Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Vagina Monoliths - On Dr. Anthony Perks' Theory That Stonehenge Was A Symbolic Vulva Of An Earth Goddess aka Mother Goddess

The Internet Archive's WayBack Machine is a fickle thing but it has managed to preserve the index page of my 'The Vagina Monoliths' eclipsology website presenting my take on Dr. Anthony Perks' theory that Stonehenge was a symbolic vulva of an Earth Goddess aka Mother Goddess for now. . . Catch it while you can. I will reproduce as much of it as possible in this and other blog posts here -

The introduction - Dr. Anthony Perks' new Stonehenge theory has not been presented very well in the international media. Second rate journalism has misrepresented what Dr. Perks actually claimed in his academic paper that was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. This web site is intended to provide truthful and accurate up-to-date information about Dr. Perks' theory that Stonehenge was designed to symbolically represent the vulva of an ancient pagan "Earth Goddess". I also will be providing my own commentary and analysis of Dr. Perks' Stonehenge theory which will show how his symbolic vulva theory works very well in synthesis with the existing scientific astronomical theories that Stonehenge was aligned with the summer solstice sunrise and other important astronomical alignments. In particular I will demonstrate how the modern astronomical theories of Gerald S. Hawkins, Sir Fred Hoyle, and Alexander Thom that Stonehenge was designed to observe and record the celestial motions of both the sun and the moon in a prehistoric effort to predict the future occurrence of lunar eclipses, and possibly even solar eclipses, synthesize remarkably well with Dr. Anthony Perks' intriguing new theory that Stonehenge was also intended to symbolically represents the birthing vagina of an ancient "Mother Goddess" when viewed from the heavens by a solar "Sky Father".

The first page - It should be clearly understood that Dr. Anthony Perks is not claiming that, when it is viewed from high in the sky, Stonehenge graphically resembles a human vagina much like some pornographic "flower shot" that one might see within the folds of Penthouse magazine. Many misinformed people apparently believe this however, probably due to the shoddy journalism in some of the news reports about Dr. Perks' Stonehenge theory. What Dr. Perks is actually proposing in his intriguing new Stonehenge theory is that Stonehenge, at least in the later stages of its "evolution", was designed by its ancient architects to symbolically "represent" the female sexual organs of the vulva; including the labia majora and minora, the clitoris, and the opening of the birth canal, when viewed by the "Eyes of Heaven" of their sky-dwelling gods. This prehistoric symbolic representation of the human vulva would be created in a manner that is pretty much analogous to an *** anatomical drawing *** of the vagina or a *** diagram of the vulva. *** This becomes abundantly evident from what Dr. Anthony Perks actually says in his controversial paper titled 'Stonehenge: a view from Medicine' which was published as a short article in the February 2003 issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

I will extensively quote Dr. Anthony Perks own words, as they are actually presented in his fairly short article, in the hope that such extensive quoting will lead to a better understanding of his quite misunderstood Stonehenge Theory. Extensive quoting should also clear up the various misconceptions about it, and help to "debunk" some of the misleading misinformation that has been used by "expert" archaeologists to try to publicly discredit Dr. Perks Stonehenge theory.

On page 95 of the JRSM article Dr. Perks says -

"Figure 3 compares the layout of the henge with the anatomy of the human vulva. There is a distinct similarity. Normally the anatomical structures would be more elliptical, or egg-shaped-forms found in many stone circles at other sites; indeed, in Stonehenge, the layout of the inner trilithons is more elongated than a true circle, and as suggested by Alexander Thom, almost an ellipse. However, towards birth the structures around the opening of the birth canal would become enlarged, and with the bearing down of the baby's head, more circular, like the outer ring of Stonehenge."

Please note that the diagram of the aerial view of Stonehenge and the anatomical diagram of the human vulva that are linked to above are not the simpler diagrams that are actually shown in Fig. 3 of Dr. Perks' article and they are not correctly oriented to the same alignment. These two diagrams serve only to illustrate that what Dr. Perks thesis is proposing is "a distinct similarity" or "analogy" between the "layout" and "structure" of Stonehenge, as it might be viewed from high in the sky by an ancient "sky god", and the "layout" and "structure" of the human vulva; most particularly as it would appear during childbirth to an ancient British midwife or a curious husband.

I will happily display the actual simple diagrams from the JRSM article but I wish to obtain Dr. Perks' permission before posting scans of them here. These simple diagrams are of course available for viewing on the internet in the Adobe Acrobat file of Dr. Perks' original short article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine - 'Stonehenge: a view from Medicine'

Dr. Anthony Perks goes on to say - "Although other analogies are possible, the labia majora could be represented by the outer stone circle, and possibly the outer mound; the labia minora by the inner circle of trilithons; the clitoris by the altar stone (which probably stood upright), while the empty geometric centre of the henge would be the birth canal, perhaps outlined by the bluestones. The birth canal analogy would account for the absence of any monolith at the geometric centre of the henge, despite the way in which one's attention is drawn there: the central area is empty because it represents the opening to the world, the birth canal. This notion is supported by the remarkable find at nearby Woodhenge; the body of a sacrificial child was discovered buried at the centre of the circles. Clearly we are approaching the concept of Earth Mother."

Original picture caption - According to Dr. Anthony Perks' new theory that Stonehenge symbolically represents a vulva at childbirth when viewed from the sky; the Altar stone represents the clitoris. The U-shaped "Horseshoe" formed by the bluestone trilithons represents the labia minora and the outlines the vaginal opening of the symbolic Stonehenge birth canal. The outer circle of trilithons, and possibly the outer bank or mound, represents the labia majora.

The sacrificial child that was discovered buried at the centre of the circles of Woodhenge is indeed solid circumstantial evidence that does lend at least a modest amount of support to Dr. Perks' Stonehenge theory. I intend to present considerably more circumstantial evidence that should serve to lend further support to Dr. Perks' theory as this "web sight" evolves over the coming days, weeks, and months. My own area of knowledge and expertise is how eclipses, especially total eclipses of the sun, profoundly influenced ancient humanity's religious beliefs and practices. Lunar eclipses also had a far more significant influence on humanity's religious beliefs and practices than most people realize, in fact one of the ways that lunar eclipses may well have influenced ancient humanity's religious beliefs and practices might well be responsible for the fact that we modern human beings usually get a day or two of rest at the end of each week thanks to the ancient concept of the Sabbath which may have been originally inspired by total lunar eclipse phenomena. Not bad eh?

My extensive research into this genuinely fascinating area of anthropology and archaeoastronomy etc. has provided me with considerable knowledge and understanding of ancient religious beliefs and practices which allows me to not only recognize that there is a very real possibility that Dr. Perks' Stonehenge theory is quite valid, and certainly should not be gratuitously dismissed by members of the scientific and academic community, but which also allows me to offer significant further insights into this proposal and provide valid alternative perspectives that should serve to "flesh out" Dr. Perks' theory and ultimately to put together more of the many pieces of the anthropological "jigsaw puzzle" that provides us with the "Big Picture".

I will post the second page and other material in separate blog posts here.

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