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Anthropological research on Paganism

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Hello, I was wondering if I could conduct some Anthropological research for my undergraduate degree in Anthropology.

I would like to ask how people on here feel about the monument Stonehenge and its importance to the Pagan faith and would consider going there for religious reasons to celebrate any events such as the summer or winter solstices. 

Any replies would be greatly appreciated. 

thank you! 

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I'm always careful about research taken from the Valley but have no objection to you using my contribution.  Presumably you have cleared this with Deebs.

My thoughts won't be a lot of use I'm afraid.

I'm Pagan and a somewhat unconventional Druid. 

Never been to Stonehenge even when my daughter [an engineering geologist] was working there recently and I had free access.

Wouldn't go there but I've been to many circles.  I'm more affected by rings of hills than I am by rings of monoliths if that isn't a contradiction of terms 🙂.

We have no real idea why it was built.

Druids may have used it,why  wouldn't they?   It was there long before they were.  They didn't build it.

It does not contribute to my Druidic beliefs.  I don't have a faith.

On the other hand I regard it as an incredible monument to the vision and concerted effort of which our species is capable.  If we can build Stonehenge with antler picks and honeysuckle ropes [conjecture based upon the construction of wooden henges] then the stars are well within our reach.

Hope that helps and that other members will give you more belief-centric ideas.

Good luck with your studies.  It would be good to know how you got on.

Best regards,


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On 3/10/2019 at 6:28 PM, Flick said:

Hello, I was wondering if I could conduct some Anthropological research for my undergraduate degree in Anthropology.

I would like to ask how people on here feel about the monument Stonehenge and its importance to the Pagan faith and would consider going there for religious reasons to celebrate any events such as the summer or winter solstices. 

Any replies would be greatly appreciated. 

thank you! 

Hi , interesting research area!  Firstly there are many and varied pagan faiths and practices and most pagans will probably say that they can speak only for their own take in the path they have chosen.

I have visited Stonehenge on the summer solstice a few years back and several years after I began to identify as a pagan ( I have had Pagan elements to my spirituality for as long as I can remember however, including visiting megalithic sites since my teens).

While my visit to Stonehenge was without any specific beliefs attached to the monent it was also open ended and remains a vivid experience - the presence and energy of the architecture, perceiving the monument as part of the earth. The views (Scots Gaelic: seallaidhean) of it given to us and all those who have visited this site over thousands of years by the truly inspired scientists and builders of these ancient lands. What an amazing gift! 

Makes me wonder whether we will leave anything a. as physically enduring and b. anywhere near as inspiring.

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To weigh in on this for the purpose of confirming that the meaning of Stonehenge is highly variable, to me it is:

  1. A collection of stones of antiquarian and archaeological interest;
  2. Far too expensive;
  3. Set in some decent countryside;
  4. Of no spiritual significance whatsoever.

But then, why would it be of such significance to me?  I am aware of no connection to the Hellenic world.

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I've been to Stonehenge and I love.  The age of the stones and the superhuman effort that must have gone into creating the site fascinates me.

However, from a pagan perspective they have no significance at all for me.  Possibly because I'm a Heathen and there's not link between Heathenism and Stonehenge as such.  But as a testament to human endeavour it's stupendous.

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