Visiting dolmens: sacred sites of our ancestors

Today we made a little trip with the car to visit some neolithical monuments just over the border. We live in Emmen in the province of Drenthe. In this area it is well known for it’s dolmens, but ofcourse since we live here, we already visit them quite regularly.

So every now and then we jump into the car and go just across the border, to the Emsland in Germany. That sounds very far but its only a 45 minute drive to the area that I like. It’s in Niedersachsen – thats Lower Saxony in English.

The dolmens there are in the same style as they are here, only over the border there are more larger ones. For me visiting such sites works very inspiring. I have a thing for the past, for cultures, migration, linguistics or languages as you will. I like to see the links, and love landscapes and imagine how different tribes traveled and what appealed to them.

The area we visited today is very rich in dolmens, stone altars, and the setting of the villages still is very natural. The nice thing about the germans vs the dutch is that the germans maintain their forests less. This means it is more natural, a dutch forest is much more like a park, where the paths have to be clear, and signs everywhere so people cannot loose their way. In germany, to me it is more at ease, and it gives a more relxing at ease state of mind.

Today we only visited 1 dolmen, one that we hadn’t found before, a forest altar of christian making, and a newly build stonecircle that is made there in 2002. But as said before, there are many more dolmens in the area, so it’s definately worth to visit whenever you’re near.

I noticed that I like the fact how stone still in our communities and villages still plays a big role. I as well for example used stones to mark the boundaries of my front garden. Alot of people, especially the farmers use the stones in the fields to use arround their houses as fencings, name-stones, or simply for their beauty and decoration.

The forest altar is only about a mile away from the dolmen in the same forest. It’s a big offreing stone made on a floor of pebbles. A cross is added to keep it “christian”, as also in the stone circle the christian holidays are marked as well.

To us it doesn’t really matter what people call themselves, for me it’s nice to see that people are still drawn to the stones, still drawn into nature and it’s relaxing inspiring vibes that come from the stones.

As you can see in the photos, the places are still used for sacred practice. People visit them, still have ritual there, if it only is to burn a candle, leave a small offering or simply meditate. These monuments hold our memory, they tickle our awareness and show us that we still are the same people in the same land.. And we still recognize the sacred when we are confronted with it.

Again I can keep trying to describe what the ancestors mean, what a sacred site does to a person and why I love to dwell in the landscape, but I think those that are of the same understand perfectly what I mean, even if I didn’t use that many words!

Here a map with the gps-track for those that indeed want to check the places out for themselves:

Please leave a comment if you apreciate my posts, so I know that very rarely someone passes by 😀



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Interested in germanic heathenry, lore, original fairy- and folktales, shamanism and lots of other related worldly stuff. I walk and cycle alot in nature, read, play various instruments etc.

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