Sir, The effort to cast some light on the question of some of the original purposes of Newgrange and other megalithic structures, which we constructed as least three thousand years before the coming of Christ is no easy task.
These people had a different spiritual viewpoint than we do today. Our earliest reference to pre-Christian beliefs is to be found in St. Patrick's "Confession" where he states. "The splendour of the material sun, which rises every day at the bidding of God, will pass away, and those who worship it will go into dire punishment. The true sun, Christ whom we, Christians, worship shall endure forever, and those who do His will shall abide with Him forever.
Here, as Thomas F. O'Rahilly states in his 'Early Irish History and Mythology' is evidence of an unimpeachable authority that the worship of the sun was a prominent feature in the pre-Christian religion in fifth-century Ireland.
This would indicate that traditionally our ancestors used the sun as a spiritual medium, and the megaliths, especially Newgrange, and Knowth, may yet reveal through their hundreds of engraved stones, shafts of light, and shadows, information on the heavens and our place therein. That may prove to us that we are not as advanced today as we might like to think we are.
Toby R Hall,
57, Pembroke Lane,
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