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Scotland’s Whirling Goddess or the Holy Grail?

By DAVID MCDOWELL

STARING into the terrifying thunderous tumult of the Corryvreckan whirlpool, it’s easy to see why its sheer primal energy has fascinated people for centuries.

Now Edinburgh folklorist Stuart McHardy has suggested a startling new theory – that the awe-inspiring natural vortex between the islands of Scarba and Jura in Argyll and Bute was the true origin of the Holy Grail. At its wildest, some say the whirlpool forms a spectacular swirling cauldron 300 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The cause is hidden beneath the waves – a giant rock pinnacle rising from the depths to within 95 feet of the surface. Water on the seabed is forced upwards when it hits the submerged rock, causing huge waves. The noise can keep the neighbours awake up to 20 miles away. McHardy believes that the Corryvreckan was, for pre-Christian Picts, a “Mother Goddess” – the Mother of All Fertility Symbols.

Read the original article at: The Scotsman

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