Stonehenge

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Stonehenge


Stonehenge, one of the great Seven Wonders of the World, but what do we really know about
it. What was its purpose, how was it built and by whom. Many different answers come up
when asking the question "What was the purpose of Stonehenge", some say that it was a
horrid place, which the Druids used for religious sacrifice, but most others have a more
positive idea. A temple of the sun, a Pagan Cathedral, or a holy sanctuary in the midst of
blessed ground, or maybe a clock or even a place to Predict Eclipses. No one really knows
what it was used for; this is due to a great number of facts surrounding all of these
ideas. Many ideas come up when talking about why this great structure was built along with
an equal amount on who built it. The Druids is the most common response because the Druids
inhabited most of the area in which Stonehenge is built. The Pagans are another common
answer to this age old question because of the building structure of Stonehenge how it
resembles a Pagan Cathedral. Whoever built Stonehenge, they were an extremely advanced
society either on purpose or by complete fluke. Many say that because of Stonehenge’s
exact solar and lunar alignment. That is was the most common thought is that it was built
to predict eclipses for worshiping. The following essay is going to state the facts and
myths about the great Stonehenge. By the end of this essay, hopefully a solid conclusion
will be found to be the most plausible answer for Stonehenges construction.


The moon, it has been a sight for all over time. Back long ago little was none of the
reasons for an eclipses, it was thought to be a sing from the gods. In a society which
worshiped gods for all the mysteries of the world, the eclipse must have been very
special. The builders of Stonehenge must have been marveled at the sight of this holy
event, which happened every four years. Most likely the great Stonehenge was built to be a
prediction device for the eclipse. Many people have studied Stonehenge and many have found
that the stones are mathematically placed to show when and eclipse might occur. "In favor
of this solution - that the Aubrey holes were used as a computer are these facts: the
number 56 is the smallest number that measures the swing of the moon with an over-all
accuracy of better than 3 days, and lunar cycles provide the only method of long-range
eclipse prediction related to the seasons of the year."


So taking in to account that Stonehenge could predict eclipses another thought is that it
was just used for predicting the full moon. The full moon meant new life, so perhaps they
used Stonehenge for ceremonies to worship new life. Seasons changed, and the people of
British Isles had no idea why all of a sudden the weather would begin to change and the
day’s length increase or decrease. That is why experts say that it was used to predict the
winter and summer solstice and the spring and fall equinox. " The earth moves around the
sun in an orbit that is nearly a circle, and the axis of rotation of the earth maintains
an effectively fixed direction. The orientation of the sun to the two hemispheres of the
Earth changes during the year, and this change causes the seasons."

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