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Fascinating Variolites along the coast of Maguelone ,southern France

(the  ancient stones of the shepherd)

 


Variolites are a kind of diorite(greenish) or diabase containing imbedded whitish spherules, which give them their distinctive spotted appearance.

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 glaciers.

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, neolitic  "men-doctors", 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 universality.

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"  

Thank you  

 

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

‘The Ancient Stones of the Shepherds’


Variolites are a
kind of diorite (greenish) igneous rock containing imbedded whitish spherules, which give them their distinctive spotted appearance.

They are sometimes known as Peira picota (speckled stone of the shepherds from the Cevennes ) or Peire de veire (stones that heal from the Ardeche region)

They originate in the immeasurably deep chasms of the Alps where pillow-shaped lava formed from underwater eruptions meet the cold water of the oceans.

Over 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.

Neolithic "men-doctors", Gallic Druids, medieval hawkers and shepherds from the Provence and Languedoc regions believed that Variolite had healing and protecting properties often wearing them as Amulets.

Buffon, 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.

With 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.

Variolite 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"

Thank you

 

 

and Here is the wikipedia's article about variolites   Here 

 

   

 

 

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