ABOUT THIS PIECE…
Handcrafted Pendant Necklace with an Three Stone Cairn Structure Within a Sterling Silver Zen Circle.
These are Authentic Lithuanian Beach Stones.
Necklace Measures Approximately 18-1/2″ End to End.
The Sterling Silver Zen Circle Measures Approximately 3/4″ Diameter.
The Cairn Structure Measures Approximately 1/4″ L by 1/4″ W.
TIDBITS FOR MAGICAL THINKERS…
The building of cairns for various purposes goes back into
prehistory in Eurasia, ranging in size from small rock sculptures to
substantial man-made hills of stone (some built on top of larger, natural
hills). Cairn originally could more broadly refer to various types of hills and
natural stone piles, but today is used exclusively of artificial ones and they
are used to mark one’s path when on a journey.
Burial cairns and
other megaliths are the subject of a variety of legends and folklore throughout
Britain and Ireland. In Scotland, it is traditional to carry a stone up from
the bottom of a hill to place on a cairn at its top. In such a fashion, cairns
would grow ever larger. An old Scottish Gaelic blessing is “I’ll put a
stone on your stone”. In Highland folklore it is believed that the
Highland Clans, before they fought in a battle, each man would place a stone in
a pile. Those who survived the battle returned and removed a stone from the
pile. The stones that remained were built into a cairn to honor the dead.
In Scandinavia, cairns have been used for centuries as trail
and sea marks, among other purposes. In Iceland, cairns were often used as
markers along the numerous single-file roads or paths that crisscrossed the
island; many of these ancient cairns are still standing, although the paths
In the mythology of ancient Greece, cairns were associated
with Hermes, the god of overland travel. According to one legend, Hermes was
put on trial by Hera for slaying her favorite servant, the monster Argus. All
of the other gods acted as a jury, and as a way of declaring their verdict they
were given pebbles, and told to throw them at whichever person they deemed to
be in the right, Hermes or Hera. Hermes argued his case so well, that he became buried under a huge pile of stones.
In Portugal a cairn is called a moledro. Legend states that the
moledros are enchanted soldiers, and if one stone is taken from the pile and
put under a pillow, in the morning a soldier will appear for a brief moment,
then will change back to a stone and magically return to the pile.
Cairns that mark the place where someone died or cover the
graves alongside the roads where in the past people were buried. In the
Galician legends, the Cairns represent spirits of the night, called, “Fes” or “Fieis” which
is also thought to mean fairy.
Cairns are also common on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
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