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Menhir upon grave mound - Hohen
Menhir upon grave mound - Hohen

This menhir stands on top of a neolithic grave mound. It consists of quartzite and is 1.63m high.
It represented the forefather, and gave a body for the soul of the dead. To quest him, magical rules were applied to make the stone alive, to make it talk. For this, blood may have played a key role as a substance of life.

These standing stones were erected by prehistoric cultures. Some must have been transported over far distances. They were used for cultural and structuring purposes. For some, it can be understood from astro archeologic view point, that there are calendar events, as you may see the sun rise in line with a prominent hill on aequinoxes and the longest and shortest days in the year, if you stand beside such a calendar stone. As nature was understood rather spiritual in these years, these locations marked were also viewed as sacred. Modern chiselers also are busy leaving ther personal marks on i.e. Alsbach, which is also a good example for a calendar stone.
During history and the middle ages, many were used as landmarks. Most elderly inhabitants know these smaller stones. They are protected by law.

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Town:6188 Hohen
Picture file name:imgq1127.jpg
Picture date:27.09.2007 17:16:00

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