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They’re Alive! Megalithic Sites Are More than Just Stone


It doesn't take much to stimulate the human body's electro-magnetic circuitry, in fact a small change in the local environment is enough to create a change in awareness.

People who visit ancient temples and megalithic sites often describe such a sensation. The standard explanation is that such feelings are nothing more than a 'wow' factor: the result of visual stimuli from the overwhelming impression generated by megalithic constructions such as stone circles, ancient temples and pyramids.

But the cumulative evidence proves otherwise: that megaliths and other ancient sacred places are actually attracting, storing, even generating their own energy field, creating the kind of environment where one can enter an altered state of consciousness.

Generating Energy Fields

In 1983 a comprehensive study was undertaken by engineer Charles Brooker to locate magnetism in sacred sites. The test subject was the Rollright stone circle in England. A magnetometer survey of the site revealed how a band of magnetic force is attracted into the stone circle through a narrow gap of stones that act as the entrance. The band then spirals towards the center of the circle as though descending down a rabbit hole.

Two of the circle’s western stones were also found to pulsate with concentric rings of alternating current, resembling ripples in a pond.

[Magnetomer survey image of the Rollright Stones. Adapted from Charles Brooker. Magnetism and Standing Stones, New Scientist, January 13, 1983]

The analysis led Brooker to state how, “the average intensity of the [geomagnetic] field within the circle was significantly lower than that measured outside, as if the stones acted as a shield.”

Such discoveries help us decipher what the ancients were up to when they built megalithic structures. At the Temple of Edfu in Egypt there is a wall featuring what amounts to a recipe for establishing a space that differs energetically from its surrounding landscape — a temple. The instructions describe how certain creator gods first established a mound and 'pierced a snake' to the spot, whereupon a special force of nature impregnated the mound, which led to the construction of the physical temple.

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The symbol of the serpent has always been a culturally shared metaphor of the earth's meandering lines of force, what scientists refer to as telluric currents.

[Egyptian goddess harnessing the serpent energy.]

Controlling the Laws of Nature

It seems ancient architects had a fine degree of control of the laws of nature, because a recent study of energy fields in and around Avebury, the world's largest stone circle, shows how its megaliths are designed to attract a ground current into the site.

Electrodes planted at Avebury reveal how its circular ditch breaks the transmission of telluric ground current and conducts electricity into the ditch, in effect concentrating energy and releasing it at the entrance to the site, sometimes at double the rate of the surrounding land.

Magnetic readings at Avebury die away at night to a far greater level than can be accounted for under natural circumstances. They charge back at sunrise, with the ground telluric current from the surrounding land attracted to the henge just as magnetic fluctuations of the site reach their maximum.

Studies conducted by the late physicist John Burke also discovered how the stones of Avebury are deliberately placed and aligned so as to focus electro-magnetic currents to flow in a premeditated direction using an identical principle to modern atomic particle colliders, in which airborne ions are steered in one direction.

[Avebury stone circle. Image by Freddy Silva]

The effect of sacred sites behaving like concentrators of electromagnetic energy is enhanced by the choice of stone. Often moved across enormous distance, the stone used in megalithic sites contains substantial amounts of magnetite. The combination makes temples behave like weak, albeit huge, magnets.

Spiritual Technology

This has a profound influence on the human body, particularly the dissolved iron that flows in blood vessels, not to mention the millions of particles of magnetite floating inside the skull, and the pineal gland, which itself is highly sensitive to geomagnetic fields, and whose stimulation begins the production of chemicals such as pinolene and seratonin, which in turn leads to the creation of the hallucinogen DMT. In an environment where geomagnetic field intensity is decreased, people are known to experience psychic and shamanic states.

An exhaustive investigation into the Carnac region of France, where some 80,000 megaliths are concentrated, reveals a similar spiritual technology at work. At first the leading researcher, electrical engineer Pierre Mereux, was skeptical that megalithic sites possessed any special powers.

Mereux’s study of Carnac shows how its dolmens amplify and release telluric energy throughout the day, with the strongest readings occurring at dawn. The voltage and magnetic variations are related, and follow a phenomenon known as electric induction . According to Mereux, “The dolmen behaves as a coil or solenoid, in which currents are induced, provoked by the variations, weaker or stronger, of the surrounding magnetic field. But these phenomena are not produced with any intensity unless the dolmen is constructed with crystalline rocks rich in quartz, such as granite.”

His readings of menhirs reveal an energy that pulsates at regular intervals at the base, positively-and negatively-charged, up to thirty-six feet from these upright monoliths, some of which still show carvings of serpents. Extreme pulsations recycle approximately every 70 minutes, showing that the menhirs charge and discharge regularly.

Mereux also noticed how the voltage of standing stones in the Grand Ménec alignment diminished the farther away they lay from the stone circle, which itself behaved as a kind of condenser or concentrator of energy.

[Carnac menhir caption: One of the 80,000 menhirs in the Carnac region. Image by Freddy Silva]

The composition of the stones and their ability to conduct energy was not lost on Mereux and others. Being very high in quartz, the specially chosen rocks are piezoelectric, which is to say they generate electricity when compressed or subjected to vibrations. The megaliths of Carnac, positioned as they are upon thirty-one fractures of the most active earthquake zone in France, are in a constant state of vibration, making the stones electromagnetically active.

It demonstrates that the menhirs were not planted on this location by chance, particularly as they were transported from 60 miles (97 km) away, because their presence and orientation is in direct relationship to terrestrial magnetism.

Sacred Sites and Magnetic Portals

Ancient Mysteries traditions around the world share one peculiar aspect: they maintain how certain places on the face of the Earth possess a higher concentration of power than others. These sites, named "spots of the fawn" by the Hopi, eventually became the foundation for many sacred sites and temple structures we see today. What is interesting is that each culture maintains that these special places are connected with the heavens by a hollow tube or reed, and by this umbilical connection the soul is capable of engaging with the Otherworld during ritual. However, it also allows a conduit for the spirit world to enter this physical domain.

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In 2008 NASA may have unwittingly proved this observation to be true when it published details of an investigation into FTEs, or flux transfer events, in which this organization describes how the Earth is linked to the Sun by a network of magnetic portals which open every eight minutes.

Such discoveries help to validate, in the scientific eye, the long-held belief by sensitives and dowsers since the recording of history that megalithic sites and ancient temples are places set aside from the normal world, where a person can connect with locations far beyond this planetary sphere.

Certainly the ancient Egyptian priests regarded the temple as far more than a conglomerate of dead stones. Every dawn they awakened each room with orations, treating the temple as a living organism that sleeps at night and awakens at dawn.

© FREDDY SILVA 2016

Featured image: Deriv; Standing stones in Avebury, Whiltshire, England. ( CC BY 2.0 )


They’re Alive! Megalithic Sites Are More than Just Stone By Elle – 19/06/2016

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Featured image: Deriv Standing stones in Avebury, Whiltshire, England. (CC BY 2.0)


By Freddy Silva
It doesn’t take much to stimulate the human body’s electro-magnetic circuitry in fact a small change in the local environment is enough to create a change in awareness.
People who visit ancient temples and megalithic sites often describe such a sensation. The standard explanation is that such feelings are nothing more than a ‘wow’ factor: the result of visual stimuli from the overwhelming impression generated by megalithic constructions such as stone circles, ancient temples and pyramids.
But the cumulative evidence proves otherwise: that megaliths and other ancient sacred places are actually attracting, storing, even generating their own energy field, creating the kind of environment where one can enter an altered state of consciousness.
Generating Energy Fields
In 1983 a comprehensive study was undertaken by engineer Charles Brooker to locate magnetism in sacred sites. The test subject was the Rollright stone circle in England. A magnetometer survey of the site revealed how a band of magnetic force is attracted into the stone circle through a narrow gap of stones that act as the entrance. The band then spirals towards the center of the circle as though descending down a rabbit hole.
Two of the circle’s western stones were also found to pulsate with concentric rings of alternating current, resembling ripples in a pond.
[Magnetomer survey image of the Rollright Stones. Adapted from Charles Brooker. Magnetism and Standing Stones, New Scientist, January 13, 1983]The analysis led Brooker to state how, “the average intensity of the [geomagnetic] field within the circle was significantly lower than that measured outside, as if the stones acted as a shield.”
Such discoveries help us decipher what the ancients were up to when they built megalithic structures. At the Temple of Edfu in Egypt there is a wall featuring what amounts to a recipe for establishing a space that differs energetically from its surrounding landscape — a temple. The instructions describe how certain creator gods first established a mound and ‘pierced a snake’ to the spot, whereupon a special force of nature impregnated the mound, which led to the construction of the physical temple.
The symbol of the serpent has always been a culturally shared metaphor of the earth’s meandering lines of force, what scientists refer to as telluric currents.
Controlling the Laws of Nature
It seems ancient architects had a fine degree of control of the laws of nature, because a recent study of energy fields in and around Avebury, the world’s largest stone circle, shows how its megaliths are designed to attract a ground current into the site.
Electrodes planted at Avebury reveal how its circular ditch breaks the transmission of telluric ground current and conducts electricity into the ditch, in effect concentrating energy and releasing it at the entrance to the site, sometimes at double the rate of the surrounding land.
Magnetic readings at Avebury die away at night to a far greater level than can be accounted for under natural circumstances. They charge back at sunrise, with the ground telluric current from the surrounding land attracted to the henge just as magnetic fluctuations of the site reach their maximum.
Studies conducted by the late physicist John Burke also discovered how the stones of Avebury are deliberately placed and aligned so as to focus electro-magnetic currents to flow in a premeditated direction using an identical principle to modern atomic particle colliders, in which airborne ions are steered in one direction.
[Avebury stone circle. Image by Freddy Silva]The effect of sacred sites behaving like concentrators of electromagnetic energy is enhanced by the choice of stone. Often moved across enormous distance, the stone used in megalithic sites contains substantial amounts of magnetite. The combination makes temples behave like weak, albeit huge, magnets.
Spiritual Technology
This has a profound influence on the human body, particularly the dissolved iron that flows in blood vessels, not to mention the millions of particles of magnetite floating inside the skull, and the pineal gland, which itself is highly sensitive to geomagnetic fields, and whose stimulation begins the production of chemicals such as pinolene and seratonin, which in turn leads to the creation of the hallucinogen DMT. In an environment where geomagnetic field intensity is decreased, people are known to experience psychic and shamanic states.
An exhaustive investigation into the Carnac region of France, where some 80,000 megaliths are concentrated, reveals a similar spiritual technology at work. At first the leading researcher, electrical engineer Pierre Mereux, was skeptical that megalithic sites possessed any special powers.
Mereux’s study of Carnac shows how its dolmens amplify and release telluric energy throughout the day, with the strongest readings occurring at dawn. The voltage and magnetic variations are related, and follow a phenomenon known as electric induction. According to Mereux, “The dolmen behaves as a coil or solenoid, in which currents are induced, provoked by the variations, weaker or stronger, of the surrounding magnetic field. But these phenomena are not produced with any intensity unless the dolmen is constructed with crystalline rocks rich in quartz, such as granite.”
His readings of menhirs reveal an energy that pulsates at regular intervals at the base, positively-and negatively-charged, up to thirty-six feet from these upright monoliths, some of which still show carvings of serpents. Extreme pulsations recycle approximately every 70 minutes, showing that the menhirs charge and discharge regularly.
Mereux also noticed how the voltage of standing stones in the Grand Ménec alignment diminished the farther away they lay from the stone circle, which itself behaved as a kind of condenser or concentrator of energy.
[One of the 80,000 menhirs in the Carnac region. Image by Freddy Silva]The composition of the stones and their ability to conduct energy was not lost on Mereux and others. Being very high in quartz, the specially chosen rocks are piezoelectric, which is to say they generate electricity when compressed or subjected to vibrations. The megaliths of Carnac, positioned as they are upon thirty-one fractures of the most active earthquake zone in France, are in a constant state of vibration, making the stones electromagnetically active.
It demonstrates that the menhirs were not planted on this location by chance, particularly as they were transported from 60 miles (97 km) away, because their presence and orientation is in direct relationship to terrestrial magnetism.
Sacred Sites and Magnetic Portals
Ancient Mysteries traditions around the world share one peculiar aspect: they maintain how certain places on the face of the Earth possess a higher concentration of power than others. These sites, named “spots of the fawn” by the Hopi, eventually became the foundation for many sacred sites and temple structures we see today. What is interesting is that each culture maintains that these special places are connected with the heavens by a hollow tube or reed, and by this umbilical connection the soul is capable of engaging with the Otherworld during ritual. However, it also allows a conduit for the spirit world to enter this physical domain.
In 2008 NASA may have unwittingly proved this observation to be true when it published details of an investigation into FTEs, or flux transfer events, in which this organization describes how the Earth is linked to the Sun by a network of magnetic portals which open every eight minutes.
Such discoveries help to validate, in the scientific eye, the long-held belief by sensitives and dowsers since the recording of history that megalithic sites and ancient temples are places set aside from the normal world, where a person can connect with locations far beyond this planetary sphere.
Certainly the ancient Egyptian priests regarded the temple as far more than a conglomerate of dead stones. Every dawn they awakened each room with orations, treating the temple as a living organism that sleeps at night and awakens at dawn.
© FREDDY SILVA 2016
Material based on the author’s book The Divine Blueprint: Temples, power places, and the global plan to shape the human soul, Invisible Temple, 2012. Available at invisibletemple.com
References
Charles Brooker. Magnetism and Standing Stones, New Scientist, January 13, 1983
John Burke and Kaj Halberg. Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty, Council Oak Books, San Francisco, 2005
Pierre Mereaux. Carnac: Des Pierres Pour Les Vivants, Kerwangwenn, Nature & Bretagne, 1992
Studies on the pineal and DMT: Serena Roney-Dougal, The Faery Faith, Green Magic, London, 2002 and E.C. May et al, Review of the psychoenergetic research conducted at SRI International, SRI International Technical Report, March 1988
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They’re Alive! Megalithic Sites Are More than Just Stone

It doesn&rsquot take much to stimulate the human body&rsquos electro-magnetic circuitry in fact a small change in the local environment is enough to create a change in awareness.

People who visit ancient temples and megalithic sites often describe such a sensation. The standard explanation is that such feelings are nothing more than a &lsquowow&rsquo factor: the result of visual stimuli from the overwhelming impression generated by megalithic constructions such as stone circles, ancient temples and pyramids.

But the cumulative evidence proves otherwise: that megaliths and other ancient sacred places are actually attracting, storing, even generating their own energy field, creating the kind of environment where one can enter an altered state of consciousness.

Generating Energy Fields

In 1983 a comprehensive study was undertaken by engineer Charles Brooker to locate magnetism in sacred sites. The test subject was the Rollright stone circle in England. A magnetometer survey of the site revealed how a band of magnetic force is attracted into the stone circle through a narrow gap of stones that act as the entrance. The band then spirals towards the center of the circle as though descending down a rabbit hole.

Two of the circle&rsquos western stones were also found to pulsate with concentric rings of alternating current, resembling ripples in a pond.

[Magnetomer survey image of the Rollright Stones. Adapted from Charles Brooker. Magnetism and Standing Stones, New Scientist, January 13, 1983]

The analysis led Brooker to state how, &ldquothe average intensity of the [geomagnetic] field within the circle was significantly lower than that measured outside, as if the stones acted as a shield.&rdquo

Such discoveries help us decipher what the ancients were up to when they built megalithic structures. At the Temple of Edfu in Egypt there is a wall featuring what amounts to a recipe for establishing a space that differs energetically from its surrounding landscape &mdash a temple. The instructions describe how certain creator gods first established a mound and &lsquopierced a snake&rsquo to the spot, whereupon a special force of nature impregnated the mound, which led to the construction of the physical temple.

The symbol of the serpent has always been a culturally shared metaphor of the earth&rsquos meandering lines of force, what scientists refer to as telluric currents.


Ancient stones

Stonehenge is most famous for the giant "sarsens" in its main circle, but these large stones were erected centuries after the monument was first built. Recent research shows the sarsens are local sandstone boulders that were transported only a few miles to the Neolithic monument about 4,500 years ago.

But geologists and archaeologists have long known that the many bluestones that ring Stonehenge, some of which weigh up to 5 tons (4.5 metric tons), were transported in ancient times from quarries in the Preseli Hills. Some of the stones have a bluish tinge when they're newly broken or wet.

Scientific dating of charcoal and sediments from some of the now-empty stone holes suggest Waun Mawn was built about 5,400 years ago, some 400 years before the earliest stage of Stonehenge, the researchers said. One of the stone holes at Waun Mawn also has an unusual five-sided cross section that matches one of the bluestones at Stonehenge and contains chips of the same type of rock.

Parker Pearson said it seems likely that the Waun Mawn stone circle and some other stones nearby were dismantled when entire families left the area to live far away in the east, and that up to 80 of the stones were later erected at the present Stonehenge site.

Distinctive levels of strontium isotopes in the enamel of human teeth found in ancient graves at Stonehenge shows many of the earliest people buried there did not grow up near its present location in Wessex. Archaeological evidence suggests they had migrated from further west, possibly modern Wales, and so the original stone circle probably marked the site of a new Neolithic graveyard, he said.

Each of the bluestones may have symbolized a notable ancestor or ancestral lineage to the local people, which is why they erected the stones at the new graveyard, he said.


Ancient Breadbasket

Practically speaking, the megaliths would have also helped the people of Nabta Playa time the rainy season, which only became more important as the society developed over thousands of years. The summer solstice would have coincided with the arrival of the annual monsoons. So tracking the sun’s location could have tipped them off to the coming wet season.

The first strong evidence for people at Nabta Playa appears around the year 9000 BC. At the time, the Sahara was a wetter, more pleasant place to live. Eventually, there was enough water that people could even dig wells and build homes around them. One site excavated at Nabta Playa revealed rows of huts with hearths, storage pits, and wells that were spread out over several thousand square feet. The team of archaeologists called it a “well-organized village.”

But between 5000 B.C. and 3000 B.C., thousands of years after the stone circle was built at Nabta Playa, the region dried out again. Some researchers think this environmental stress could have forced the people of Nabta Playa to develop a complex society, which most scholars thought depended on the development of agriculture.

The ancient society studied the constellations and understood the movements of the night sky. They made sacrifices and worshiped gods. They made jewelry out of cow bones. They ground up pigments for body painting. Researchers even discovered fish carvings at the site that suggest the nomads traded as far away as the Red Sea. Finally, the stone slabs at the site — some of which stand nine feet tall — had to be dragged from more than a mile away.

However, this complex culture seems to have fallen somewhere in between nomadic and agrarian. In addition to the oldest astronomical site, Nabta Playa is also home to the oldest known remains of sorghum , a crop first domesticated in Africa that’s now one of the world’s most important foods, especially in the tropics.

Hundreds of sorghum seeds were found at Nabta Playa, and they appear to be more closely related to domestic sorghum than wild varieties. Millet, another crop critical to the global agricultural history, was also domesticated in the region. And excavations at Nabta Playa also turned up storage pits for grass seeds, tubers, legumes and fruits.

The nomadic people likely ate wild foods, but also planted some semi-domesticated crops along lakeshores at the beginning of each wet season. They then moved on after the harvest, Malville says.

The African sorghum and millet seeds domesticated in this area would eventually spread along a trade route stretching through the Red Sea and into India — where they arrived some 4,000 years ago and went on to play an important role in the development of numerous civilizations.


These mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia are older than the pyramids

Thousands of monumental structures built from walls of rock in Saudi Arabia are older than Egypt's pyramids and the ancient stone circles of Britain, researchers say – making them perhaps the earliest ritual landscape ever identified.

A study published Thursday in the journal Antiquity shows that the mysterious structures dotted around the desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia – called "mustatils" from the Arabic word for "rectangle" – are about 7,000 years old. That’s much older than expected, and about 2,000 years older than either Stonehenge in England or the oldest Egyptian pyramid.

“We think of them as a monumental landscape,” said Melissa Kennedy, an archaeologist at the University of Western Australia in Perth and an author of the study. “We are talking about over 1,000 mustatils. These things are found over 200,000 square kilometers [77,000 square miles], and they’re all very similar in shape . so perhaps it’s the same ritual belief or understanding.”

“There must have been a great level of communication over a very big area, because how they were constructed was communicated to people,” lead author Hugh Thomas, an archaeologist at the same university, said.

The research is funded by the Royal Commission for AlUla, which has been established by the government of Saudi Arabia to preserve the heritage of the AlUla region in the northwest of the country, where many mustatils are found.

Some of the ancient structures are more than 1,500 feet long, but comparatively narrow, and they’re often clustered together. They’re usually built on bedrock, often on rocky outcrops above the desert, but also in mountains and in relatively low-lying areas.

The simplest mustatils were made by piling up rocks into low walls a few feet high to form long rectangles, with a thicker “head” wall at the highest end and a narrow entranceway on the opposite side. The researchers think they may have been built to guide a procession from one end to the other. But they also found many mustatils that were much more complex than they first thought, containing pillars, standing stones and smaller "cells” of rock walls. Kennedy and Thomas estimate one mustatil they surveyed was built by moving more than 12,000 tons of basalt stone – an arduous task that must have taken dozens of people months to complete.

It’s not known just why the ancient peoples who built the mustatils made so many. Kennedy speculates that some may have been used only once, or that different mustatils near each other were made and used by different groups of people.

One clue to their purpose is that the head walls of many mustatils have a small chamber or niche that seems to have been used for sacrificial animal offerings. Excavations in 2019 of the chamber of one mustatil found the horns and bones of wild and domesticated animals, including sheep and gazelles, but mostly cattle. The bones allowed the researchers to fix the date of the offerings to about 5,000 B.C., during the late Neolithic period when the region was much wetter and greener than the arid landscape today.

Ancient rock drawings show herds of cattle that must have been integral to the subsistence of the Neolithic people in the region, and Kennedy and Thomas suspect the mustatils were part of an ancient “cattle cult” that celebrated the animals. Archaeological evidence has been found of a cattle cult in the south of Arabia about 900 years later, Kennedy said, and the mustatils may have been an early expression of that belief it may also be that some mustatils were built to establish territorial claims on valuable pasturage for herds.

“This is one of the most important archaeological papers in recent decades,” said archaeologist Huw Groucutt of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History at Jena in Germany, who has studied mustatils on the southern margins of the Nefud Desert but who was not involved in the AlUla research. “Most research is just about adding a few details to things that are already known. The mustatil phenomenon is something really new.”

He notes that the northwest of Saudi Arabia where most mustails are found has traditionally been neglected in studies of prehistory.

“These thousands of mustatils really show the creation of a monumental landscape,” he said in an email. “They show that this part of the world is far from the eternal empty desert that people often imagine, but rather somewhere that remarkable human cultural developments have taken place.”


5 Turoe Stone

A beautifully sculpted stone currently in County Galway, Ireland, the Turoe Stone was once located within the Iron Age ring fort called the Rath of Feerwore. We say &ldquoonce&rdquo because it has been relocated since then to sit outside the Turoe House. The art on the stone sports a Celtic design called &ldquoLa Tene,&rdquo and it&rsquos one of the finest examples of La Tene in the whole of Europe.

So what was it for? People aren&rsquot sure.

Given that the stone is in a slightly phallic shape, some sources claim that it might have been used in fertility rituals for blessed births. However, &ldquoTuroe&rdquo is derived from &ldquoCloch an Tuair Rua&rdquo (&ldquoThe Stone of the Red Pasture&rdquo), leading some to believe that the red symbolism points toward sacrifices being made by the Turoe Stone.

Others believe that the stone&rsquos true origin was France before being moved over to Ireland. Regardless, it&rsquos a nicely carved stone and a great surviving example of Celtic art.


BTS Do The Impossible And Make History As They’re Named The Biggest Recording Act In The World

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope of musical group BTS . [+] attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Just yesterday, the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) revealed its annual ranking of the 10 biggest recording artists in the world, and while the tally was largely populated by familiar names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, an act that’s never appeared at the top finally made it to No. 1. In doing so, they made history, showing that tastes are changing everywhere in noticeable and important ways.

BTS have officially been named the biggest recording act in the world of 2020, according to the music industry organization, which bases its ranking on total activity. According to the IFPI’s report, both digital and physical formats were taken into consideration when choosing a winner, with everything from CDs to streaming to vinyl factoring into where a name landed.

By landing at No. 1, BTS have become the first act to top the annual ranking that performs primarily in a language other than English. Previous champions on this closely-watched tally include the likes of Taylor Swift, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Adele.

The South Korean boy band typically shares songs in their native tongue, and they have found incredible success in doing so. They first took over their home country nearly a decade ago, but it didn’t take long for them to expand globally, becoming chart-topping superstars who seem to smash records and make history every few months with new albums and singles. It is worth mentioning that while they are primarily known for singing and rapping in Korean, the fact that they have made the jump to English has sped up their ascent considerably, and it is partially responsible for their landing at No. 1 on the IFPI’s latest list. They were also aided by another highly-successful Japanese project that fans everywhere ate up.

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BTS dropped three albums in 2020 (Map of the Soul: 7, Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey and Be) and all of them performed well and sold a surprising number of copies for any release in this day and age. Two were performed primarily in Korean, while the middle release (Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey) was a Japanese compilation.

Most of the songs BTS shared in 2020 were performed in either Korean or Japanese, but not all fit those descriptions. The seven-member vocal band also scored their biggest hit yet with “Dynamite,” which ended the year as one of the most-streamed and bestselling cuts globally. The disco-pop single was performed entirely in English, which helped it rise to No. 1 on charts almost everywhere and rack up as many plays and sales as it did. “Dynamite” was marketed as BTS’s first all-English track, though they’ve dabbled in the language before in many ways.

While they don’t adhere entirely to one language (and why should any artist), the fact that BTS have been named the biggest recording act on the planet is incredible. For decades, it was assumed that no figure could become as large as the septet has without appealing to Western markets, and in order to do that, speaking English was a necessity. BTS has shown that it’s not all about the U.S., Canada and the U.K., while also proving that those who sing and rap in other tongues can still succeed in those places.

BTS’s win on this list proves so many people wrong and breaks with long-held beliefs in the music industry that are crumbling rapidly, opening up the field to any talent that can find an audience and nurture it with great art.


Paola and Tarxien

Malta’s early Christian catacombs in the suburb of Rabat are an uncommon sight, well worth a detour. But the town of Paola’s underground necropolis has no parallel. Beginning around 3300 BC, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum was painstakingly carved using little more than shards of sharpened bone.

Hal Saflieni is no casual assemblage of graves. It’s a subterranean photo negative of the prehistoric temples above ground, a holy place for departed ancestors to live in the underworld. Upstairs is a small-and-sterile museum with a short background on the site’s 1902 discovery. But the modern-day trappings upstairs melt away underground.

Music by local percussionist Renzo Spiteri recorded in the underground chambers captures the eerie echoing in the deep reaches of the earth, along with the sound of bone chipping at stone. A few walls still betray traces of red ochre spirals painted 5,300 years ago.

Other funerary art was buried in dark earth along with loved ones long ago. The most famous, known as the “Sleeping Lady,” reclines in the sideways position observed in many contemporary burials. Other relics were carved from alabaster probably imported from the Italian mainland. Several of these are on view at Valletta’s National Museum of Archaeology. For prehistory sleuths, that museum is the only notable destination in the romantic, limestone-covered capital, but the opulent 16th-century St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Knights Hospitallers’ Sacra Infermeria shouldn’t be missed.

There is no museum and little fanfare at the temple complex in Tarxien, a short walk from Hal Saflieni. But the trio of interconnected places of worship reveals several clues to the religion that built them. One altar was discovered filled with animal bones and a flint knife, clear evidence of animal sacrifices. There’s also evidence of cremation.

The temples’ most valuable artifacts now reside in the National Museum of Archaeology, but the replica of a larger-than-life goddess statue (just her legs and skirt were unearthed) looms large in both girth and significance. Some giant building blocks are decorated with spirals, while others feature livestock, including sheep and a pig.

This most complex temple site in Malta has another notable feature: While guests stroll the ancient paving stones, the view in one direction is of the clover-shaped temple apses. The other view is of a modern cemetery, filled with recent burials and a population of feral cats. It’s a compelling reminder that just as history lives in Malta, the living will soon become history.


Watch the video: Είμαστε Απόγονοι Των Αρχαίων Ελλήνων; (January 2022).