Mys­te­ri­ous stones

French Property News - - Joie De Vivre -

On hol­i­day, in a hire car head­ing to­wards Poitiers air­port via Thouars in Deux-sèvres, we passed an­cient-look­ing stones in fields just out­side the vil­lage of Taizé-maulais. On the plane back to the UK, I looked in our hol­i­day guide book but could find no men­tion of them. Graeme Turn­bull

There are many such stones through­out France and, in par­tic­u­lar, in the area in which you pre­sum­ably hol­i­dayed. In­di­vid­u­ally known as mega­liths, sev­eral to­gether con­sti­tute a dol­men and may have orig­i­nally been cov­ered in soil and/or stones to cre­ate a sort of cav­ern.

It’s gen­er­ally ac­cepted that most were cre­ated be­tween 4,000BC and 3,000BC and are of­ten ori­en­tated south-east. As to their in­tended pur­pose, no-one seems able to say with any real author­ity. With­out a soil/stone cov­er­ing they may have per­haps been erected with a view to the win­ter and sum­mer sol­stice or, with a cov­er­ing, maybe as burial mounds. Nick In­man, in his book Mys­ti­cal France (Find­horn Press/ In­ner Tra­di­tions) has this to say on the sub­ject:

“…it was nat­u­ral that pre­his­toric peo­ple should want to mark the win­ter sol­stice in the mid­dle of the hun­gry sea­son when the light be­gan to re­turn to the fields and the shad­ows lengthen. It is quite pos­si­ble they placed their trust in a cos­mol­ogy rep­re­sented by great stones planted in the earth di­rected at the sky.”

As to them pos­si­bly be­ing burial mounds, Nick opines: “It is of­ten sup­posed that the mega­liths are fu­ner­ary mon­u­ments and this may be the case. Pre­his­toric peo­ple had no choice but to come to terms with death – just as we have not – and the stones may have had a pur­pose of cel­e­brat­ing this rite of pas­sage in the chain of life.”

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