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Menhirs, Dolmen, and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone Paperback – August 10, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0875863498 ISBN-10: 0875863493 Edition: illustrated edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing; illustrated edition edition (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875863493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875863498
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary R. Varner writes about geology, archaeology and anthropology, folklore and ancient traditions, sharing a fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures. His recent books include:


  • Essays in Contemporary Paganism (2000)

  • Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells & Waters (2002)

  • Water of Life Water of Death: The Folklore and Mythology of Sacred Water (Fall 2004)

  • Varner lives in Oregon; he is a member of the Oregon Writers Colony, the American Folklore Society and the Joseph Campbell Foundation.


More About the Author

Gary R. Varner is a lecturer and writer on folklore and early religions. He is the author of a series of popular books comparing legends and beliefs around the world published by Algora Publishers as well as other publishing companies. His approach incorporates details from ancient cultures and from Native American, UK and European, Asian, South Pacific and African folklore.

Varner has traveled extensively to research his projects, most notably to England, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Mexico and the American West,Southwest and most recently to the Southeastern parts of the United States.He is a member of various sections of the American Folklore Society. Varner's focus centers around ancient traditions and how those traditions, along with their folklore and mythology, continue to play an important part in contemporary society. He is listed in successive editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World reference works. He has recently appeared on various television shows discussing architectural symbolism and will be featured in up coming History Channel broadcasts. He also has research papers featured on academia.edu.

Varner lives in northern California. His website is popular with those interested in pre-Christian religions, traditional beliefs, myths, legends and superstitions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Silvernail Sweat on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book as an excellent catalgoue of folk wisdom on sacred stone, the use of it, and myths surrounding it. It also provides a dizzying list of sites, both modern and ancient, throughout the text of menhirs, dolmens, stone circles, outcroppings, and other sacred sites. If you have any interest in stone folklore and magick, you will enjoy this read.
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It is a book that needed editing. Lots of good and random material, but too random, jumping from legend to archaeology, to history to continents.
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