category because, they happen to be characterized with stone circles, passage mounds, sacred caves and sanctuaries all which describe the GREAT ROUND nature. On the other hand, the spiritual focus is on the Great Goddess, and her sacred Womb-Cavern, which is a widespread form motif that becomes the prototype for the holy-of-holies of nearly all later religions. It is believed that the artistic huge stones were belongings that were used to mark extraterrestrial happenings. Stonehenge, presents a lunar and solar point of reference, which may well have been recognized through the “sacred marriage,” to get in touch with the body of the Goddess.
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