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From: Geoff <>
Subject: Bru na Boinne
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 14:23:34 -0500
A few comments on the Newgrange thingy 8^)
>> But do know it is a very
>> difficult place to get into (entrance is limited and there is a backlog > of people signed up waiting).
Agreed. There is generally no problem getting into Newgrange. Except
as Linda pointed out, at Winter Solstice.
>This isn't really true unless you want to enter on Dec 21. Then
>the rising sunbeam shines in through a portal above the entrance
>and illuminates the maine "altar" (we do not know what it really
>was for). That's booked into the next century.
Well, I thot that for the craek I'd tell what I wuz told re the Bru na
Now there are probably those on this list more qualified to talk about
this...all I speak for is by way of experience and what I was told when
I visited in 1990. oh...btw if anyone wants pics, I can scan them and
send you them. I also have some of Tara hill, etc, etc.
Back to the explanation I was given. The floor of the tomb rises from
the entrance to the centre. The roof is of a cobbled stone design, one
stone laid on top of the other in an ever rising circle... a bit eiry
(spelling hehe). it is also a tight squeeze (for some) and when you see
those little pieces of wood that are meant to hold the corridor from
The tomb was the burial place of only 6 people, who seem to have been
the nobles of the day. One thot is that when the light penetrates the
tomb that the people were calling upon the collective wisdom (noodle) of
these great leaders to guide them through the coming year. The other
feeling re the lightbox is that it was regarding the fertility goddess.
Now Boinne (spelling!) (from which the name Boyne comes) was the name of
the goddess. (Was she wife of the High King???) I may be wrong on her
being the fertility goddess, i can't remember, but anyway, I think that
most of us understand the fertility principle 8^) anyway, as the light
would penetrate the earth via the lightbox, hitting the floor in the
centre of the floor, this would give life to the earth.
Good for a yarn, anyway! One thing is sure...as Linda said, the Boyne
valley is an absolute minefield of archeological and historical finds!
btw I might even a bit of video here (in PAL system only sorry!) of New
Grange (outside and inside!) Of course, folks could always get it
transferred in to NTSC. I'm sure that SOMEONE must have produced an
NTSC video on it?
Bit of a query attached too....does anyone have the Riverdance video in
the American system?? I have the PAL version but I'd love to get hold of
an American copy to show friends...
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