Myth Can Be Real
So, now we have the facts, but do you believe them? Or do you believe there is more to it than what scientists can tell us? If you don't believe the facts, then you are looking to believe the unbelievable. The myths, the legends, the fantasy of what we have not been able to prove real or to prove wrong. What gives us the right to say a story is myth just because we can't believe it? Because of the Stonehenge's location being in Great Britain, we are not supplied with many written records. The British and Irish are known for carrying on stories by word of mouth. What better way to believe the myths than given this reason? Myths, legends, and tales are merely just a true story that has been exaggerated and distorted by being carried on by different people and cultures, to what they see fit. This leads me to believe that there is a little truth behind every common myth and legend.
There have been many myths accumulated about the Stonehenge over the years, but here are a few that stand out:
Merlin: Geoffrey of Monmouth, in the 12th century A.D., tells the story of the most famous wizard of all time, Merlin. It is believed by Geoffrey that Merlin transported an Irish monument by using his powers. This monument was known as the "Giants' Dance." He moved this massive monument all the way from Mount Killaraus to the Salisbury Plain. He moved the monument to the Salisbury Plain to mark the site of a massacre of British nobleman by the hands of the Saxons, lead by the Kentish King Hengest. But why did Merlin choose to make the men's death memorable? Was this battle the death of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table?
Giants' Dance: The Stonehenge is known well as the "Giants' Dance." It is said that there was a circle of dancing giants that were turned to stone by being exposed to a sunbeam. In a way and from afar, the Stonehenge resembles giants holding hands.
Druids: The oldest assumption was that the Druids had built the Stonehenge for ceremonial and sacrificial purposes.
Queen Boudicca: During the Roman Period, they say the Druids had built the Stonehenge as a tomb to mark the rebelious British Queen Boudicca's grave.
These myths are just a few of many to come, and in time they shall all be analysed to see if any of these myths were possible. As I go through the different myths and legends, I want you to respond and tell me which of them you would believe in if you let your imagination free. Join me next time for more beautiful tales of the Stonehenge.