Buskam

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The Buskam in 2007

The Buskam, also Buhskam or Buskamen is a large glacial erratic boulder, 325 metres off the coast of Göhren, Rügen, northern Germany.[1] Erratics (German: Findlinge) have been scattered all over northern Germany by the glaciers of the Ice Age, but are usually much smaller. The Buskam has a volume of about 600 m3, a circumference of about 40 metres, and weighs about 1,600 tons.[1] A third of it (206 m3) lies above the water surface.

Cavities in the rock indicate that the Buskam was used as a ritual place in prehistory,[1] when such caved rocks were commonly used for ritual sacrifice. An iron crucifix was attached to it after the conversion of Pomerania.[1]

According to local legends, the Buskam is the site where witches dance during Walpurgis Night, mermaids are also supposed to dance often on the rock.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Ingrid Schmidt, Hünengrab und Opferstein, Hinstorff, Rostock 2001, p.42, ISBN 3-356-00917-6

Coordinates: 54°20′46″N 13°45′19″E / 54.34611°N 13.75528°E / 54.34611; 13.75528