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Koguva Mualja Stone

Location
State:
Estonia
Region:
Muhu Parish
County:
Saare
Parish:
Muhu
Other references to the location
Koguva village, in the garden of the Käspri farm, behind the granary opposite the dwelling house, 6 m from it.
Coordinates
lat=58.595263684092, lon=23.080072700697
58° 35' 42" N, 23° 4' 48" E
Description

Size ca 60 x 70 cm, almost level with the ground, with a flat cracked surface, partly covered with duff and

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grass. There are some old horse shoes and other metal objects used for healing on the stone.

Narrative

The stone has been used to treat diseases, above all those of the skin. It is believed that “mualja/moalja” in the Muhu language is a contraction of the word maahaldjas (rural spirit). In Estonian folk religion, some diseases come from the earth or from earth spirits. Thus Moaljakivi is a stone where such diseases can be returned to earth. There are tens of Moaljakivi stones in Muhu. Old metal objects were typically used for healing purposes (especially worn horseshoes and nails). After the metal object is pressed to the afflicted area, it is laid on the stone. The disease is transferred to someone else when the object is touched.

Attraction
A modest-looking stone, but attractive historical farm buildings.
Availability
The stone can be accessed through the yard of Käspri farm.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
Tourist farm (Käspri), parking for cars or bus.
Local info
none
Capacity
0-9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private land, heritage conservation

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