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Myths of the Stonehenge

Updated on January 22, 2012

Myths II

These fascinating tales about the Stonehenge, go on and on. These beautiful tales almost make me not want to know the actual truth, but perhaps, one of these tales is the truth. The myths to be covered today will include faces, Aliens, cures, and the Devil himself.

Face: Archaeologist, Terrence Meaden, claims to have seen a face carved into one of the sarsen stones. He insinuates, "He could be the patron of the monument or even its architect. Perhaps, the designer of the Stonehenge has been looking at us for four thousand years and we didn't see him.

Aliens: Crop circle researcher, Colin Andrews, says to have found a symbol carved into one of the blue stones, which looks like one of the crop circles that have appeared in fields close by. Aliens, or extra-terrestrials, have been one of the most popular explanations to the Stonehenge. This claim has linked multiple prehistoric sites to being the work of Aliens. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

Cures: Over the years, many have claimed that the Stonehenge holds healing powers. The trick to this is, that if you sit underneath the stones while water is being poured over them, your wounds shall be washed away and they will heal.

Dealing with the Devil: One of my most favored tale about the Stonehenge was the tale of the Devil. The story starts off with an old Irish woman with a beautiful display of stones in her backyard. These stones caught the eye of the Devil one day and he came up with a plan to get these stones. He dressed up as a charming chap in a suit and asked the old lady if she would like to sell her stone structure. She at first said no, but the scheming Devil pulled out a load of gold, and the old lady agreed to sell her stones. Of course, when the Devil took the stones, he kept the gold as well. The Devil then moved them all the way to Salisbury Plain. He was so proud of these stones he started making bets that no one would ever come close to guessing exactly how many stones his structure contained. A priest overheard the Devil's bragging and boasting, and was irritated by it. So, the priest marched right up to the Devil and said, "I can guess how many stones you have." The Devil laughed and said, "Try." Out of dumb luck, the priest guessed exactly right. The Devil was so furious, he picked up one of the stones and threw it at the priest. The stone just caught the priest's heel. Though the priest was not harmed by the stone, the stone was dented. This is where the "Heel Stone" gets its name, also known as the "Friars Heel."

The tales are starting to become remarkably close to what we observe today. Now we have seen the most common myths about the Stonehenge, we will be studying the details of the markings found on the stones and the history of the land at the time of its beginning and ending. Join me next time to take a closer look.

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    • BeccaWood profile imageAUTHOR

      BeccaWood 

      7 years ago from Southaven, MS

      Thank you for pointing that out to me

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      ansonia 

      7 years ago

      Under "Dealing with the Devil", I think you have a typing error in the beginning of the second sentence. I think you meant to write "It starts off...."

      Interesting topic.

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