Photographer's Note

After the shelacking I got on the last post, I decided to upload this one unprocessed. I really liked the detail in the stone; although the BG is flat with a bit of white sky. In the WS is another view, a processed version, that I planned to use. Which is better?

Standing stones are among the most numerous of the monuments in the area of Croagh Patrick. Generally considered to date from as early as the Bronze Age it is not known when the practice of erecting stones discontinued. Standing stones have a suggested wide range of functions such as burial markers, ritual or ceremonial function, astronomical significance, as in stone rows or alignments, or used as ancient boundary markers. Any or all of these might well be the reason why people erected such monuments. In the early Historic period standing stones were used in some of the rites associated with the inauguration of a king. They were looked upon as phallic symbols and the king who was a quasi-divine underwent a symbolic mating with an earth goddess in order that the land would be fertile.

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