Morbihan, A Connection to Somewhere

The spiritual connection between the living and the dead, has always fascinated me because it amazes me how societies have developed such importance for honoring the departed. The ancient sites of the ‘French Pyramids’ at Morbihan are an excellent example where one can see the first drastic changes in lifestyle from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic period. The introduction of new farming techniques and domestication of livestock, allowed for societies to settle down and allowed for more structured societies within different areas of the regions, where people were able to have a stronger sense of community and connection. These communities, worked together to create burial sites, that today are seen as masterpieces, but why did even the earliest civilizations bother to do so?

My fascination with death doesn’t stem from a morbid mentality, but from my curiosity of why humans have always found it immensely important to connect with something more, in any way possible. The Megalith text states that “the essential purpose of any ritual building is to connect the tangible world of the living (and their daily business) with the intangible world of spiritual forces,” which still holds very true today, as we drive by cemeteries everyday, but don’t really stop and think about the meaning behind each of those tombstones. What is different at Morbihan though, is that everyone had to work together for just one ritual building or site, and they had to dedicate an unsurmountable amount of effort and time to create these megaliths. They carefully crafted and calculated the placement of each piece to their site, and in some cases even began to change the aesthetics of the tombs depending on the burial site. In addition, it was not just one community creating these sites, there were multiple sites of Cairns, Mounds and Menhirs throughout the areas which suggests that many people shared the same views towards their dead. It makes me wonder if people will always try to find and establish a connection to something else or this is this another ritual that could possibly be defunct in the future?

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