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Arbor Low Earthwork[750 x 422 jpg]
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|Description ||An earthwork avenue running south-south-west from the bank of the Arbor Low henge leads most of the way across the field to the Gib Hill barrow, suggesting that the two were perhaps once linked. The grassy mound itself is sometimes known as the ‘serpent’ and may have been constructed at the same time as bank of Arbor Low, although some believe it could be nothing more than a field boundary.|
|The idea of the serpent being involved in a stone circle is widespread as far as I can see. Does anybody out there have any ideas why? Was the serpent seen as the sun and therefore immortal back then? The serpent is often symbolic of immortality, as is the sun, and the sun is linked closely to the serpent in many cultures, including Egyptian, Mesoptamian etc. If anybody has any input I would be glad to here it, as I am currently writing a book on the subject for a major publishers. Many thanks. Philip Gardiner - Author of The Shning Ones|
My understanding is that the serpent represents the spiral (eg: coiled) nature of the flow of energy present at many ancient sites. Images of the slaying of serpents (like dragons) can be found on many early Christian carvings, indicating the conquering of the ancient power by Christianity. The serpent image is also linked with 'knowledge' and 'healing' - it is still used (entwined around a dagger) as the symbol for medical professions. In the bible the serpent held the key to all knowledge. The serpent eating it's own tail is also a common image related to immortality. I haven't come across it being symbolic of the sun?|
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