The stone circle and cruciform avenues of Callanish. So good they named it twice. To find out who the creators might have been we turn to language.
Since cal and kar are linguistic variants, we find the first Armenian interpretation, kar-nish, to mean ‘a stone marker’. Its variants are kharag-nish (rock cliff marker) and khachanish (to mark or cross).
The site’s other name, Tursachan, is explicitly referenced in Armenian as tur-sa-quah (doorway to the stone seat or throne), perfectly describing the site’s visual characteristics. A visiting Egyptian might expand on this with Ta Ur S-aqer, ‘to make perfect the great land of the gods’.
The summit is marked by the outcrop Cloch an Tursa, where once stood two enormous standing stones forming a gateway or sightline. In Armenian, tur-sar literally means ‘door or gateway to the summit’.
New research reveals that most ancient monuments on the Scottish western isles are based on Armenian or Egyptian language, offering an insight into those ancient architects who were described as “certain strangers, people from afar.”
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by Freddy Silva
Freddy Silva is a best-selling author and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites, and their interaction with consciousness. He has published six books in six languages.
Described as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for more than two decades Freddy has been an international keynote speaker, and has appeared on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and leads sell-out tours to sacred sites throughout the world. invisibletemple.com