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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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ley lines These are imaginary magical lines traced on maps of England and are said to connect places of power——such as churches, ancient monuments, archaeological sites, and megaliths——in straight lines, thus forming “power grids.” The Stonehenge structure (and, in fact, almost any structure or random location) can be shown to lie at the intersection of at least a pair of ley lines.
      Those of the lines that are actually straight (most are not) can be shown to fall within expected chance occurrence on a map of a heavily populated area, especially when features no longer in existence can be included.
      A similar notion was developed by the ancient Chinese far before the English came up with it. The Chinese called their lines “dragon tracks,” and they used them for weather forecasting. They were somewhat less successful in that field than today's average TV meteorologist.
      The term “ley line” was invented by British author Alfred Watkins.



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