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by Joseph NECHVATAL on April 25, 1997 at 17:53:32:

It was a consequential experience to me, as being inside Newgrange I
discovered an antediluvian region of the human mind which contains
principles of the bliss of sexual union, of scientific discovery, of
artistic creation, of physical conquest, and of mental expansion and of
death. Its immersive consciousness was one of inexhaustible intensity, in
fact I cannot withdraw from its prehistoric immersive circle, for once
experienced, it is as much within as without and it has become subjective
as well as objective to me.

Newgrange gets its modern name from the fact that by 1142, the site had
become part of Mellifont Abbey farm. These farms were known as granges and
by 14th century the site was known only as the 'New Grange'. In early Irish
mythology, Newgrange was not only the alleged burial place of the
prehistoric kings of Tara, but also the home of a race of Irish
beings, known as 'Tuatha de Danainn': the people of the goddess Danu.
Newgrange was also taken to be the house of the patriarchal god Dagda

The power of the experience lay in its ability to provide me with a
prehistoric/technoid consciousness of presence in becoming and in dying. It
was not a conventional symbolic fulfillment however, as Newgrange's
immersive space helped further to reveal the existence of my own extended
and encircling technologically immersive consciousness. Newgrange revealed
to me the greatness and glory of life by its super-conscient attributes, as
it made me cognizance of the orb in which the one and many give and take as
a whole.

Nature is really sublime and beautiful because it is not only nature, it is
immersive nourishment. Newgrange represented in its integrity the immersive
harmony and immersive consciousness of humanity in nature. I suspect Nature
is becoming for me beautiful in so far as it is the expression of immersive
consciousness because for me an appreciation of Newgrange draws no
distinction between beauty of art and the beauty of nature and the beauty
of woman. A woman's body, appearance, actions, may be beautiful in so far
as they are indicative of meaning and expression and Newgrange is beautiful
in that it is indicative of the underlying meaning of being.

Newgrange looks upon art as that of reproductive Nature and as such
Newgrange is conceived as splendor consciousness and is dynamic in its
approbation. Newgrange's magnificence is the dynamism of sex and life and
spirit and death and since Newgrange's opulence is absorbing and
compressing it frees being from the touches of horror and introduces it
into pathos. In this exhalted height of existence, presence feels an
unaccustomed attraction, a new delight in the wide expression of vivacity,
not through nature but through Newgrange's consciousness of immersive
existence itself as it impresses us with its absorbing sense of transport,
resplendent merger and supple affirmation which are characteristics of
Newgrange's immersive art-as-life-as-sex-as-death consciousness.

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