Cairns

By J. A. Coburn

The word cairn or càrn comes from the Scottish Gaelic language which describes stones dry stacked to form a balanced tower to great and impressive structures or megaliths. Cairns from prehistoric times to the present have been and are used for a broad variety of purposes from landmarks to graves and barrows even bearing spiritual significance.

Cairn building is a continued custom carried into the modern world straight through since ancient times, Hyperboreans having never ceased in their construction.While many peoples have stacked stones for a variety of reasons each people having their own purposes, Hyperboreans of course have their own unique approach and reasoning.

A Cairn used as a Tomb in Scotland

While technically any heap of stones can and often will be described as a cairn by “experts” striving to prove useless points while pushing the idea of universalism, we however are going to set a stricter definition upon the word which will then set the builders apart from everyone else. Now again Hyperboreans will not have the only examples of the cairn or càrn like structures, however the examples of each will now become much clearer and unique and does not allow the local gravel or sand pit to be described as a cairn.

What we will be talking about specifically is the art of dry stacking stones which might range in size from great boulders to the tiniest pebble taking any of many forms and is exactly what it sounds like. Dry stacking is the art of stacking natural stones without the use of mortar, other adhering materials or using techniques such as jointing or shaping.

Using this method, a cairn might be built by nearly anyone for nearly any purpose, but it must be said that for the Hyperborean people this technique has been with our people for so long that it has become a spiritual act in and of itself from the smallest and most simple stack to the largest structure and requires much practice to perfect. Perhaps you might start today taking any three or more random stones and stacking them to see how long they might stand before succumbing to gravity and wind.

A Very Old Irish Cairn that has been effected by Weathering

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