Top Ten Rocks/Stones

Top Ten Rocks/Stones

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  1. Philosopher’s Stone
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    The philosopher’s stone (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals (lead, for example) into gold (chrysopoeia) or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in Western alchemy. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment and heavenly bliss.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher%27s_stone,
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  2. Cintāmaṇi
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    Cintāmaṇi also spelled as Chintamani (or the Chintamani Stone) is a wish-fulfilling jewel within both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, equivalent to the philosopher’s stone in Western alchemy. In Buddhism it is held by the bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara and Ksitigarbha. It is also seen carried upon the back of the Lung ta (wind horse) which is depicted on Tibetan prayer flags. By reciting the Dharani of Cintamani, Buddhist tradition maintains that one attains the Wisdom of Buddha, able to understand the truth of the Buddha and turn afflictions into Bodhi. It is said to allow one to see the Holy Retinue of Amitabha and assembly upon one’s deathbed. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition the Chintamani is sometimes depicted as a luminous pearl and is in the possession of several of different forms of the Buddha. Within Hinduism it is connected with the gods, Vishnu and Ganesha. In Hindu tradition it is often depicted as a fabulous jewel in the possession of the Naga king or as on the forehead of the Makara. The Yoga Vasistha, originally written in the 10th century AD, contains a story about the cintamani.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cintamani,
  3. Foundation Stone, Israel
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    The Foundation Stone or Rock is the name of the rock at the heart of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. It is also known as the Pierced Stone because it has a small hole on the southeastern corner that enters a cavern beneath the rock, known as the Well of Souls. It is the holiest site in Judaism, as well as a holy site in Islam. Revered as the Noble Sanctuary and the destination of Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, the site is also associated with Jewish biblical prophets who are also venerated in Islam. The al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, the oldest extant Islamic structure in the world, currently stand on the site.
    Links: Top Ten Israeli Attractions,
  4. Aztec Calendar Stone, Mexico
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    The Aztec calendar stone, Mexica sun stone, Stone of the Sun, or Stone of the Five Eras, is a large monolithic sculpture that was excavated in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square, on December 17, 1790. It was discovered whilst Mexico City Cathedral was being repaired. The stone is around 12 foot across and weighs about 24 tons.
    Links: Top 100 Mandalas, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_the_Sun,
  5. The Stone of the South, Baalbek, Lebanon
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    Links: Top Ten Megaliths,
  6. Black Stone, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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    The Black Stone is a Muslim relic, which according to Islamic tradition dates back to the time of Adam and HAWA. Some consider it to be a tektite or a meteorite. It is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient sacred stone building towards which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Stone is roughly 30 cm (12 in.) in diameter, and 1.5 meters (5 ft.) above the ground. When pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj, many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone seven times, emulating the kiss that it, according to Islamic tradition, received from the Islamic prophet Muhammad. If they cannot reach it, they point to it on each of their seven circuits around the Kaaba. The Stone was broken into a number of pieces from damage inflicted during the Middle Ages. The pieces are held together by a silver frame, which is fastened by silver nails to the Stone.
    Links: Top 100 Islamic Artifacts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Stone,
  7. Aztec Stone of Tizoc and Aztec Temple Stone
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    The Stone of Tizoc, Tizoc Stone or Sacrificial Stone is a large, round, carved Aztec stone, rediscovered on 17 December 1791. It is thought to have been a quauhxicalli, in which the hearts of victims of sacrifice were placed. Around its side are depictions of Texcatlipoca, a major Aztec god, holding the patron gods of other places by the hair. Aztec glyphs give the name of the conquered place, which may have already been conquered, or is considered divinely ordained to be conquered. One of the figures, however, is identified as Tizoc, the Aztec Emperor from 1481 to 1486, who is dressed in the costume of the god Huitzilopochtli. This has led to the stone’s association with Tizoc. The stone is currently in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
    Links: Top Ten Aztec Artifacts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Tizoc,
  8. Angel Stone
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  9. The Stone of the Anointing
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  10. Bonus: Sumerian Gods Holy Radiating Stone
    ““Where is the holy Radiating Stone which disintegrates all?” Marduk asked.”
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  11. Bonus: Tuaoi Stone or Fire Stone
             The Crystal itself, the Tuaoi Stone, or Fire Stone, was an Atlantean Power Crystal. It was huge in size, cylindrical in length, and prismatic in shape, cut with six sides. Atop the crystal was a moveable capstone, used to both concentrate incoming rays of energy, and to direct currents to various parts of the Atlantean countryside. It appears that the Crystal gathered solar, lunar, stellar, atmospheric and Earth energies as well as unknown elemental forces and concentrated these at a specific point, located between the top of the Crystal and the bottom of the capstone. The energy was used for various purposes. In the beginning it was used as purely a spiritual tool by initiates who could handle the great energy. The early Atlanteans were peaceful people. As they developed more physical material bodies, they used the crystal to rejuvenate their bodies and were able to live hundreds of years while maintaining a youthful appearance. Later the Great Crystal was put to other uses. Currents of energy were transmitted throughout the land, like radio waves, and powered by these, crafts and vehicles traversed the land, through the sky and under the sea at the speed of sound. By utilization of other currents originating from the Great Crystal, the Atlanteans were also able to transmit over great distances the human voice, and pictures, like modern television. In the same manner, even heat and light could be directed to specific buildings or open arenas, giving illumination and warmth by seemingly invisible means.
    Links: Top Ten Mysterious Artifacts, http://www.crystalinks.com/crystalpyr.html,
  12. Bonus: Rock of Gibraltar
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    The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Greeks as Mons Calpe, the other pillar being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times the two points marked the limit to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Phoenicians.
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  13. Benben Stone
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    Benben or Ben-ben, in Egyptian mythology, specifically in the Heliopolitan tradition, was the mound that arose from the primordial waters, Nu, and on which the creator god Atum settled. In the Pyramid Texts, e.g. Utterances 587 and 600, Atum himself is at times referred to as “mound.” It was said to have turned into a small pyramid, located in Annu, which was the place Atum was said to dwell within. Other cities developed their own myths of the primeval mound. At Memphis the god Tatenen, an earth god and the origin of all things in the shape of food and viands, divine offers, all good things was the personification of the primeval mound. The Benben stone, named after the mound, was a sacred stone in the solar temple of Heliopolis. It was the location on which the first rays of the sun fell. It is thought to have been the prototype for later obelisks, and the capstones of the great pyramids were based on its design. Their tips (pyramidia) were probably gilded. The phoenix, the bennu bird, was venerated at Heliopolis, where it was said to be living on the Benben or on the holy willow. According to B Kemp the connection between the benben, the phoenix, and the sun may well have been based on alliteration: the rising, weben, of the sun sending its rays towards the benben, on which the benu bird lives. Utterance 600 of the Pyramid Texts speaks of Atum as you rose up, as the benben, in the Mansion of the Benu in Heliopolis (Hart, p.16).
    Links: Top Ten Pyramidians, Top Ten Extraterrestrial Artifacts, Top Ten Artifacts Depicting Extraterrestrials, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benben,
  14. Bonus: Sham “Destiny” Stone“It was the SHAM (“Destiny“) Stone. Emitting a red radiance which Ninurta “saw in the darkness,” it was the pulsating heart of the pyramid.”
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  15. Bonus: Titikalla
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    Lake Titicaca gets its name from one of two islands, where legends tell, the rays of the Sun had struck Titikalla, the sacred rock.
    Links: Top Ten Gates, Top Ten Lakes, Top Ten South American Lakes,
  16. Bonus: Thunder Stone
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    The Thunder Stone is the base of the equestrian statue of Peter the Great now known as the Bronze Horseman. It is likely the largest stone ever moved by man.
    Links: Top Ten Megaliths,
  17. Stonehenge Altar Stone
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  18. Stone of Destiny (aka Coronation Stone)
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    The Stone of Scone, also commonly known as the Stone of Destiny or the Coronation Stone is an oblong block of red sandstone, used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland, the monarchs of England and more recently, British monarchs. Historically, the artifact was kept at the now-ruined Scone Abbey in Scone, near Perth, Scotland. Other names by which it has sometimes been known include Jacob’s Pillow Stone and the Tanist Stone, and in Scottish Gaelic, clach-na-cinneamhain, clach Sgàin, and Lia(th) Fàil. Its size is about 26 inches (660 mm) by 16.75 inches (425 mm) by 10.5 inches (270 mm) in size and weighs approximately 336 pounds (152 kg). The top bears chisel-marks. At each end of the stone is an iron ring, apparently intended to make transport easier.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone,
  19. Aso Rock
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    Aso Rock is a large outcrop that is on the outskirts of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. The Aso Rock is a 400 meter monolith and is the city’s most noticeable feature. The Nigerian Presidential Complex, Nigerian National Assembly, and Nigerian Supreme Court are located around it. Much of the town extends to the south of the rock. “Aso” means victorious in the native language of the (now displaced) Asokoro (“the people of victory”). Aso Rock was the site of the 2003 Aso Rock Declaration, issued by Heads of Government of the Commonwealth during the CHOGM held in Abuja. It reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s principles as detailed under the Harare Declaration, but set the ‘promotion of democracy and development’ as the organization’s priorities.
    Links: Top Ten Nigerian Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aso_Rock,
  20. Zanata Stone

    The Zanata Stone is a small rock with inscriptions presumably of Guanche origin. The stone was found in 1992 near a mountain known as the Mountain of the Flowers, in the municipality of El Tanque in the northwestern part of Tenerife. The stone depicts a kind of fish, and according to Rafael Gonzalez Antón, the director of the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife, its characters appear to be Tifinagh, an alphabetic script used by some Berber peoples. The stone was analyzed by Rafael Muñoz, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies of the University of La Laguna. The stone is considered the Rosetta Stone of the Canary Islands. The Zanata Stone seems to have been related to magical-religious world of the Guanches. The Zanata Stone seems to support the theory of a Punic presence in the archipelago that utilized Berber labor. Some Guanches of Tenerife were known as Zanata or Zenete, or “those with a cut tongue.”
    Links: Top Ten Canary Island Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanata_Stone,
  21. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_Stone