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Old 07-10-2003, 02:45 PM   #1
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Stonehenge Depicts Female Genitalia

Tue July 08, 2003 03:37 PM ET

By Amran Abocar
TORONTO (Reuters) - Stonehenge is a massive fertility symbol, according to Canadian researchers who believe they have finally cracked the mystery of the ancient monument in southern England.

In the arrangement of the stones, the researchers say they have spotted the original design: female genitalia.

The theory is laid out in a paper entitled "Stonehenge: a view from medicine" in the July issue of Britain's Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

"To the builders of the henge, the most critical events in life were birth and death," Anthony Perks, a retired professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia, wrote in the paper.

He noted there was no evidence of tombs built by the original builders.

"Of birth, we could expect little evidence. However, evidence may be there but so large as to be overlooked."

Viewed from above, Perks suggests Stonehenge's inner bluestone circle represents the labia minora and the giant outer sarsen stone circle is the labia majora. The altar stone is the clitoris and the open center is the birth canal.

"Could the outer avenue of Stonehenge...represent the way by which new life entered?" the article wondered, adding that when comparing "the layout of the henge with the anatomy of the human vulva. There is a distinct similarity."

Perks, who is traveling in England, could not be reached for comment.

The mysterious ancient monument on Salisbury Plain is recognized around the world for its circle of standing stones.

Perks said the ancient sacrificed child found at nearby Woodhenge bolsters his theory and said an excavation at Stonehenge could produce a similar find.

"In ancient societies, ideas of a dominant creator, a Mother or Earth Goddess, were widespread," Perks wrote. "If ideas of Earth Mother originated with, or were shared by, the people of the henge, Stonehenge could represent, symbolically, the opening by which Earth Mother gave birth to the plants and animals on which the ancient people so depended.

"The henge would honor her for giving them both life and livelihood."

Scholars say Stonehenge, a World Heritage site, was built between 3000 and 1600 BC. Theories for why it was built range from a temple, an astronomy site, and a variety of spiritual and temporal purposes.

For a time during the Bronze Age, 2000 BC to 800 BC, Stonehenge was used for ceremonial burials of local chieftains.
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Now THERE's a definitely different explanation for it...
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I remember reading stonehenge was laid out, or alligned so that the sun would hit it just right.
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Are all of these researchers guys? Because it's usually guys who are obsessed with finding ways to mention the naughty bits of ladies any way they can.
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It makes sense, considering anthropological theories about matriarchal tribal society, due to the "mysticism" surrounding a female's ability to give birth and create new life, in their minds.

However, in this same society, heterosexual men were at the bottom of the food chain, and it thought that, at some point, men revolted and overthrew it, and, to ensure its permanence, created series of myths that denigrated women and exulted men. With their death, the myths would be taught to future generations as "Truth."

Up until the last century, it was believed that men were the creators of life, and women were only the incubator. Science has proven, after all, that neither is better than the other; it takes two.

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Now I have that stupid song in my head.

It takes twooo, baby
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It makes sense, considering anthropological theories about matriarchal tribal society, due to the "mysticism" surrounding a female's ability to give birth and create new life, in their minds.

However, in this same society, heterosexual men were at the bottom of the food chain, and it thought that, at some point, men revolted and overthrew it, and, to ensure its permanence, created series of myths that denigrated women and exulted men. With their death, the myths would be taught to future generations as "Truth."

Up until the last century, it was believed that men were the creators of life, and women were only the incubator. Science has proven, after all, that neither is better than the other; it takes two.

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