A quick stop at the dolmen near Reignier …

Since today is the day of the winter solstice (which is the shortest day in the year), I thought it would be apt that I share on our visit to the dolmen at Reigner in neighbouring France (in the hamlet of Saint-Ange on the plains of des Rocailles to be precise) … since these ancient stones used to play an important role during the winter solstice celebration a couple of thousand of years ago.

So last week as we were making our way back to the parents’ home after the nice walk we had had round Lac de Machillywe got to see and even managed to capture on camera …

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… this tiny dolmen (located beside a main highway) almost fully covered under the snow. This prompted the hubby to want to see the other dolmen that can be found not that far away so that we could take some photos of it … covered with snow, too. Fortunately for us, the daddy-man was very obliging and accommodating … and agreed to drive us there.

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The last time (and the first time, too) that I came to see this dolmen was about 10 years ago. And since it was also that long ago that the hubby had last seen this dolmen, it therefore took a while for us to locate it. But we did … or at least the hubby and the daddy-man did lah … since I have no idea how to get there at all! hehehe … 🙂

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And since it was in summer when the hubby (and his brother) first brought me to visit this dolmen … it was therefore nice to be able to see again these ancient stones after so many years … in a different season as well as to be able to see them covered with snow!

This dolmen is called la Pierre-aux-Fées (the Fairies Stone) and dates back to 2000 – 3000 BC. According to the local legend … as a precondition for marrying his daughter, a nobleman had instructed a young man to carry four large and heavy stones to the plains to serve as the wedding banquet table … all within one night. Taking pity on the young man, one of the fairies decided to help to carry these heavy stones so that he could complete his task … which thus gave this dolmen its name. This stone table or dolmen measures 4.9m long, 4.5 m wide, 1.1 m thick and weighs 80 tonnes (source: Édouard Charton, Le magasin pittoresque, volume, 30, 1862, Paris, page 287).

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The other name for this dolmen is la Pierre des morts (Stone of the dead) as it is believed that some sacrificial rites might have been carried out on these huge stone slabs.

And it is also believed that three underground streams meet beneath the dolmen and that there is a strong presence of energy within these ancient stones.

The hubby claimed that he could feel the energy emitted by these ancient stones when he stood at the centre of the ‘fairies stone’ and touched them. Encouraged by the hubby to try and feel the energy, too … I did the same. But errr … no, I could not feel any surge of energy going through me when I touched the stone lah! 🙂

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Before we left the fairies stone … we decided to have our picture taken in front of these ancient stones while they were covered in snow … as a little souvenir of our visit to this ancient site.

Related entries on other dolmens and prehistoric stones:

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