Piramide Etrusca o Sasso del Predicatore, Bomarzo
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  • After about twenty minutes sometimes arduous among the thick vegetation of Bomarzo emerges a grandiose stepped pyramidal altar dating back to the Etruscan period. The name is derived from Polimartium which means "city of Mars" and formerly constituted the sacred area, separated from the inhabited area which stood near the Tevere.La town was established as control point for trade routes that linked the sea with the heart of Etruria. In response to the incursions of the barbarians the inhabitants retreated to the hills and founded Bomarzo that thanks to the high position ensured improved security. In ancient times it chose holy sites based on their proximity to the sources. Most Etruscan ritual took place in presence of water considered sacred because of its healing properties widely known since the dawn of time. The Rasna worshipped wherever they spurted copious sources where you could express your divinity related to nature. There were offers, through the practice of libation, or the shedding of water on Earth, on an object or on the altar as a gift to the gods. The pyramid of Bomarzo is a large Boulder of peperino, an igneous rock, carved and nearly twenty meters. Finds of pottery and roof tiles suggest that has been used around the seventh centuries b.c. during the late Republican period. The altar is divided into two floors, the first is reached along a scale of 26 steps on the left side where there are four holes, made perhaps to insert wooden structures; from the first floor we find two flights of stairs to nine steps to get to the second floor. The pyramid there are canals and cups for sacrificial purposes. At the top was the altar where the priest turned to the East to be inspired by the Sun and fulfil its role as the "omen" practice divination which made it possible to read the future by looking at the number of birds, the direction from which they came and interpreting the behavior as a divine message. Some priests also prophesies from the liver of sacrificed animals drew rasna (hepatoscopy) reading in fact, apparently barbara was actually a scientific basis because the liver is the organ most sensitive to environmental toxicity. After leaving the animals to graze, the Etruscans as the Romans killed them to observe the liver and internal conditions understood if the soil was contaminated and therefore if in future it could blow up an epidemic, or if it was not very fertile, which would cause a famine. It was therefore a intuitive form of investigative medicine. But mostly the sacrificial altar of Bomarzo was a place of worship linked to the Ascension into heaven as evidenced by the three levels of the pyramid that correspond to the three stages of the spirit: the underworld (the base) Earth (on the foreground) and sky (the second floor). At the base were the faithful, on the first floor were prepared deals and on top was the ritual in the sacred area where he had access to only the priest. The climb from the forest shows symbolically the maze of material life through the elevation. This way you can try just now, in the past the peak was forbidden to ordinary mortals, while now you can retrace your steps full of spirit, emerging from the worldly concreteness to rise to the purity of heaven. Recommend to visit both sites this is the Park of monsters and I guarantee that you will come out reborn in body and mind just as long to figure out the deeper meaning behind these dream places. Good scan at all!
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  • Well worth seeing. There's a definite step back in time feeling in this area. Near by is an amazing rock house too. Park at the water tower and walk down the left hand white road. After about 8 minute...  more »
  • The path is poorly marked by red spots on trees and the trail is a steep, not suitable at all. The pyramid "is beautiful, surreal. Seems poised and stand on it gives almost dizzy. A show and almost a pleasant surprise to get there
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