Re: Newgrange is a place of worship
- Hi All,
Seasonal best wishes to you all and great blessings on all you and yours do
in the coming year.
Here's a link with more information
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recent_history_of_Stonehenge but I would also
suggest that you may wish to run a campaign which makes the payment
'optional'. This works well in many places where they actually raise just as
much funding from voluntary donations as they would from forced payment.
It always helps your cause if you offer viable and workable alternatives
rather than just jumping in with a "I don't like that and won't do it"
Although the Stonehenge access was over a different issue they secured
access by taking it to the European court of Human Rights. As often happens
the day after I received this message there was a TV programme on which
briefly covered the issue, you may be able to find it on-line somewhere with
a bit of searching, if so it was "Britains greatest views" with Vic Reeves
choice being the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.
If you need any help with taking any of this forward please don't hesitate
to get in touch.
2008/12/30 Ellen E Hopman <saille333@...>
> <<To me Newgrange is a place of worship for those of us who believe in the--
> old religion and a place of pilgrimage where we can pay respect to our
> ancestors and celebrate all aspects of creation and nature. To be told I
> have to pay to visit my places of worship, and under state conditions
> designed to facilitate tourism and a profit making venture for the OPW is a
> utter disgrace. This is suppression of my culture, my traditions and my
> religious beliefs. >>
> Tomas, a chara:
> This is precisely the battle that the English Druids fought for free access
> to Stonehenge at the Solstice. The result was 'The Battle of the Beanfield"
> and other confrontations until Pagans won the right of free entry on a holy
> day. You might wish to liaise with English Druids (I have cc'd a few on this
> message) for advice and to to see how they did it. There is also access to
> Stonehenge for rituals before it opens and after it closes (I have now done
> full Druid rites four times inside the stones, at dawn and at dusk). You
> just have to book 6 months ahead with English Heritage. I don't know if this
> arrangement happened because of pressure from Pagans, or not.
> Please let us know what you find out!
> slan leat
> Ellen Evert Hopman, author of "Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey"
> "A Druids Herbal - Of Sacred Tree Medicine", "Walking the World in Wonder -
> A Children's Herbal"
> and other volumes http://www.celticheritage.co.uk/EllenEvertHopman/
> Visit the Virtual Shrine of Brighid ~
> 'The Order of the White Oak' - World Druid Council
> Ord na Darach Gile - Comhairle Domhanda na nDraoí
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