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Cursing Stones Of Ireland: When Christianity And Pagans Pooled Their Sacred Water

The act of cursing a person, place, or thing is found in many cultures around the world. It is usually a ceremony which features words either spoken or written in conjunction with some sort of ritual item such as cursing tablets from Mesopotamia, carvings such inscription B257 of the Bryggen rune staves , or figures representing a victim (such as voodoo dolls and poppets) which are found in a multitude of cultures the world round. In many cases the same ritual used for a blessing is performed in reverse to modify it into a curse, and the surviving accounts of early Christian use of Bullán stones suggest that this was the case in this instance. Christians would make pilgrimages to Bullán stones and recite prayers while turning a rock in the depression clockwise to make a blessing. To curse someone, the stones would be turned counter clockwise. It is bizarre that a practice which seems positively heathen to the uninitiated was practiced by Christians with no contemporary sources acknowledging how unchristian the ritual was… (READ MORE)


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