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8 9 ThE hOly liNES Of gErmaNy the work of Teudt and Heinsch Alignments of ancient sacred sites are not confined to Britain. In 1939 the German Josef Heinsch published a paper, Principles of Prehistoric Sacred Geography, in which he spoke of a lost magic principle by which holy sites had been located in the remote past. The sites, he claimed, were points on the lines of great geometrical figures that had been constructed to certain fixed angles and units of measurement based on simple fractions of the earths dimensions. This ancient pattern, he said, was still recognisable in the present landscape because of the adoption of pagan sites by the Christian Church. Watkins had a second German contemporary, Wilhelm Teudt, an evangelical parson who claimed that a rockcut chapel in the Externsteine, one of several natural twisted stacks of rock in West Saxony, was a solar observatory and that astronomical lines, linking numerous sacred sites radiated outwards throughout northern Germany. He called these lines heilige Linien or holy lines, but the adoption of Teudts questionable theories by Himmler during the rise of the Nazis led to his ideas being consigned to obscurity. Opposite Ley hunting in Germany. Cardinal alignments of sacred sites by one of Wilheim Teudts contemporaries.
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