Solstice

MayDecember

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We do a three-day observation of Solstice.

All over the world, in ancient times, people built observatories, the most famous in the European case is Stonehenge. But it was all over the Old and New World alike: the building of giant structures which marked the summer and winter solstices, the equinoxes, and other movements of the stars.

This allowed people to plan harvest moons and planting, predict tides, and many other very useful physics of the universe that separates homo sapiens from worms, mollusks, and even orangutans.

As Rome conquered the civilized world and then imposed Christainity upon it after Constantine in the 300's, practices which accurately informed the people of these important calendar events were suppressed.

They were labelled "pagan" practices, and as Church and State fused into one, you would be tortured and executed for saying this time in December is solstice, not the birth of the new savior of Man.

The major dates, especially Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, those were supplanted with the birth and crucifixion/resurrection events. In the summertime, everyone is out in the fields working, the army is out capturing new lands, and it is not until wintertime that there are the great gatherings and feasts. Marking the day the sun starts coming back, boy that has been a big hit for over ten thousand years.

Our contempt for "pagan" beliefs and practices was so idiotic that we destroyed immense libraries of material in the Americas, people who had a calendar accurate into the thousands of years and predicted the "precession" of the earth better than their contemporaries in Western Civilization.

We observe this event both academically and spiritually, not in the sense of worshipping the sun per se. But the connection with an unbroken chain of DNA into the distant past, across epochs to the discovery that the workings of the universe, the seasons, the tides, the sun and moon, the earth as an integrated, living system can be organized and understood.

How backwards it was to stamp out this understanding and supplant it with a bullshit story that never happened. And kill people if they didn't believe in it.
 
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kdt26417

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Yet another blessing brought to you by Christianity. :rolleyes:
 

River

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Our contempt for "pagan" beliefs and practices was so idiotic that we destroyed immense libraries of material in the Americas, people who had a calendar accurate into the thousands of years and predicted the "precession" of the earth better than their contemporaries in Western Civilization.

Not being a Christian, myself, nor feeling supportive of the dominator dominant culture, I wouldn't choose to say "our" and "we" in this context.

Organized Christianity has, indeed, been among the most oppressive, brutal, destructive and violent culture that ever there was. It seems more than a little ironic in light of the sorts of words Jesus spoke about love, forgiveness, kindness, generosity and such.
 
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