‘Cursing Stone’ Found On Isle Of Canna

450px-Cursing_Stone,_Carlisle_-_geograph.org.uk_-_916217Would you test the powers of the cursing stone? The first ever uncovered in Scotland, it supposedly can cast a spell when it is rotated while the proper prayer is spoken. BBC reports:

A stone discovered by chance in an old graveyard on the Isle of Canna is Scotland’s first known example of a bullaun “cursing stone”, experts have revealed. Dating from about 800 AD, the stones are associated with early Christian crosses – of which there is one on the isle.

It was later found to fit exactly into a large rectangular stone with a worn hole which was located at the base of the Canna cross. Traditionally, the pilgrim would recite a prayer while turning the stone clockwise, wearing a depression or hole in the stone underneath.

Katherine Forsyth, an expert in the history and culture of early Celtic-speaking peoples, based at the University of Glasgow, described it as an “amazing find”.

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4 Responses to ‘Cursing Stone’ Found On Isle Of Canna

  1. Andy May 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    This is fake.  At 800 A.D., the language would look nothing like what is written on the stone.  In fact, it might not be in any form of English at all for that time period.  HOAX!

    • VoxMagi May 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      Click the BBC article link…not the stock photo. The actual stone isn’t inscribed with words…but crude simple symbols. The stock photo is of an entirely different and clearly recently made example of a cursing stone.

  2. Jason Cortright May 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    That’s not the actual stone in the posted photo, for some reason.

  3. citizen69 May 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    The stone in the photo is a modern construction representing a curse put on the Border Reivers in Scotland in 1525 by a Glasgow Archbishop. The floor is covered with the family names of the Reivers.

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