Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In Atlantis, in a Giants' Tomb

Sardinia is land of ageless beauty, to the extent that researchers are all busy to prove the island is the lost civilisation of Atlantis. Among these, the most devoted to the cause is journalist Sergio Frau.

Frau, analysing ancient texts and comparing them with the present geography, places the Pillars of Hercules in Sicily so, according to Plato's directions, Atlantis is to be found in Sardinia.

The Greek philosopher, in fact, placed the legendary island, "insula Atlantis," in front of the Pillars of Hercules (Sicily) and on the west of the Strait of Gibraltar. Following all these references, Atlantis can only be Sardinia.

The island fits this explanation also thanks to the presence in its history of a lost civilisation, called nuragica. The whole territory is dotted with Bronze-Age stone towers, called nuraghi, that were used both as stronghold against foreign invasions and as habitation.

Frau, and many geologists, argue that four centuries before Christ a tsunami hit the island, destroying the nuragic civilisation, and maybe the civilisation of Atlantis. Geologists support this argument with the fact that one of the biggest and best kept nuraghi has been found under a thick layer of mud.

Apart from thousands of nuraghi, in the island can be found many other buildings even prior to the nuragic civilisation, such as Fairies' Houses, Dolmen, Menir, sacred wells and Giants' Tombs. Almost all of them are connected to pagan rituals, as they were tombs or worship areas. Among these, the Giants' Tombs have always inspired a great deal of interest, not only among scientists and researchers, but also among the population. Why?

It's widely believed that around a Giants' Tomb there is a magnetic field able to release positive energy. Historical research says they had funerary purposes, however they happen to be a little too big to be a single grave. Maybe more than one corpse were laid there after the burial ceremony? Or maybe they kept some more space on purpose to put other objects to help the dead cross over or to bring with wherever they were going, "Egypt-style"?

Where historical research stops, popular belief comes along. Many people take the Giants' Tomb as a place to restore from daily stress and go there to absorb some of the energies that our ancestors managed to identify in those strategic spots.

A friend of mine told me that when she goes to any of the Giants' Tombs she feels strengthened, so I had to try.

I went to the Giants' Tomb of Dorgali and followed "the expert's instructions". I sat beside the tomb, lied underneath, stepped on top of it (not sure if this was allowed or might have been considered profane some 5,000 years ago) and walked all around.

I can't really say what effect it had on me, maybe because it was also my first approach to such "natural remedies" to modern hustle and bustle.

Truth be said, Sardinia si a place where popular beliefs are as alive as they were thousands of years ago, and the pagan element never disappeared, despite the efforts of the Catholic Church to erase any previous ritual.

Land of mystery and unspoken traditions, Sardinia never fails to charm tourists and locals alike, as behind every single corner there is a secret to be discovered.


jessiev said...

very cool place - i'd try it, too!

Jack - eyeflare travel said...

Very odd-looking tomb, I quite like it.

BLOGitse said...

I love that kind of secrets...
Thanks for sharing!


AngelaCorrias said...

Thanks Jessie, glad you liked it, it's very nice and I'm discovering it little by little!

Hi Jack, it's odd indeed, probably it was a worship area, unless Sardinia was inhabited by giants in the past! Nothing to laugh about really, this is another theory, but maybe too odd for me to report it here, also because there's nothing sure about it ;)

Hi BLOGitse, if you like secrets, then Sardinia is the right place for you!

greece_traveller said...

Your blog is very interesting, good job! I am a new blogger and because of my love for Santorini (a Greek island) I started my blog, Santorini Greece. Check it out.

Josh said...

Quite an interesting-looking place. Parts of it look like I could actually walk by it and not know what I was seeing!

Thanks for the good pictures...

AngelaCorrias said...

Correct Josh, this is the problem of most heritage sites in Sardinia: the island is literally dotted with landmarks of invaluable historical value but they are not properly displayed nor presented to the public, and sadly the result is that people (even locals!) don't recognise them, losing that way a piece of our history.

John C said...

I think you very much love it after shifting shanghai and it 's a very cool place ad easy to settle.

you visit many places in the shanghai and i like your photos specially tomb photo because i like adventure.

Vivekananda said...

Hi Angela, your blog - "In Atlantis, in a Giants' Tomb" inspired me to write the hub, "How to gain positive energy from the sacred tombs?"
Odd looking tombs share some of the unknown secrets. Nice pictures and a cool blog.

AngelaCorrias said...

Hi Vivekananda, I'm glad you liked the post and found inspiration to write :)

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