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What do Stonehenge and Japanese stone circles have in common?


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Thousands of years ago—and thousands of miles apart—the people of what are now Britain and Japan both created elaborate stone circles set up to interact with the solstices and to house remains of the dead.

A new exhibition at Stonehenge highlights compelling parallels between English and Japanese cultures during the Neolithic and Jōmon eras. Though they never interacted with each other, the two cultures seemed to have shared a lot in common—from stone circles to elaborate pottery to rituals connected to the sun.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parallels-between-stonehenge-and-japanese-jomon-era-stone-circles-180980869/

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What do Stonehenge and Japanese stone circles have in common? Nothing, except that they were constructed by people, and people the world over are essentially the same, having always had the same basic interests, especially a fascination with the skies and a desire to leave something permanent behind them. 

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20 hours ago, Tatetopa said:

Motion of the sun, moon, and stars might be ideally tracked by a circle? 

I think it started with a stick stuck in the ground, and noting the tip of its shadows the sun casts during the day:

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53 minutes ago, Abramelin said:

I think it started with a stick stuck in the ground, and noting the tip of its shadows the sun casts during the day:

shadow2.thumb.jpg.19c2122b485adde2106953891952b386.jpg

A reasonable way to start.  Then maybe one adds some markers for tracking the sunrise and sunset over the course of a year.  Planets being "wanderers"  maybe some bright stars at night get marked  too for calendrical purpose, and planets for their own unique role in ritual life?

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