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Buskam surfacing, 2007

The Buskam, also Buhskam or Buskamen is a large boulder 150 to 200 meters of the coast off Göhren, Rügen, northern Germany.[1] Boulders (German: Findlinge) had been scattered all over northern Germany by the glaciers of the Ice Age, but usually are much smaller. The Buskam has a capacity of about 600 km2, a circumference of about 40 meters, and weighs about 1,500 tons.[1]

Cavities in the rock indicate that the Buskam was used as a ritual place in prehistory,[1] when such caved rocks were commonly used for ritual sacrifice. An iron crucifix was attached to it after introduction of Christianity.[1]

According to local legends, the Buskamen is the site where witches dance during Walpurgis Night, also mermaids are supposed to often dance on the rock.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Ingrid Schmidt, Hünengrab und Opferstein, Hinstorff, Rostock 2001, p.42, ISBN 3-356-00917-6

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