A Microsoft Word reminder has popped up to say that I should have finished The Bronze Age today. But I've been wondering Robinsonner fashion, trying to think where to go next for The Iron Age....
Well the sun is shining, the sky is so beautiful.
Where to go?
Glastonbury- the glass castle, or the temple of Nodens at Lydney...?
Someone left a comment on one of my Sanctuary blog posts concerning the burial there. My poster said that the pelvis was female, whilst the other bones were male...because it was a composite body, that is to say more than one mummified and stitched together bodies.
If it was a mummy, then who ever was buried at The Sanctuary would not have died there. Possibly the same can be said for the little girl at Woodhenge, and the young man in the ditch.
Unfortunatly the body did not look like a 'corpse bundle' - its legs drawn up very close to its chest- which is the way other's have appeared. Nor has it been DNA tasted. So there is no way to know for sure if it was one or more person!
Obviously, what ever was going on here four thousand years ago had nothing at all to do with the abduction aspect of the Persephone myth.
Nor would the corpses be entirely within her realm (as queen of the dead).
Preserved bodies exist in both realms at one and the same time. They can be asked to intercede with the underground forces, their preservation is often taken as a sign of special power. The choten (stupa) in Tibetan shrines rooms is empowered by the ashes of a cremated lama (most will be empty) an object the Pythagoreans would recognise, made up of the four elements (rectangle, circle, triangle, oval) topped by aethyr.
A few high lamas are preserved.
The core idea is that a purified individual does not decay, and the physical form resonates with their psychic form- so the conceit is that the lama is too good to rot and that by being in his presence, his goodness shines through to you.
Pythagoras would have understood...In esoteric Buddhism, all material and non-material phenomenon, everything that happens, is an emanation of the Buddha. All you need to do it to change the way you see things...as if what you were seeing was an image on the cave wall, so just turn around and walk into the light!
The Persephone myth does have an Orphic (Pythagorean) interpretation. I don't feel strong enough to bring myself to think about it yet.I find the subject of the quest for eternal life (or enlightenment) trying.
But the people who originally dug up the bodies in rings and barrows in Britain, had been brought up with Greek myth. This didn't get in the way of their research or evidence, it just informed the way the findings were described.
Aubrey Burl simply reported what Maud Cunnington had said about the child at Woodhenge.
Ronald Hutton repeats it.
In this way Stonehenge may have been reinterpreted as a midsummer site, when really it was made to function properly during the midwinter.
Does it matter?