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By Gary R. Varner 

From the Stone Age to at the present time, people have erected stones, formed stones, and attributed particular powers to stones huge and small. Gary Varner provides a sweeping ancient and cultural assessment of the symbolic value of stones over the a long time in a great reference for someone attracted to folklore, historical past, and the improvement of religion.

Why are a few rocks easily tossed out of ways whereas others, despite their dimension, are held as sacred, mysterious and imbued with strength?

people because the sunrise of civilization have used stone to symbolize the holy, either by way of fashioning sacred symbols for themselves and by means of granting attractiveness to sure websites taking place obviously.

Varner stocks his love of nature lore, oral traditions, folklore and old spiritual constructions which are nonetheless so plentiful on the planet, and provides insights at the historical past and the expertise of those artifacts, whereas concerning the significance of retaining a feeling of reverence in at the present time s international.
This examine examines the common charm of web sites from the Dome of the Rock and Stonehenge to websites sacred to the Inuit and the Cherokees, from the center East to the yankee Midwest and the English Midlands.

Little do the keepers of fear stones this present day detect that they're practising one of many historic traditions of moving their difficulties to an inanimate item. This quantity seems to be at customs and traditions from around the globe, from the curious to the profound, on the topic of stones huge and small, from prehistory to at the present time.

Illustrations, bibliography.

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