Newgrange - The Mysterious 5000 year old Irish Temple / Tomb
What is Newgrange?
Standing proudly in the heart of Ireland, Newgrange is older than the Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, yet not even nearly as famous. Proven to be one of the worlds few remaining passage tombs, or Ancient temples, it dates back over 5000 years. It is located in Central Ireland in an area known as Boyne Valley or Brú na Bóinne. And as amazing as this wonder is, it is not the only one. Read on to learn some of the magic that surrounds this mysterious sight and the wonderful Boyne valley.
"Monuments have been burnt, knocked to ruins, and cities destroyed."
The History of Newgrange
So who built this temple and what is so magic about it?
The Irish - The Island of Ireland, to us in the modern era, is simply called Ireland or Eire. Five sixths of the land mass is made up of the Republic of Ireland, a free and independent state, and One sixth of the Island is part of UK, and is named Northern Ireland. Throughout the centuries, and the millennia, the island has been invaded by numerous other nations, crusaders, tribes and cultures. For me, this is only relevant to show the strength of the Celtic culture and its strong existence to this day.
Nations have risen and nations have fallen. The Island has been conquered and seen countless wars. Monuments have been burnt, knocked to ruins, and cities destroyed. Yet somehow from the ashes, a unique culture always regains its strength.
Although the Celts are believed to be, all that is Irish, they too landed on this Island and settled, approximately 500 BC. Yet somehow, at least 2500 years before this, Newgrange, Dowth, Knowth, and many other tombs and temples were built. So who built Newgrange? We don't really know. Yes they were Irish, but history stretching back any further is twisted by myth. Celtic legends have records of epic battles between their forces and the Fomorians. These people were said to be the god like race which inhabited the island prior to the arrival of the Celts.
And that's not even where the mystery and magic begins. For Newgrange has a deeper meaning and is more of a magnificent feat than we could ever imagine. All of those 5000 years ago, Newgrange was constructed in such a way that it lines up with the sun, at exactly the brightest time of day on both the winter and summer solstice and when this happens, the entire interior of the tomb lights up for just a moment, as the sun shines down through a small crack above the entrance to the tomb. The thought that our ancient ancestors could build and engineer such a wonder, is just breath taking. The mound is 76 meters/ 250 feet across and 12 meters or 40 feet in height. In person, its simply fantastic.
It is hard to believe that people had the ability to build such wonders, even prior to the pyramids of Giza. Who were these Irish natives that built these wonders? These monuments, with beautiful craftsmanship and a corballed roofing system, have only recently been classified as ancient temples. Isn't it strange how other less significant structures are famous the world over, yet Newgrange continues to go unnoticed to the majority of the world.
The Art of Newgrange and Pictures of Knowth and Dowth
Who built these tombs?
We are led to believe, that the Irish are indeed Celts. And in some way, they are. However, the Celts are now proven to have spread to Ireland rather peacefully during the 5th to 6th century BC. This is where the confusion begins. Ireland has some of the oldest recordings of Kingship in the world far predating 1000 BC. Clearly these people were not Celts.
What we do know, is that there were many tribes present led by the Fir Bolg High Kings, Milesian High Kings and the infamous Tuatha De Danann. There are countless legends of these fierce cultures that I enjoyed as a child. When I researched, I found that the oldest of the high kings that landed in Ireland was named Sláine. He apparently landed in Wexford bay between 1500 BC to 2000 BC. The issue I have with this, again, is the fact that numerous huge and amazing structures were already present on the island at this time. These structures, including Newgrange, were not the work of barbarians, or small insignificant tribes. So again, who completed these works?
The more one researches, the further the history stretches back. Yet when you look at our history books on the cradle of civilization, The history of the occupants of this Island, seems to be not only left out, but sometimes purposefully avoided. This is a shame, and clearly the reason that so few people have heard of Newgrange, Dowth and Nowth, yet they have heard of Stonehenge and flock there by the million every year. Clearly as a result of an over hyped advertisement campaign.
One can't help but feel, that the lack of advertisement for Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, may not be a lack of effort. Maybe it is an attempt to protect these relics for future generations. Nonetheless, I would tell any history enthusiast to take a look, and if you are ever in the neighborhood, take a tour. These spiritual sites are something you will remember for a lifetime.
Another Article on Newgrange
- Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre - Newgrange and Knowth
The Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre includes an extensive exhibition including a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth.
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