Bachwen, Gwynedd, from the north.

Bachwen, Gwynedd, from the north.

This, then, would be the site for our dolmen of possibility, a place where the stream, through emergence, confluence, or radical change in direction already provided an entrance to the underworld, a world from where it and all other streams issued. This would be a site already sacred, where the dead could be consulted, a place where no one lived, a natural position to begin to separate the other parts of the cosmos.

The capstone, as sky, would be raised high on the points of uprights, as mountains, rising from a rocky cairn, or plateau. Their arrangement, varying slightly, depending on the local version of the cosmology, as in the Near East, would leave a chamber inside, with entrance or exit barred, as Gilgamesh found, by a gate stone. Viewed from the front of the dolmen, the blue sky would seem to rise upwards, from behind and above, to meet the stone sky at the point where the mountains supported it. Then this portion would, in turn, gradually slope downwards, like the curve of the firmament, until it reached the other horizon to the west. The abode of the setting sun.    



Dolmen of Possibility

Dolmen of Possibility


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