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Pagan Perspective By Rory Te’Tigo

The activities of pagans and other alternative-thinking people have made the public aware of Ley Lines. Whilst the true nature of a Ley Line still needs to be understood, it is known that an amazing number of Stone Age, Bronze Age, and even Iron Age Monuments are situated on straight lines, with only a few feet divergence. Why our forbearers put their monuments on these straight lines is unclear. Were they experts in surveying the land even though they did not have sophisticated equipment, or were they instinctively reacting to what was already in the land and nowadays is no longer felt? These are questions we may never be able to answer.

Pagans believe that the Gods and Goddesses are very much alive in West Cornwall. They will tell you that when they visit an ancient site they are able to connect to the Land, Nature and the Ancestors in a way that is a powerful, life changing experience. There appears to be a direct link between that feeling and the fact that we still have such a large amount of ancient sites and monuments here in West Cornwall.

To Pagans, the whole network of sites is as important as any individual site. It is the large number of sites that make West Cornwall special to Pagans. But this network of ancient sites is a finite resource. There is pressure on them from tourism, farmers and other landowners. In order to preserve the feeling that the Goddesses and Gods are still alive, we have to preserve the sites, where they were most venerated, and where modern Pagans can still perceive them. Pagans want to preserve all of the sites, and thereby preserve and protect what makes Cornwall such a special, magical place.

Pagans assume that many of the ancient sites were built and used for Pagan religious ceremonies. Because of this, Pagans like to use the ancient sites for private or public modern rituals and celebrations. These are usually planned and executed in such a way that they have no lasting impact on the structure of these ancient sites. Nevertheless, some people leave objects at ancient sites, and this appears to indicate that not all pagan minded people respect the archaeology of ancient sites. Most pagans are spreading the message as far and wide as possible, that one should not change the sites, but allow the sites to change us instead.