21
Dec
09

Winter solstice

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The pagan connection

 As the Dsrriber blog tells it, the winter solstice has been marked since the pre-Christian days about 4,500 years ago. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin “sun stands still,” and the rock monument Stonehenge is believed to be one of the ancient sites for the winter ritual. The Guardian reports that archeologists have dug up what looks like the remains of a really big barbeque that could have been a winter solstice fete, shedding more light on the purpose of the mysterious stone structure. But as National Geographic points out, celebrations of the solstice soon got switched out for Christmas, once the Christian religion spread to the West.

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