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Thursday, September 9, 2010

How the Mounds Got So Big

A Continuation from previous blogs about Glastonbury.

As a child, like most children, I loved to play in dirt and probably ate a good amount of it in the process. And I distinctly remember piling dirt on top of dirt, making a huge pile of nothingness and I was happy. Little did I know at the time that I was just acting out an ancestral peculiarity. Our ancestors made mounds, some very colossal ones. While touring in Wiltshire, UK, we stopped for a short time at Silbury Hill. It is one of largest man-made mounds in Europe.

Archaeologists, scientist and other investigators don’t know the purpose of Silbury Hill. At one time they thought that it was a massive burial tomb, but after digging channels into the hill, they couldn’t find any human remains.

There are quite a few of these mounds in the United States that date back to prehistoric times. The Great Serpent Mound in Ohio is 1300 feet in length and at the serpent’s head it appears to be swallowing an egg or an oval shaped object.  Also on the day of the summer solstice, the serpent’s head is aligned to the sunset. Like Silbury it is a place of power and healing.

I have my own theory about the purpose of  mounds. It’s nothing scientific or historical. I think the people created the mounds to remind them to stay in alignment with the Earth. Maybe it was all about something as simple as play. Getting your hands into the dirt and becoming one with it. So, when things got tough or hard, they could look up at these massive hills and say, “Aha, let’s play in the dirt.” They were children again and the Creator was the Father/Mother God. Knowing and believing that the Creator would take care of them. So more dirt would be piled onto the hill and happiness was restored throughout the land. And that’s how the mounds got to be so big.

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