The Epiphany Season
This latest discovery at Stonhenge (namely, that it had a wooden counterpart) made me think of the stand-up comedy of Eddie Izzard.
Izzard briefly imagines three "henges", each constructed by a pig:
Sometimes life imitates art, but here, "art" -- if you can call comedy that, and I think you can, sometimes -- was imitating life that it didn't even know about.
Sometimes the ridiculous can become real; the absurd, actualized.
Nothing is more far-fetched than sentient porcines building housing out of materials of various durability, and yet, we find something in that narrative that resonates with us.
An increasing quest for permanence leads the pigs to gather in the stone house. That's really a spiritual message if you think about it. Community, durability.
I am, of course, shying away from scape-
goatingwolfing as a community-building exercise.
Like the pigs, Neolithic humans also enacted a journey, though theirs was of a more metaphorical/liturgical variety: a "Good Friday" sunset seen through wood (the cross), and an "Easter" sunrise through stone (the open tomb).
It looks this community on Salisbury plain had developed liturgical impulses similar to our own around 2000 years before Jesus was born.
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