The remains of disappeared civilizations always attract people. Among the monuments of ancient history, along with the ancient pyramids, temples, fortresses and cities there are also the inconceivable stone constructions, called megaliths. Megaliths represent the different systems of constructions made of processed and unprocessed stones, sometimes of tremendous sizes. They are found in the regions where the civilization reclaimed itself long ago, and also in the places, where even yesterday people lived as a “primitive society”. The highly possible period of the northern megaliths could be the 7-1 thousand years B.C. As distinct from the upturned ancient cities, the discoveries of which have enriched our ideas of our ancestors’ lives, megaliths continue to keep their secrets.
All the attempts to relate megalithic sites to any given archaeological culture, and even the discoveries that show us the megalith-builders’ knowledge of astronomy, mathematics and physics, do not give a chance to reveal the main secrets of the megaliths. Why do these constructions scattered around the world often resemble each other? What tribes made them and for what purposes?
May they be the traces of legendary Hyperborea, hypothetic ancient continent situated in the north of the Earth, in the North Pole region and inhabited by once powerful civilization? Hyperborea is something that is situated in the far north, “behind the northern Boreas wind”, in Arctic. Still the existence of Hyperborea had no proof apart from ancient Greek legends and pictures of that piece of land on the old engravings, for instance the Gerardus Mercator’s map, published by his son Rudolf in 1595. On this map in the centre there is the legendary Hyperborea and around it – the coast of the Northern ocean with easily recognizable contemporary rivers and islands.
According to the legends, in this northern country high above the horizon there was a star which was pointed by the northern Earth axis. The Polar day and Polar night lasted for several months, they were divided by the dawn and sunset, the duration of which was about 30 days. Sometimes the darkness of the long night was interrupted by Northern lights. The climate was favourable there. Hyperboreans, the inhabitants of the ideal country, were especially loved by Apollo (there were his servants and votaries in Hyperborea). According to the schedule made in ancient times Apollo visited these lands every 19 years. Generally, Hyperboreans were close to gods. The life in happy Hyperborea along with devout prayers were filled with songs, dances, epulations and universal never-ending festivity. Death in Hyperborea came because of the tiredness and satiety of life.
The White Sea region is one of the most replete “megalithic” regions in the country. Megaliths here are represented by labyrinths, masonries and seids. The most famous are the following megalithic complexes:
- Kuzova islands (there are more than 500 seids, stone idols, “phallic stones” – menhirs on Russky Kuzov and Nemetsky Kuzov islands);
- Solovetsky archipelago (labyrinths, mounds, pyramids, dolmens, rosettes on Bolshoy Solovetsky, Bolshaya Muksalma, Bolshoy Zayatsky and Anzersky islands);
- The recently found megalithic assemblages on Bolshoy Zhuzhmuy and Bolshoy Robyak islands (seids, menhirs, stone circle).
Neolithic constructions founded no one knows by whom and when are discovered even nowadays. The mysteries of seids, menhirs, dolmens, labyrinths are far from solving. There is a variety of theories about the systemic connection of this stone construction with sacred earth. The researches draw hypotheses from myths. The amazing romantic British legend tells about the light that comes from the opening hills, that beckons accidental travelers to the country of Sidhes, that live under the ground since old times. Also there are numerous Irish legends about the people who were taken to the Land of the Everlasting Youth, where the time is slower than on the Earth. The legends about Sidhe are widely spread in other myths of the Northern European people.
We will never know what the mysterious northern tribe that left the stone heritage was. Only the legends about the dwarfish people who moved to live underground remain. Who are the “sirtya”, “boranday”, “chudes” or the Odin’s descendants – “Skolds”?
Nowadays it is impossible to identify the ethnic background of the megalith-builders. As well as to understand why megaliths are situated in the “places of force”. There is always some geological split, or hypocenter of the ancient earthquake, or radon breakthrough, or some interesting relief forms, in other words – the landscape elements, that has some specific features, distinctive of the surroundings. There is no doubt that these features were well-known to shamans and were used in magical rituals.
It is more likely that ancient people knew and understood the Earth, which allowed them to make the all-purpose megalithic complexes to effect human – it is possible to be healed from illnesses on definite days, on other days you can meditate, “broaden your conscience”, on some days you should not come or restrict your stay. Definitely, there was certain rhythm of the sanctuary usage – located in Arctic they could possibly change their features according to the season, Moon phases and other such factors.
It has possibly been a composite system of knowledge that was kept by shamans. Then saami people lost this knowledge, the remaining bits allowed them to establish a primitive cult, where some megaliths were forbidden to draw near (is it the throw-back of the knowledge about the rhythm of seids?), some megaliths were meant for sacrifices to get luck while hunting and to maintain health (the traces of knowledge about healing properties of megaliths?), it was forbidden to make noise near the megaliths (considering that unstable megaliths could be resonators of acoustic vibrations, infrasonic and supersonic, this ban is explainable: unwanted sounds could disturb the vibrations causing negative effects for the visitor).
Likewise nowadays with the help of special programs of “Binaural brain stimulation” and “stereophonic beats” you can manage the state of sleeping and waking. Making such a hypothesis, we can get the new mad idea that ancient people knew about the ability of human brain to radiate feeble electromagnetic waves.
Delta (0,5-4 Hz): Appear in the period of deep sleep, the trance state.
Theta (4-8 Hz): Appear while sleeping, promote sharpening of perception.
Alpha (8-12 Hz): Appear during the twilight between sleep and waking, promote sense of harmony. This diapason is used in fast language learning programs; here is the band that promotes “Schumann’s resonance” (Frequencies, that resonate with geomagnetic field).
Beta (12-30 Hz) : Appears in state of waking.
Gamma (30 Hz and higher): go side by side with idea of “Hyperconcience”, “Hyperreality”.
May be we deal with complexes that operate according to unknown principles capable of guiding human conscience with the help of acoustic vibrations? The available data make it possible to suggest that megalith-builders had wide knowledge of the Earth’s geological structure, its energy scale, the properties of quartzites and other stones, the peculiarities of the nature of the region and human’s mind.
What other questions these megaliths may ask and where the answers may lead us?
Source: V. Mizin, “Seid, the stone legend of Lapland”.