What a great piece about all the New Age nonsense going on at the Serpent Mound. It’s a damn shame people can’t appreciate the site on its own merits. It’s a lovely thing. Nope, gotta go and woon it (ruin with woo).
Is it home to a mine for spaceship fuel? Could it be a portal to another dimension, ready to be activated? Is it a place of hidden paranormal powers? Was it a safe spot to be when the 2012 Mayan prophecy predicted the end of the world? Is it an ancient indigenous homage to the summer and winter solstice?
Officially Serpent Mound is the largest surviving prehistoric effigy mound in the world, but in this stranger-than-fiction story, there are ardent supporters for all of the claims listed above, and many more.
In recent years, Serpent Mound has become a mecca for New Agers.[Archaeologist Bradley] Lepper says various New Age ceremonies began in earnest at Serpent Mound around the time of the Harmonic Convergence in August 1987. Believers all over the world marked that event by gathering, chanting and meditating at various sites deemed powerful. “Thousands of people came to Serpent Mound during the convergence,” Lepper recalls.
Since then, numerous New Age ceremonies, gatherings and festivals have become popular events at Serpent Mound.
Recall we covered a story about people vandalizing the mound by burying objects there. That seems to be a common thing.
Read the whole writeup for the history of silliness that is going on there. Paranormal tourism abounds.
One commenter noted that the Natives should reclaim the site by hosting their own festival. Not a bad idea.