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Re: Circles under churches
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Yes, I think we're in broad agreement; just a couple of points if I may -

Although sarsen is indeed very hard it didn't stop the Avebury wreckers from breaking it up, dressing it and using it as a convenient source of building material for half the houses in Avebury village.

'The gods of the old are the demons of the new' is not always the case; certainly the old gods of the Bon religion in Tibet, and those of Hinduism and Shinto were all to find a venerable place within the Buddhist pantheon. Granted the monotheistic religions were/are not so accommodating but perhaps the older deities, or at least the layers of belief that inspired them, were not completely excluded.

I need to do more research on all this (but after I get back from the pub :-)

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Posted by Littlestone
20th August 2005ce

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