Ancient Mother

Ancient Goddess Temples of Malta

The Sleeping Lady

This song was recorded in the Oracle room of the Hypogeum of Paola, Malta.  It is a subterranean temple dating back 3000-2500 BC.

The Oracle Room is roughly rectangular and one of the smallest side chambers. It has the peculiarity of producing a powerful acoustic resonance from any vocalization made inside it. This room has an elaborately painted ceiling, consisting of spirals in red ochre with circular blobs.

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The Megalithic Temples of Malta are the eleven prehistoric monuments, of which seven are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, built during three distinct time periods between 5000 BC and 700 BC approximately. They have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth, although the largely buried Gobekli Tepe complex is now believed to be older. Archaeologists believe that these megalithic complexes are the result of local innovations in a process of cultural evolution. This led to the building of several temples of the Ġgantija phase (3600-3000 BC), culminating in the large Tarxien temple complex, which remained in use until 2500 BC. After this date, the temple building culture disappeared.