Sunday, June 21, 2009

Solstice at Stonehenge Today

According to the Times of London, record crowds of over 35, 000 gathered at Stonehenge overnight to watch the sun rise on the morning of the Summer Solstice.

Every year news stories about this event describe those in attendance as "Druids" and "Wiccan priestesses," and photos are inevitably published of the middle aged man pictured above, who calls himself "King Arthur Pendragon" without any hint of a conspiratorial smile (real name "John Rothwell"). He describes himself as the leader of the "Druid Order of Loyal Arthurian Warbands" and is a fixture at these annual gatherings.

But why don't there seem to be any "Druids" under 50? And why are they almost all middle-aged women (except, notably, the "leaders")?

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