Description: Neolithic 'Standing Stones' in Europe have supernatural powers
Origin: Pagan and Medieval Europe
Standing Stones, also known as cromlechs, dolmen or megaliths, were built as religious sites by prehistoric peoples across much of northern Europe, and especially the British Isles. Today Stonehenge is the most famous, but the remains of stone circles and burial mounds can be found in almost every field in Britain even today.
In later times the stones naturally featured in many stories and superstitions. People said they were giants turned to stone - and stories spoke of the stones coming alive, and walking or dancing by moonlight. If you fell asleep inside a circle of stones, it was said that fairies would take you, which might not be so bad.
In Ireland, rainwater from in the hollows of some magical stones was said to cure diseases or bad eyesight. And anyone who kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney castle was gifted with the gab, or silver-tongued speech.
Sunset on the Standing Stones of
Stenness, Orkney Scotland
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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