Mein Traum ~ My Dream
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Monday, 07 July 2014
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Bring mich zu dem magischen Ort, wo ich herkomme, ans Meer. Zeige mir schöne Strände und füge deinem Log ein Foto bei.
Please take me to the magical place I come from, to the sea. Show me beautifull beaches and add a foto your log.
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Vor langer Zeit begannen Menschen zu glauben, dass Steine mit einem natürlich gewachsenen Loch Unheil von ihrem Vieh abwenden und ihnen selbst, oder auch dem, der sie aus Liebe oder Freundschaft geschenkt bekommt, Glück bringen kann.
Die Steine sollen auch über geheimnisvolle Kräfte verfügen und sind ein Zauber gegen Unheil, für das böse Geister verantwortlich sind. Manche Deutungen bringen den Hühnergott sogar mit dem nordischen Gott Thor (Donar) in Verbindung.
Das Huhn steht nämlich im germanischen Volksglauben in enger Verbindung zum Donnergott.
Im österreichischen Salzkammergut sind Lochsteine als Drudensteine und in Vorarlberg als Doggisteine bekannt. Geister bevorzugen Schlüssellöcher oder Ritzen, um in ein Zimmer zu gelangen. Sie benutzen niemals die Tür. Durch falsche Löcher würden sie in die Irre geleitet. Lochsteine, die über dem Bett baumelten, sollten so vor Alpträumen schützen. Entzündungen des Augenlidrandes heilten, wenn Kranke durch das Loch blickten.
Kärntner Slowenen nannten Lochsteine auch “Schlangenstein”. Sie glaubten daran, dass durch das Loch geschüttete Milch als Heilmittel gegen Kinderkrankheiten wirkte.
An adder stone is a type of stone, usually glassy, with a naturally occurring hole through it. Such stones have been discovered by archaeologists in both Britain and Egypt. Commonly, they are found in Northern Germany at the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas.
In Britain they are also called hag stones, witch stones, serpent's eggs, snake's eggs, or Glain Neidr in Wales, milpreve in Cornwall, adderstanes in the south of Scotland and Gloine nan Druidh ("Druids' glass" in Scottish Gaelic) in the north. In Egypt they are called aggry or aggri.
Adder stones were believed to have magical powers such as protection against eye diseases or evil charms, preventing nightmares, curing whooping cough, the ability to see through fairy or witch disguises and traps if looked at through the middle of the stone, and of course recovery from snakebite. According to popular conception, a true adder stone will float in water. Three traditions exist as to the origins of adder stones. One holds that the stones are the hardened saliva of large numbers of serpents massing together, the perforations being caused by their tongues. The second claims that an adder stone comes from the head of a serpent or is made by the sting of an adder. The third is more modern (and much easier to attain). It details that the stone can be any rock with a hole bored through the middle by water. Human intervention (i.e., direction of water or placement of the stone) is not allowed.
Adder stone was held in high esteem amongst the Druids. It was one of their distinguishing badges, and was accounted to possess the most extraordinary virtues.
There is a passage in Pliny’s Natural History, book xix, minutely describing the nature and the properties of this amulet. The following is a translation of it:
"There is a sort of egg in great repute among the Gauls, of which the Greek writers have made no mention. A vast number of serpents are twisted together in summer, and coiled up in an artificial knot by their saliva and slime; and this is called "the serpent's egg". The druids say that it is tossed in the air with hissings and must be caught in a cloak before it touches the earth. The person, who thus intercepts it, flies on horseback; for the serpents will pursue him until prevented by intervening water. This egg, though bound in gold will swim against the stream. And the magi are cunning to conceal their frauds; they give out that this egg must be obtained at a certain age of the moon. I have seen that egg as large and as round as a common sized apple, in a chequered cartilaginous cover, and worn by the Druids. It is wonderfully extolled for gaining lawsuits, and access to kings. It is a badge which is worn with such ostentation, that I knew a Roman knight, a Vocontian, who was slain by the stupid emperor Claudius, merely because he wore it in his breast when a lawsuit was pending."
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