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�Sleeping Beauty�, �Sleeping Mother� or �Sleeping Goddess� mountain, as it is variously called, on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. This amazing mountain (in Gaelic Cailleach na Mointeach = the Old Woman of the Moors) forms the profile of a sleeping woman when viewed from here � I was standing at the Callanish stone circle. Cailleach About every 18 years the moon appears to rise out of her legs, creep low along her body, silhouetting first one part and then another, hang low over her breasts, and then disappear behind a hillock, only to reappear inside the circle of stones at the foot of the tallest central one and at the head of the burial cairn. This spectacular sight is a blend of astronomy, ritual, landscape.
Just after sunrise on a June morning, view over Loch Ceann Hulabhig to the hamlet of Linshader and the Harris Hills, in particular the so-called Sleeping Beauty. The stone circle of Callanish were like sentinels behind me.
Location: Callanish, Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK
April 23rd, 2013
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