Variolites of Maguelone
Thank you to Frank VB, for TRANSLATION
Fascinating Variolites along
the coast of
(the ancient stones of the shepherd)
Find at Maguelone an
ancestral use !
Stones that are forgotten in
our days… classified as precious stones formerly, the variolites
fascinate since a long time.
Born in the abysses of the
Alps, where meet lava and the cold water of the oceans, in the
hart of Pillow-lavas, then deported and split up by antique
Rold under the form of round
stones, by the rivers la Durance, le Rhone and polished by the
waves and currants of the Mediterranean Sea, to end their astonishing
travel on the coasts of Aigues-Mortes and Maguelone.
During several centuries,
Gallic Druids, gerissors and medieval hawkers, then shepherds from
the Provence and Languedoc and other curious or passionated people
"track" them with respect and admiration.
Amulet, protecting talisman,
Peira picota (speckled stone of the shepherds from
the Cevennes) Peire de veire (" stone of
poison or "stone that heals in the Ardeche mainly) these
curiosities of nature intrigue and attract our ancestors, since
always convinced that the Nature conceals remedy to all aches.
Since Buffon, Faujas de
Saint Fond and the first scholars, science has nowadays revealed a
number of mysteries of its origin, its appearance, its chemical
and mineral composition and highlighted its rareness an
With the appearance of more
efficient treatments, and at the end of the main epidemics,
therapeutic and protecting use have almost disappeared from the
South of France.
In the 21st century it's now
essentially the esthetic aspect, its originality and the souvenir
of the traditions of our ancestors that counts, even if for some…
These key finders and
pendentives, souvenirs of your visit to Maguelone, will probably
never carry the "keys of Saint Pierre" Saint of the
island and it's prestigious old roman cathedral, neither the hart
of the "beautiful Maguelone", but will open, for whom
that want, the doors of a passionate world: the history of the
variolites (to discover on http://www.variolite.fr)
By buying you support the
association "les Compagnons de Maguelone"
This is an other version of translation by Diana Reeds and Clive Smith: Thank you too
Fascinating Variolites along the coast of Maguelone, Southern France
Ancient Stones of the Shepherds’
are sometimes known as Peira picota (speckled
stone of the shepherds from the
originate in the immeasurably deep chasms of the
the centuries, these masses have then been crushed and forced by
glacial action, transported by the Durance and Rhine rivers,
polished by the Mediterranean waves and finally, ending their
journey along the coasts of Aigues-Morte and Maguelone.
"men-doctors", Gallic Druids, medieval hawkers and
shepherds from the
Faujas de Saint Fond and the early scientific scholars revealed a
number of mysteries around these stones - its appearance - it’s
chemical and mineral composition and so highlighted them as rare
and intriguing curiosities of nature. - suggesting to us that
nature can remedy illness.
the discovery of more modern efficient medicine the therapeutic
and protecting use of these stones has since disappeared from the
South of France and now in the 21st century they are essentially
used for their aesthetic qualities.
However it is the traditions and history of Variolite that intrigues us and hopefully will do for many years to come.
souvenirs of your visit to beautiful Maguelone can be purchased on
our website and will hopefully act as a reminder to our charming
history of this unusual stone.http://www.variolite.fr)
Your contributions ( when purchased made on Cathedral of Maguelone) will support the association "les Compagnons de Maguelone"
and Here is the wikipedia's article about variolites Here