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Pärase Moaljaste Stone

Location
State:
Estonia
Region:
Muhu Parish
County:
Saare
Parish:
Muhu
Other references to the location
Pärase village. From Kuivastu-Kuressaare road to the Hellamaa-Nõmmküla road, from there 2 km to the North-East, from there 940 m along the village road to the North-West, from there 100 m along the Toome farm's entrance road to the South-East, to the left of the farm's entrance gate at the stone fence.
Coordinates
lat=58.623332156962, lon=23.300497627478
58° 37' 23" N, 23° 18' 1" E
Description

0,65 m long, 0,4 m wide, 0,2 m high, blackish grey. The upper part has been destroyed. There sre two cup-marks with indeterminate origin, diameter 7-10 cm, depth 4-5 cm.

Narrative

The stone has been used for healing and

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sacrifices. In the first half of the 20th century, the stone was split and its top half remained. 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
Relatively modest-looking
Availability
100 m by foot down an overgrown farm entrance road.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
Parking for cars by the side of the gravel road.
Local info
none
Capacity
0-9
Publicity
Unknown
Legal Status
Private land, heritage conservation

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