Singing stones

“Consciousness of self in others, consciousness of diversity that breaks the mould of prejudice, remains a mystery to science.” — Wilson Harris

Stones that sing are found in tradition and reality around the world: Tibet, Guyana, Hawai’i, California, Pennsylvania, Great Britain, and so on. Some stones sing when touched or tapped or rubbed; some sing when wind or water passes over or around them. The singing of some stones can only be heard at certain times of day or in certain seasons. Some believe that stones only sing to herald a happening of great significance; others believe that the stones are always singing but we seldom bother to listen.

The singing of stones is often described as low in pitch and dark or gravelly in tone. Because stonesong is not often heard by humans, it can sound unfamiliar and unsettling, leading to descriptions such as otherworldly or eerie. Stones may sing in clear, steady tones or in a chorus of tones that sounds like sighing or humming. The very idea of stonesong calls to mind whalesong or the language of Tolkien’s Ents: profound and unhurried, with great dignity.


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