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Hunger stone reappears in Europe amid drought and light signaling: ‘period of suffering’

The appearance of stones means a bad omen; “If you see that I am crying,” reads one of the inscriptions located in the Elbe River basin.

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“If you see me, cry” (“Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine”, in German), says the ancient Hunger Stone.

Beyond the high temperatures that reach the country Europethe continent also suffers from river drought, which causes items that have been flooded to reappear, such as World War II bomb in the waters of the Po, in Italy. Now the flames of Pedras da Fome have surfaced, rocks located in riverbeds and appearing only at low water levels. They are distributed throughout Western Europe. However, his appearance, according to the report BBC news, is not visible to the good eye, as it is associated with an omen of a period of suffering. The reason the alarm has been raised in the region is that the appearance of these stones usually heralds poverty and famine. Drought problems are less today than in the past thanks to logistical resources, but the region now occupied by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary used to depend on the fertile land along the river banks. …for food production, and water shortages destroyed crops and made it difficult or impossible to navigate the rivers that supplied food, supplies, and coal. As a result, families’ livelihoods were threatened, and famine followed the drought, giving rise to the name Hungry Steins (Hunger Stones).

Pedras da Fome date back to the 15th and 19th centuries and were noted by the population that lived in the region. The notes are messages that talk about disasters caused by water shortages and recall the hardships experienced during the drought. “If you see me, cry” (“Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine” in German) reads one of the stones, which is also considered the oldest found in the Elbe basin. It was written in 1616. This Pedra da Fome is one of the most famous and famous, because its inhabitants celebrated all the great droughts that the region faced. According to a BBC study published in 2013 by a Czech team, the years 1417, 1616, 1707, 1746, 1790, 1800, 1811, 1830, 1842, 1868, 1892 and 1893 can be read on stone. They also appeared on other occasions throughout the 20th century, such as 1904, 1918, 1928, 1963, 2003, 2015 and 2018 – the last three dates have a shorter period due to focus on climate change. “Life will bloom again when this stone disappears”, “Whoever saw me once cried. Anyone who sees me now will cry,” and “If you see this stone again, you will cry. There was little water here in 1417,” are other inscriptions that can be read on the stones.

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