No fires, no mystery as Stonehenge’s solstice is sold as a ‘holiday experience’
“The summer will come / Back to the stones” sang Roy Harper, about the ritual at Stonehenge, perhaps the oldest on Earth, to greet the summer solstice. But Harper’s song was also about the crushing of that rite at its most famous place of observance, the Battle of the Beanfield in 1985, when police assailed those gathered, burning and beating.
Years of Stonehenge festivals – never mind five millennia of observing solstice here – reached an end. But during the three decades since, paganism has become one of Europe’s fastest-growing religions, and the ancient celebration of dawn of the... read more
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