Newgrange - Temple to Life
Chris O'Callaghan in his book
- Temple to Life puts
forward the case that the passage tomb description of Newgrange is
incorrect. Chris states "I propose that the commonly coined 'passage
grave / burial tomb' description seriously misrepresents what the leaders,
astronomers, architects, engineers, artists, builders, as well as the
hundreds of workers, achieved on the Newgrange ridge over 5,000 years ago:
a fusion of belief, astronomy, engineering and logistics that works as
efficiently today as when declared open for business over 5,000 years
Newgrange - Temple of Life on Google Books.
||Chris argues that the
Sun Window provides the key for the reason for building the
Newgrange monument. The brilliant design guarantees the solar
invasion of the 24 metre long passage and end chamber at dawn, for
six days on either side of 21st December Winter
Solstice. Each early morning penetration lasts for a maximum of
17 minutes, softly bathing the end chamber and the stone offering
basins within the 3 alcoves with an ethereal light.
Very few human remains were found inside Newgrange, Chris suggests that
wild animals could have brought body parts into the mound which could
account for the fragments found. None of the usual burial goods were
found, no pottery receptacles, no art or decorations suggesting death, sacrifice or burial.
Chris believes that Newgrange was constructed to celebrate the union of
the Sun God with Mother Earth. The carefully constructed Sun Window
allowing the Sun God to penetrate the passage of the mound (representing
Mother Earth) reaching deep into the chamber (representing the womb).
"When you visit Newgrange, you too may realise that you are entering
the manifestation of one of the world's most ambitious concepts - the
marriage between the all-powerful Sun, without which life in any form
would be impossible, and our Earth Mother, herself the generous provider
of all the gifts that we can ever require".