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The hidden faces of the rocks in Galicia

Pepe Galovart goes on sending us images from the galician fantastic outcrops. In the area of El Pindo. The question is: where are the mesolithic-neolithic evidences?

The Revolution of the Stones

Megaliths of North Spain

Summer holydays close to the Sanabria lake. Beautiful mountain landscapes, with dolmens and a roman camp.

Aspectos biologicos da experiencia religiosa

A importância singular weberiana dos actores religiosos, é salientada por Pierre Bourdieu, para quem Weber teria dado uma ‘contribuição decisiva’, nos seus escritos sobre religião, para uma teoria dos sistemas simbólicos, ‘ao reintroduzir os agentes especializados e os seus interesses específicos’.

Se a teoria ética da teologia, por um lado, não interessa a Weber, institui todavia este factor de diferenciação: a ‘qualificação religiosa desigual dos homens’, ou seja, a desigual aptidão dos indivíduos para acederem aos bens de salvação supremos que as religiões prometem. Esta desigualdade é, para Weber, um ‘facto de experiencia’ que determina, desde logo, a instalação de um duplo regime da acção religiosa: uma ‘religiosidade de virtuosos’ e uma ‘religiosidade de massas’.

Esta dicotomia entre uma religiosidade de ‘virtuosos’ ou de ‘heróis’ e a de ‘massa’, que não tem ‘ouvido musical’ para a religião, tem vindo a ser confirmada, nos últimos anos, por estudos sobre as endorfinas, analgésico…

The hidden faces of the rocks

Castro Laboreiro (North of Portugal and Galicia)

Images sent by Pepe Galovart (once again) from the granitic landscapes of one of the most beautiful megalithic regions of Iberia.
Turtles, eagles, people...

Rock art on natural sculptures

José Luis Galovart sent us a work by Cristobal Campana Delgado, about El Alto de las Guitarras (Peru), where rock art motifs have been carved on partially shaped stones, recalling animals: snake, jaguar, fish...
Interestingly, the sculptures are mostly natural stones, with some slight human agency.

Building memories at Barrocal

The menhir of Barrocal has been created as a place of memory: a monument.
Studying and reerecting it did, moreover, create new memories for the people who actually participated in this modern ritual.

Digging up a monument

Salgada (Rio de Moinhos, Borba) is one of the few chalcolithic settlements, in Portugal, where recent excavations have revealed a ditch cut through the bedrock. The structure has presumably enclosed the whole settlement (or a part of it) and was probably conected with a strong wall (2, 50 m large) which has been found some 20 m far from the current excavation trench; in this one, the wall seems to have been completly eroded out.
The settlement, as defined from the surface scatters, is likely to have ocupied an area with around 3 ha.

This trench allowed us to observe part of a poligonal ditch, with an entrance, facing eastwards, some 5 m large, where, in a late moment, it has been cut a narrow channel, connecting both ends of the ditch. The ditch itself has been cut in independent portions, recalling the british causewayed enclosures, though in this case, those parts are connected in sequence.

El Gigante and other astonishing rocks in Galicia

Our colleague José Luis Galovart, working with the magnificent granitic outcrops, South of the Cabo Finisterra, in Galicia, sent us some images of the area of El Pindo y Carnota. Impressive.

Barrocal: the Mother with people

Báculos, por Miró e Kandinsky