Origins of Paganism Depicted: Newgrange Kerbstone Symbols Explain Propagation Afterlife Theory of Neolithic Britons
Seeds were paramount to the first farmers of the British Isles.The symbols on the Newgrange Kerbstone K52, a Neolithic tomb in Ireland, reveal how important they were. The same symbol is used for seeds and the dead within the tomb: small holes dug into the stone. These holes represent simply how a seed is planted. Through metaphor, their art tells the story of who those seeds would grow to be, and how far the crops would spread.
Newgrange Kerbstone K52 Interpretation:
"Here are those who leave us, as seeds harvested after seasons in these fields. They leave this place (this star), crossing over the path at Solstice to begin new seasons in their new places (stars) seen in the night skies. WE ARE LIKE SEEDS BURIED, and will live on, flourishing and multiplying in the new places forever."
The dead are buried like seeds planted: Longbarrow burial (in rows) and Henge burials (planted mounds). These crops too, begin their new season at Solstice.
Without contemporary knowledge of the solar system, they could only understand stars by comparing them to something familiar. Stars would have looked like thousands of distant fires to them. They were evidence of life.
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