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Re: Contemporary natural shrines upon the landscape.
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GLADMAN wrote:
drewbhoy wrote:
Don't know about down your way but I find it quite strange that lots of 'modern' cairns e.g. those built with stones and cement seem to appear on hills quite a lot up here, especially those dedicated to landowners and various lords and ladies in the 1800's onwards. Some of these people probably deserve their memorial but others are probably guilty of destroying circles and cairns etc., so somewhat ironic to have a cairn built to remember them.

No hills down my way to put cairns on, Mr D. Not that you'd call hills, anyway. I mean, you Scots call The Cuillin 'hills', do you not? Guess the Essex equivalent are little roadside shrines to traffic accidents.

I guess what these cairnfields seem to have in common is easy access... and a fantastic view. So why the latter? What's the connection between remembering a loved one and doing so whilst looking at a fabulous view? Why the linkage to nature at its most glorious? Very pagan, is it not? To me there does seem to be a definite echo in these contemporary actions of Bronze Age people placing their cairns in such glorious locations

Re the view...I think it quite natural that if you have visited a fantastic vista with a cherished friend/loved one then whenever you return to the same spot you think of them once they have passed on. Maybe you even return just for that experience alone in which case a small 'empty' cairn is your little piece of them. And of course their ashes may be there so not such an empty cairn after all.

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Posted by Sanctuary
2nd July 2012ce

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