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The Longstone of Mottistone

Standing Stone / Menhir


Apparently -

Mottistone means 'speaker's stone' in Old English. The Druids are supposed to have sacrificed white bulls beside the longstone (white cattle with red ears belonged to the fairies or came from the Celtic underworld, so perhaps that is relevant). The two stones here have been interpreted as male and female. Perhaps it's more likely they are the remains of a destroyed burial chamber with more stones.
(folklore found in the Reader's Digest 'Folklore Myths and Legends of Britain')
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th May 2002ce
Edited 13th October 2016ce

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