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Stone Lore and Legend

The simple stone is fairly mundane to us today, but there was a time when various stones were considered invaluable. Some of the old European lore surrounding rocks is:

  • Gargates- Black Amber believed to have many paranormal virtues.
  • Garnet- Believed to preserve health and joy, but often disastrous for love.
  • Emerald- Preservative against decay. Believed to heal venomous bites and help during childbirth.
  • Draconite- A stone believed to have came from a dragon’s skull. The stone was shiny, black and shaped like a pyramid. It is believed this stone cured poisons and endowed the possessor with courage.
  • Demonius- A stone believe to have came from a “demoniacal rainbow.”
  • Chrysoprase- A green and gold stone believed to cure or improve weakness of sight.
  • Chelldonius- A stone from a swallow. It was believed to be good against melancholy.
  • Cerraclus- Multi-colored stone that falls from the sky and reflects the likeness of the holder.
  • Ceionitis- Also called Celontes, this stone is found inside a tortoise that resists fire.
  • Cactomite- A prized stone that ensures victory in battles.
  • Brimstone- While associated with evil, this stone was supposed to ward off evil from people.
  • Bezoar- Stones found in the corpses of dead animals, believed to heal injuries.
  • Beryl- Believed to preserve wedding love.
  • Belocolus- A white stone with a black pupil, renders wearer invisible.
  • Balasius- A purple or rose colored stone. Overcomes vanity, reconciles and brings health.
  • Antrachas- Also called Anthrax. This red, sparkling stone has white streaks. It is said to cure boils or posthumes.
  • Antiphates- A shiny black stone that defends against witchcraft.

More stone legend and lore soon.


Folklore South of the Border:

Mexico is filled with fascinating mythology that stems far beyond the Aztecs. Unfortunately, with so much emphasis on the Aztec civilization, the old lore is long forgotten by much of the world, now only found in historic texts.

One such legend is that of Ciupipiltin. The Ciupipiltin is akin to the vampire. She is always the vengeful spirit of a mother who died during childbirth, most often during the birth of her first child. She is often portrayed as wailing and weeping for the child she is separated from.

She returns jealous of those who survive the ordeal and prone to whisk away infants during the night. Some accounts state the Ciupipiltin is vengeful of all the living and wants to bring as much harm, if not death, to all she can.

History tells us that many were so terrified of this entity they would seal every crack in their home with mud to ensure she couldn’t slip in.

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