Outlander TV show focus on the ‘magic’ biography of Claire Randall (actress Caitriona Balfe), a WWII combat nurse. She was visiting Inverness, Scotland, with her husband, Frank Randall, to study their family history. In particular, Randall’s ancestors. The morning after observing a present Druid ritual among a set of standing stones on the hill of Craigh na Dun, Claire hears a noise coming from one of the stones. She places her hands on the old stone and she wakes up lying on the ground… in the 18th century! Wooow!
What are Craigh na Dun stones? What is a cromlech? Where are the magical powers of the megaliths? Is it history or fiction? Today, ten things you should know:
1.- Cromlech is a term used to describe prehistoric megalithic (big stone) structures. The stones are arranged in a circle or in concentric circles. They were constructed during many different periods across pre-history as part of a larger megalithic culture (Celtic culture) that flourished in Europe and beyond. The most famous cromlech is in Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
2.- Druids, clans, Mother Nature, lunar calendar, magic rituals, the power of the Sun, fertility rituals and the study of medicinal plants formed part of this legendary culture. People lived between dreams and realities, and time was only a variable.
3.- Craigh na Dun (or Craig na Dun) is a fictional stone circle said to be near Inverness. It features in Outlander (the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon) where a woman uses the stones to pass back through time.
4.- The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is a collection of time-travel romances set in eighteenth-century Scotland against the backdrop of the Jacobite Rebellion. The series consists of Outlander (Cross Stitch in the U.K.),Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Outlandish Companion (Through the Stones in the U.K.). Two more books are planned, namely The Fiery Cross and Sons of Liberty.
5.- So far, nobody has been able to find the magic stones of Craigh na Dun. But other cromlechs exist: Stonehenge, Swinside, Achmore, Stenness, Brodgar, Navacelles, Petit-Saint-Bernard… And it seems that all of them were in relation with death, religion, symbols from sunlight, with the eternal life, and even with peace (Stonehenge).
6.- A circle means eternity: no beginning or end, and it always starts again.
7.- Then, although Gabaldon’s books are fictional, they are based on deepest beliefs of our ancestors.
8.- And how about the existence of parallel worlds?
9.- “Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.” James Arthur Baldwin.
10.- The Highlands in Scotland are full of legends. In fact, the music is of Outlander is composed by Bear McCreary. The title song is an adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone, set to the tune of the Scottish folk song “The Skye Boat Song.”
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