Black Stone


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Black Stone

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Islamic tradition says the black stone built into the foundation of the Kaaba in Mecca was given to Abraham and his son Ishmael by the angel Gabriel as a sign of God's pleasure. Many archaeologists believe it had been a meteor, and some stories say it fell to Earth when Adam and Eve were evicted from Eden. However it happened, a journey to the black stone of Mecca is part of the pilgrimage required of all Muslims and is holy to all who finally visit the place toward which they have faced each time they prayed.

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He turned to fly down the mountain, and in one moment became a black stone.
"He is changed into a black stone," answered the dervish, "like all the rest who have gone on the same errand, and you will become one likewise if you are not more careful in following my directions." Then he charged the prince, as he valued his life, to take no heed of the clamour of voices that would pursue him up the mountain, and handing him a ball from the bag, which still seemed to be half full, he sent him on his way.
Take it, and, as you go down the mountain, scatter a little of the water it contains over every black stone and you will soon find your two brothers."
At every black stone she stopped and sprinkled it with water, and as the water touched it the stone instantly became a man.
On each side you will see vast heaps of big black stones, and will hear a multitude of insulting voices, but pay no heed to them, and, above all, beware of ever turning your head.
He paused for a moment and looked round him at the masses of black stones with which the sides of the mountain were covered, and then began resolutely to ascend.
On gaining it, Kory-Kory, wading up to his hips in the water, carried me half way across, and deposited me on a smooth black stone which rose a few inches above the surface.
{touchstone = a variety of black stone used to test the purity of gold, by the streak it leaves when rubbed on the stone}
Near him, her black form merged in the night, like a figure half chiselled out of a block of black stone. It was impossible to say what she knew, how deep she was involved with policemen and Embassies.
In place of corn, he had black stones for his usual food; and yet, in spite of so hard a diet, he was so strong and swift that he would drag a load more weighty than the grandest temple in this city, at a rate surpassing that of the flight of most birds.'"
"'I saw, also, among these people a hen without feathers, but bigger than a camel; instead of flesh and bone she had iron and brick; her blood, like that of the horse, (to whom, in fact, she was nearly related,) was boiling water; and like him she ate nothing but wood or black stones. This hen brought forth very frequently, a hundred chickens in the day; and, after birth, they took up their residence for several weeks within the stomach of their mother.'"
The valleys are full of boulders and black stones. There's not a blade of grass to see; and the sun sets more red over that country than I have seen it anywhere--blood-red and angry.