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Lõetsa Mualjaste Stone

Location
State:
Estonia
Region:
Muhu Parish
County:
Saare
Parish:
Muhu
Other references to the location
Lõetsa village, 630 to the North and

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North-East along the soil road from the Suure-Jaagu farm, from there to the East for 30 m along a soil road, between junipers.
Coordinates
lat=58.649007890113, lon=23.335496006686
58° 38' 56" N, 23° 20' 7" E
Description

7 m long, 5 m wide, 1,5 m high. In the lower part of the stone there is a small natural hole filled with water. Dark grey.

Narrative

The stone has been used for healing and sacrifices. 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 conspicuously large stone between junipers along the dirt road.
Availability
30 m down an overgrown road.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
Parking for cars by the side of the gravel road.
Local info
Marker for protected archaeological monument in Estonian
Capacity
0-9
Publicity
Unknown
Legal Status
Private land, heritage conservation

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