Heritage: March 2003 Archives

March 27, 2003

Temple life is depressing

Thailand: Many Buddhist monks, especially older ones, are confused and lonely individuals suffering from mental health problems that have driven them to contemplate suicide, according to a psychotherapist who gets to treat them. Dr Jutharas Kosiyakul said that many of them become confused after believing they've acheived enlightenment and hear strange noises at night. And in what appears to be a regrettable mistranslation, she is said to have told a workshop Fortunately, most refused to resist killing themselves. Many monks harbour suicidal tendencies - Bangkok Post, 27th March 2003.

March 3, 2003

A fanny thing happened on the way to the Henge

A professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology has suggested that the design of Stonehenge is based on female sexual anatomy. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Anthony Perks observes that some of the stones had been rubbed smooth, but that others had not received such attention, and this got him thinking:

He noticed how the inner stone trilithons were arranged in a more elliptical, or egg-shaped, pattern than a true circle. Comparing the layout with the shape of female sexual organs showed surprising parallels.
Perks believes the labia majora could be represented by the outer stone circle and possibly the outer mound, with the inner circle serving as the labia minora, the altar stone as the clitoris and the empty geometric center outlined by bluestones representing the birth canal.

Perks knows a lot about women's bits, but is no archæologist. He repeats ideas about a universal mother goddess without any reference to the long, on-going debate on the matter and makes an anachronistic and geographically-suspect mention of Celts. Female Anatomy Inspired Stonehenge? Discovery Channel, 28th February 2003.

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