The Southern Stonehenge

Miles off the beaten path in rural Georgia, carved in towering spires of granite, the Georgia Guidestones baffle the mind and ignite the imagination. Who ordered a local stonemason to carve them? Why here? And why do the cryptic instructions they contain leave us thinking the apocalypse is coming?

Almost twice as tall as Stonehenge, the Georgia Guidestones loom as large as the multitude of unanswerable questions that surround them. While the mysteries of Stonehenge have been largely puzzled together, the answers behind these Guidestones remain impenetrable, locked away for the ages.

These massive towering stones, hidden away in a quiet corner of Georgia near the South Carolina border, have been called “The Ten Commandments of The Antichrist,” a monument to the New World Order, and “America’s Most Mysterious Monument.” Yoko Ono once described them as “a stirring call to rational freedom.”

Much like the biblical Ten Commandments, the roughly 250,000 pounds of granite have ten messages inscribed on them. 

Much like the biblical Ten Commandments, the roughly 250,000 pounds of granite have ten messages inscribed on them. That and mysterious authorship are the only similarities they share. Written in eight languages, including English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit and Swahili, the Guidestones offer a completely different set of principles from those tablets Moses carried down from the mountain. The Guidestones, in their chillingly frank language, outline the belief that reproduction should be guided to increase fitness and diversity, disputes among nations should be resolved by a world court, and, most curiously, the human population should be reduced to 500,000,000 members, among other stated beliefs.

Some people have interpreted the declaration regarding population to mean that its creators were encouraging mass genocide. Others have suggested the stones are a guide for rebuilding after global devastation, pointing to the fact that the monument was erected at the height of the Cold War in 1979. The creator of these words, whoever it may be, may have assumed a nuclear holocaust was imminent.

Still, the sparse facts that exist have left us with more questions than answers.

Legend has it that a well-dressed, well-spoken, elegant, grey-haired man who went by the name of “R.C. Christian” arrived at a granite company in Elberton, Georgia, requesting a quote for what he referred to as a special project. The granite specialist believed the man to be a nut, so he gave him a ridiculously high price to complete the task, assuming Christian would balk. Instead, the mysterious man agreed, giving the specialist a shoebox containing detailed specifications and a wooden model of the monument.

Some people believe the Rosicrucian Order funded the project. Christian Rosenkreuz, also known as “Christian Rose Cross,” was the founder of the esoteric society. The name has obvious similarities to the name given by the grey-haired man, but as with so many things raises more questions than it answers. Why would an organization, headquartered in California with chapters around the world, choose this place for their Guidestones? What do the messages on the Guidestones have to do with a secretive society rooted in Egyptian mysticism?

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