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    The Cornish Mystery Of The Men-an-Tol Stones

    http://www.67notout.com/2010/08/corn...ol-stones.html

    thought I would do an occasional post about some of the mysteries in Cornwall, where I live. I'm starting off with Men-an-Tol, which is sometimes referred to as the Crick Stone or the Devil's Eye.


    Men-an-Tol means, in the Cornish language, 'stone and hole' which very much describes what it is, as can be seen from the photo above.

    The stones are believed to be from the Bronze age and, if this is correct, would mean they are over 3500 years old. As to what they actually are or signify is debatable. They may once have been part of a circle of stones - which would have given it a ritual significance - or alternatively they could have been part of a burial chamber - the hole being for access.

    These ancient stones have much folklore attached to them and are said to have a fairy or piskie guardian who can carry out various cures. With the obvious feminine symbolism it is claimed that if, at a full moon, a woman passes through the hole backwards seven times she will become pregnant.

    Men-an-Tor is said to heal many ills. It was famous in olden times for curing scrofula (lymphatic tuberculosis) and rickets in children. The children were passed naked three times (or some say nine times) through the hole to effect the cure. Adults can gain relief from bad backs by crawling through the opening nine times. Radiation levels around the inside edges of the hole are said to be nearly twice that found in the background environment, maybe this has some significance.

    The stones have been used for telling the future. In 1856 Robert Hunt wrote that the holed stone could answer any question. Two brass pins would be laid crosswise on top of each other on the stone and would move by themselves, dependent of the question asked.

    Rituals may also have once been taken place here with the hole aligning to other ancient sites or as a window into other worlds or dimensions. It has also been suggested that passing through the stone could have signified a ritual re-birthing process, perhaps performed as a rite of passage or to ensure fertility.

    Whatever mysteries the stones hold it is a magical place, perhaps even a psychic powerhouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xSnoofovich View Post
    thought I would do an occasional post about some of the mysteries in Cornwall, where I live.
    Do you really live there? We spent a WONDERFUL Christmas in Cornwall a couple of years ago. Ponies, seals, lovely walks, the Tate, castle ruins . . . it was delightful.

    I'll dig up some photos when I get a minute.
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Do you really live there? We spent a WONDERFUL Christmas in Cornwall a couple of years ago. Ponies, seals, lovely walks, the Tate, castle ruins
    Rain.
    . . . it was delightful.

    I'll dig up some photos when I get a minute.


    I've been to Cornwall too.
    Don't you know this deuce is still wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Do you really live there? We spent a WONDERFUL Christmas in Cornwall a couple of years ago. Ponies, seals, lovely walks, the Tate, castle ruins . . . it was delightful.

    I'll dig up some photos when I get a minute.
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    Astonishing what they could do.

    I like the theory that they are all a huge practical joke, like crop circles, and the builders died p***ing themselves laughing at what people in the future would think they were for.
    Don't you know this deuce is still wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy View Post
    Rain.


    I've been to Cornwall too.
    No, it didn't rain! Well, not most of the time. Must find . . . those . . . photos . . .

    I have some on Facebook, but it seems when I had to reformat my hard drive a few weeks ago, I backed up what I called my "old" photos and did not put them all back on. . . . searching . . . for . . . $%#@-y disc . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Do you really live there?
    Sorry luv. I don't. However, the person that wrote the article does (I guess)
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    Quote Originally Posted by xSnoofovich View Post
    Sorry luv. I don't. However, the person that wrote the article does (I guess)
    Oh, too bad. Here I got all excited about you living in some far-flung, exotic corner of the world, but still hanging out with the likes of us.

    I did find the disk . . . here are a few pictures. No standing stones on this trip (but I did see some in Scotland on another vacation with these same people).
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Oh, too bad. Here I got all excited about you living in some far-flung, exotic corner of the world, but still hanging out with the likes of us.

    I did find the disk . . . here are a few pictures. No standing stones on this trip (but I did see some in Scotland on another vacation with these same people).
    People????

    They look just like ponies. I knew there was inbreeding down there but hadn't realised it had got that far.
    Don't you know this deuce is still wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy View Post

    I like the theory that they are all a huge practical joke, like crop circles, and the builders died p***ing themselves laughing at what people in the future would think they were for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    .....but I did see some in Scotland on another vacation.....
    And you didn't visit Lewis?!? Huh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyTong View Post
    And you didn't visit Lewis?!? Huh!
    Alas, not yet. Just Mull.
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    Mull is gorgeous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyTong View Post
    Mull is gorgeous.
    We rented this incredible house. And went to "Balamory."

    What was odd to me at the time was how far north we were. It was June, and the sun was still up after 11:00 p.m. Never turned on a light to go to the loo at night. I remember looking at a map and saying, "It's the same latitude as Moscow!" before I knew I would one day live in Moscow.
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