The Lia Fáil Stone, meaning Stone of Destiny, is on the Inauguration Mound, on the Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland, where it served as the coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland. It is also known as the Coronation Stone of Tara, and according to legend, all of the kings of Ireland were crowned on the stone up to Muirchertach mac Ercae c. AD 500.
The Lia Fáil was thought to be magical, when the rightful High King of Ireland put his feet on it, the stone was said to roar in joy; and was also credited with the power to rejuvenate the king and endow him with a long reign.
Is it sexually related ?
A stone very phalique, as our menhirs in Brittany. The sky draws outlines by its beauty.
This has to be one for Hugh
It definitely makes a statement about something, George!
Fascinating capture of this ancient monument. Love the lighting with the sun behind the Lia Fáil Stone and the dark clouds that add extra drama to the shot.
I really like that you’ve let this render as a silhouette which emphasises its simple, symbolic shape. With the dramatic sky and bright glow behind, the connotations of potency and power are revealed. This is shaping up to be a strong series George.
Simple but mesmerising composition.
The atmospherics are fantastic for this simple yet powerful portrayal. I like the ancient story behind the image. It is fascinating to imagine all the kings who have stood here. And it seems everyone could use some magic and rejuvenation at some point, which is why I’d like to have one of these in my yard!
great shot and framed, interesting stone and story!
Reminds me of Munch’s paintings.
The first impression is misleading. I fell into the trap …
Second reading, I think your composition very successful.
most unusual and like others mentioned, the backlighting really makes a dramatic image.
That is certainly an interesting and dramatic shot.
A great big falos symbol here
An atmospheric light captures the plain so well….and it does stretch on forever just there…..phallic I suppose but also giving “the finger” to the sky and the opposition in the ancient world……
Very interesting presentation with this play of light and shadow that highlights the sculpture, clearly resembles the phallic imagery, often associated with the cult of fertility, it is very common in ancient history, perhaps a sign of the continuity of the dynasty of King.
It certainly does look magical in this fine image, George…
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