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Prominent Bulgarian archaeologist, Professor, Nikolay Ovcharov, has discovered a second "womb" cave in the country.
The Bulgarian Standard daily writes that the cave was found during a unique expedition of the rock phenomenon the Lion's Head near the mouth of the Ropotamo River, on the southern Black Sea coast.
The 5-meter deep cave is located inside the Lion's Head. Ovcharov and a TV crew entered it with a special rock climbing equipment.
The cave is called womb because precisely at 12 noon a sunbeam penetrates inside through a narrow slit and its light is projected on the rock. For the ancient Thracians this has been a symbolic fertilizing of the womb of the Earth or the Great Mother Goddess by the solar phallus of Heavenly God. They saw it as the sign of the creation of a new year and of upcoming fertility.
The making of such sanctuary required an excellent knowledge of the Sun's movement and of Earth's directions.
Exactly 10 years ago, Ovcharov discovered the first womb cave near the village of Nenkovo, in the southern Kardzhali region.
The Womb cave
In Bulgarian: Пещера Утробата
Longtitude: 25.25102377 Latitude: 41.70590473
This amazing Thracian megalith - The Womb Cave (aka "The Vagina") is located near village of Nenkovo. It was discovered in 2001. The temple is shaped like the opening to a vagina. It leads into a cave deep about 22 m. and wide 2.5 m. A human hand shaped it into a place of conception constantly washed by water seeping through the walls.
At the deep far end of the cave, a carved altar (1.3 in height) symbolises the womb itself.
At midday as the sun approaches its highest point in the sky, its light seeps into the cave through a special opening in the ceiling and projects a perfectly recognisable representation of a phallus onto the floor. As the sun progresses further, and the light slants across the interior of the cave, the phallus grows longer, reaching out to the womb altar. Only during some months of the year, when the sun is lowest on the horizon, the phallus becomes long enough to reach the altar and symbolically fecundate the womb.