LEGENDS ABOUT THE STONEHENGE
Below are some of the really interesting myths and legends about Stonehenge. These legends are mainly sourced from the web and some reference books. We have summarize them in this page, hoping that they will provide reading pleasure to you. =)
SUN AND HER FOLLOWERS
In the past, people worshipped the sun and were able to communicate with it.
One day, a group of
followers wanted to build a temple to worship the sun. The sun directed them to
a small forest by the river where they could find wood. By the next day, they
managed to build a woodhenge. The sun was pleased.
some time, the sun got stronger. She found that the woodhenge was not good
enough and instructed them to find stones up north, to build a henge made of
Hence, the devotees
travelled to search for the sacred stones. After having found the stones, they
destroyed the woodhenge and constructed the Stonehenge.
The sun loved their
love for her. However, one day the sun discovered a long avenue of stones racing
to the river. Being puzzled, the sun questioned the stones, “Where are thou
heading to?” ( “Where are you heading to?”)
The stones then
replied that they hoped that they could help spread the sun’s good doings to
other parts of the world via water route. The Stonehenge was also built for this
purpose such that descendents could know the sun’s good deeds.
It was believed that
giants once existed, before human evolved.
day, the giants were dancing and circling around on the Salisbury Plain.
Suddenly, they were frozen and turned into stones. This explains why Stonehenge
consisted of concentric circle.
Many people believe this legend in the past because the shape of Stonehenge somewhat resembles the shape of giants holding hands, standing in a circle.
THE FACE IN THE STONE
This “face” in the stone is only obvious on certain days during the summer period. Some believed that he was the architect of the Stonehenge. He had “possessed” one of the stones to ensure that the stones would come to no harm.
are also known as the “stone gallows”, which marks the end of one’s life.
It is believed that the stonehenges are gateways to where human originally came
from as some believed that human return to the place they come from.
LEGEND OF THE HEEL STONE
powers have also been associated with Stonehenge. Many believed that the devil was the possible architect of
stones were originally owned by an old woman who lived in Ireland. Satan, the
devil, discovered them and wanted them for his own. Satan then dressed as a
gentleman and visited the old woman, asking if the stones were for sale.
Satan used his magic powers to transport the stones back to Salisbury Plain in
England, where the Stonehenge stand today.
in Salisbury, Satan set the stones up. He got egoistical, and bragged that no
one would be able to tell how many stones there were.
AND KING ARTHUR’S UNCLE
to legend, in 450 AD, there was a very bloody war on Salisbury Plain between the
British and the Saxons, who was the Hengest lead (an evil Saxon leader). The
Saxons massacred three hundred English soldiers and buried them on Salisbury
Aurelius Ambrosius, Arthur’s uncle, wanted to build a monument to the slain
soldiers. He enlisted the help of Merlin, who told him about an existing stone
circle in Ireland:
for the Giants’ Dance (a reference to the belief that the stones were
originally giants or even dancing people who were turned into stone for
celebrating on the Sabbath) which is on Mount Killaraus in Ireland.
that place there is a stone construction which no man of this period could ever
erect, unless he combined great skill and artistry. The stones are enormous, and
there is no one alive strong enough to move them. If they are placed in position
round this site, in the way they are put up over there, they will stand forever.
years ago the Giants transported them for the remotest confines of Africa and
set them up in Ireland at a time when they inhabited that country. Their plan
was that, whenever they felt ill, baths should be prepared at the foot of the
stones for they used to pour water over them and to run this water into baths in
which their sick were cured.”
King Aurelius and his brother (Arthur’s father) were buried at the center of