Newgrange is reputed to be one of many oldest man-made buildings on earth, out-dating the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge by as a lot as 1,500 years. The Beaker Individuals who constructed it weren’t solely intelligent architects, in addition they had been expert astronomers. They designed Newgrange with a tiny window field that solely let in daylight for a couple of minutes through the winter solstice, December 19 – 23, the shortest days of the 12 months.
I first realized about Newgrange from the late Irish folksinger Tommy Makem, who I used to be lucky to interview in 1997. Greater than the baritone voice of The Irish Rovers, Makem was additionally a poet and creator. I spoke with him about his e-book Tommy Makem’s Secret Eire wherein he wrote about his obsession with Newgrange.
Identified in Gaelic as Brugh Na Boinne, the ceremonial web site, he believed, was not for burials, however somewhat for spiritual rites. He mentioned that historical manuscripts instructed of a ceremony the place initiates would go into Newgrange, quick for 3 nights in complete darkness, after which emerge into the sunshine.
“I keep in mind very clearly the primary time I visited Newgrange,” Makem wrote. “As I walked, or somewhat floated, up the lengthy passageway between the tall, carved stones … the hairs on the again of my neck started to rise and tingle.”
You Are Invited to Discover Newgrange in Particular person
We have now areas open in our “Enchanted Eire” tour September 6 – 15, 2022, so you might be a part of the small group that shall be experiencing the magical stones of Newgrange for your self.
This “Non secular Journey Journey within the Land of the Faery Religion” additionally consists of these highlights…
- Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry
- The eleventh century monastery and beehive huts of Skellkig Michael
- St Brigid’s Holy Effectively and St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare
- A Druid celebration at Grange stone circle
- The Rock of Cashel, and way more!