The Rude Man of Cerne Abbas

August 1, 2008 at 1:11 am 2 comments

July 13, 2008

The Cerne Abbas Giant is a 180 foot long chalk figure carved into the hillside of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England.  The Husband and I thought it would be an unusual historical site to visit.  Before you read any further you should follow these instructions in order to have the full understanding of what I’m talking about.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

1. Open this link to my map.

2. Switch to Satellite view.

3. Either scroll down the list on the left to locate the icon of a little man OR navigate to Cerne Abbas, South-West of London and North of the coastal city Weymouth.

4. Slowly enhance the view so the little man gets

 

     Larger

 
          and
 
         Larger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hee-hee.  Great, right?  How could I possibly not go see this? 

It turns out that the Google Maps picture has been enhanced — the actual site is not so distinct.   Of course, the figure is between 300 and 500 years old and the people of Cerne Abbas have been maintaining and re-chalking the giant every 25 years all that time so all things considered he’s in pretty good shape (in some ways he’s in great shape).  The H and I still had a fun and I was quite humored to find the hillside covered in sheep.

 

Rude Man facts:  He is 180 feet tall.  His club is 119 feet long.  His other club is 25 feet long.

 

 

Oh my!

 

 

Not to worry – our whole day was not so phallic-centric.

 

Related articles: 

A Background to Cerne Abbas

Pagans mad about Homer Simpson effigy

Wikipedia: Cerne Abbas

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jill  |  August 2, 2008 at 12:49 am

    that was interesting!

    Reply
  • 2. Jessie is Skoopy  |  August 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    this man can be the counterpart to David.

    Reply

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