The Georgia Guidestones
The Georgia Guidestones occupies a glorious spot in the American heritage. The 19-foot-high monuments of granite are also referred to as the Stonehenge of America. It is a grand display of local Georgia granite. Moreover, it is a popular tourist attraction and is also an astronomical calendar.
The massive granite structures built in 1980, are splendid to watch with inscriptions over its body. However, this piece of art recently got partially damaged by a blast. While the good news is that you can still see a part of the Georgia Guidestones, you will not be able to witness its complete glory. Read the article to know more about the American Stonehenge.
A Bit Of History
It is generally known that a person named Robert C. Christian is the main person behind the existence of these large granite monuments. He approached the Elberton Granite Finishing in 1979, at Elberton. Incidentally, Elberton is called the ‘Granite Capital of the World’. He instructed the company to cut the granite blocks to such a height that will surpass everything else in the county.
However, these slabs of granite are not simply stone blocks. They contain inscriptions in various languages like Hindi, English, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Swahili, and Arabic. These inscriptions form a ten-fold message for guiding humanity. However, these inscriptions have been surrounded by controversies.
Moreover, the Georgia Guidestones also functioned as an astronomical calendar. Robert bought two-hectare of land and erected the monuments there. However, he also allowed the previous owner of the property rights for grazing his cattle there. Later he gifted the property to Elbert county. The Georgia Guidestones were opened to tourists on March 22, 1980. With time, the place became a popular tourist destination, attracting tourists from all over the world. However, the deed of ownership strictly prohibited charging any fee from the visitors. Moreover, the deed also forbade the construction of permanent buildings within the compound of the property.
Conspiracies And Present Status
The Georgia Guidestones became a hotspot of controversies. In 2005, a conspiracy theorist using the pseudonym of John Connor claimed that the Guidestones contain deep Satanic messages and are also Satanic in origin. Connor also advised that the structures should be destroyed. Since then various conspiracy theorists have voiced the same concern. In fact, very recently, the monuments were made into a prominent symbol in the QAnon conspiracy movement. Various other digital contents tried to establish a baseless link between the monuments and the Covid pandemic. Kandiss Taylor, a conservative Republican also called the granite slabs Satanic and wanted to destroy them.
However, it seems that the wishes of these people have partly come true. The Georgia Guidestones were partially damaged, recently on July 6th by an explosive device. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that preliminarily it has been known that certain unidentified individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4 a.m. on 6th July. However, the authorities confirmed that further investigations are going on and any further findings will be communicated accordingly.
The Georgia Guidestones have always been great magnets for conspiracies. Most of these conspiracies have been caused due to inability to decipher the engravings of the stone blocks. However, apart from these controversies, the structures turned the location into a popular tourist attraction. Due to its partial destruction, the structures have definitely lost much of their glory. Moreover, there is every chance that the monuments might be completely destroyed by those who see these as Satanic structures.
Therefore, the police department of Georgia must take active steps to ensure the security of the monuments. We know that most of the conspiracy theories surrounding the structures are baseless. Therefore, we should try to see the remaining part of the structures as nothing but historical monuments that are treasures of the national heritage.