Who Built the “Sunpath” Sacred Sites in Southern Africa?
Who built the “Sunpath Diamond Light Grid” Sacred Sites – a uniquely Southern African formation of standing stones & ceremonial sites?
The answer to this question is unknown, is open for discussion and remains a mystery!
The scale and magnitude of the profiles, observatories and Markerstones covering an area over 800 kilometres long is monumental in proportion and defies explanation. Much work remains to be done to document all the known sites, many of which lie on privately owned land and are inaccessible to the public. This Mapping of the Southern African Sacred Sites is the primary objective of the Sacred Sites Foundation of Southern Africa, along with developing a strong network of Community Custodianship projects around the country.
Research of archeological and historical archives suggest that ancient Stone-Age man, Bushmen, Hottentot, San, KhoiKhoi and Strandloper peoples, who lived in and around these sites had a cosmological belief system and most probably interacted with the Pathways of the Sun. The KhoiKhoi recognized various star constellations; when the Pleiades were seen rising over the eastern horizon it signaled the time of the coming rains. They were also seen to go out and pray at sunrise and to celebrate the new moon by dancing and singing.
Archeological evidence supporting this include: notched bone possible lunar calendar marker? Rock gongs associated with initiation ceremonies; rock paintings; carved stone heads used in ceremonies; sunburst engravings; east-facing burial sites and painted burial stones and lastly, specifically aligned rock cairns all geographically and astronomically linked to the Pathways of the Sun phenomenon. Scores of tidal fish traps worked in conjunction with the phases of the moon.
The cosmological belief systems involving the movements of the sun, moon and stars, of these ancient inhabitants of South Africa is also in line with other ancient civilizations globally. These include the Inca, Mayan, Aztec, Egyptian, Greek, Phoenician, Sumerian/Babylonian and Celtic civilizations (Stonehenge) who all shared a deep interest in astronomy or astrology in some form of cosmological belief system. It is also documented that the Phoenicians rounded the tip of Africa in 400 B.C. They were great seafarers who used their amazing astronomical skills for navigation. Did they perhaps interact with the indigenous people of southern Africa? This could be the collective works of many peoples cultures.
These sacred stones were tools that the ancient people used to monumentalize their connection and communicate with their Gods /Goddesses of the Heaven’s and Earth. Perhaps also for the healing properties, plants and water that are enshrined within each site. These places also perhaps mark powerful earth energy convergence points and even cosmological earth heaven convergence points.
As an example of this ancient diamond light grid pattern which is repeated in many sites, this image shows a 70,000year engraving found on a piece of sacred stone inside a cave along the coastline of South Africa – it is decorated with Red Ochre, which is known in many cultures as the “Blood of the Earth” and was used in ceremony all over Africa by ancient people.