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Falling Rock Signs found in Germany

Pelm, 17.viii.1996; pict. C. Vanhercke
Weiskirchen, 31.v.2019; pict. H. De Meyer
vi.1998; pict. A. Guët

Feldberg, 28.viii.2002; pict. C. Vanhercke
German boulders act as good children of their nation: they strike fear by their size. They come in two versions: one with four and the other with five stones. The latter version seems to be the more widespread kind. Sometimes a mirrrored drawing can be found.

Notice that there is a the stone which is already down on the ground. This is a rare occurrence. Portugal and Spain are among the few other countries showing this feature. In both countries the boulder has been deformed by the impact.

The German artist, however, froze the move­ment at the very moment of touching down, just before any distortion could happen. That explains also why the stone seems to balance on one of its short sides.

Our last sample is not easy to interpret. It all depends on the meaning of the huge black dot. If this dot represents a rock then we are looking at a Fallen Rock Sign. If not then the find can't be part of the collection.

A similar sign which is clearly no Falling Rock sign — because the caption says dāng xīn zhuì luò — is reported from Hanzou, China: in that case no boulder is shown next to the person. Other people falling down accompanied by rocks were found in f.e. Faeroe and Canada.

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