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2009-02-07

menhir

Kungsängens kyrka cemetery. It is not very common with a menhir as gravestone in Sweden. This one was raised in the eighteen hundreds by the family Bodenstjerna.

Kungsängens kyrka (map) 21 January 2009 | others bloggar

7 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Nice photo, an eerie effect. Great fun to see a menhir outside of Brittany!

humanobserver said...

Beautiful shot...

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

good night shot and it has a bit of the eerie feel also. I like to go and walk through cemeteries when I am traveling. They are always interesting. I also liked your passages photo for theme day.Thanks for stopping by my website to check out the Chihuly glass art. I put a new photo of Chihuly glass up today

Lena Johansson said...

I had to look in my wordlist to find out what a menhir is in Swedish. The Swedish word is bautasten.
Then I had to read my ethymological book "Våra Ord"(Our Words) by Elias Wesse´n. It tells me it is a remembering-stone without a text, the Icelandic word is bautarsteinn.
A beautiful photo!

Peter Fristedt said...

Lena: Same here, but the other way around. Say "bautasten" and I immediately think of Obelix, the proud Gaul menhir sculptor.

cieldequimper Julie: Eerie, yes! Good I had two friends accompanying me.

humanobserver: Thanks! I think maybe it's time to move on from the cemetery now.

Thank you all for stopping by. We appreciate it.

Halcyon said...

Interesting. I once visited a whole "cemetary" full of menhirs when I live in Bretagne. I think it was near Morbihan. Neat that the menhir-loving people made it all the way up to Sweden!

Peter Fristedt said...

Halcyon: Ah, so that's where my ancestors came from! :o)

I have no real knowledge of this, but in my book Brittany and France are the home of menhirs (I may be coloured of the Asterix cartoon). Here in Scandinavia, as Vikings, we are more to runestones.

A couple of runestones published here at pixels.

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