Ancient spiritual ceremonies were never performed on the ground. Given this, one Stonehenge theory suggests that it’s plausible that the elusive monuments actually held up a giant stage intended for worship.
Rather than performing their ceremonies on the ground as previously speculated, worshippers—possibly hundreds of them—would use the raised “great altar” to be closer to the heavens. As the Guardian outlines, Spalding bases his hypothesis on the practices of other ancient cultures around the world:
He said: “In early times, no spiritual ceremonies would have been performed on the ground. The Pharaoh of Egypt and the Emperor of China were always carried – as the Pope used to be. The feet of holy people were not allowed to touch the ground. We’ve been looking at Stonehenge from a modern, earth-bound perspective.”
“All the great raised altars of the past suggest that the people who built Stonehenge would never have performed celestial ceremonies on the lowly earth,” he went on. “That would have been unimaginably insulting to the immortal beings, for it would have brought them down from heaven to bite the dust and tread in the dung.”