Tuesday, October 22, 2002

LexiLine Journal #81 - 2002 : Poulnabrone County Clare Ireland Cancer Spinning Wheel

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[Update: Revision of this post at LexiLine Journal #82]

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To our file folder on Ancient Ireland
I have uploaded

poulnabrone.gif
and
poulnabrone.tif

from County Clare in Ireland, representing the stars of Cancer.

The amazing thing about these megaliths is that the same representational theme of a spinning wheel is used at the megalithic site of Spinster's Rock (i.e. Spinner's Rock) Dartmoor in Devon, England to represent the stars of Cancer.

The name Poulnabrone may thus originate in *(S)poul-na-brone, whence Gaelic spal = shuttle or spool, and brone perhaps in the Gaelic form broineag means "rag" i.e. cloth, which is similar to Latvian brunchi "skirts", but of course, that is very speculative.

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