Scene in Edmonds: Stacks of stones

Photographer Sam Spencer spotted these stacks of rocks at Meadowdale Beach Park Wednesday. “People pick up stones and build stacks as high as they can,” he explained. “I have seen some as high as eight or nine stones. Since the park has reopened, the stacks have started to climb once again. Of course, there is always someone who wants to knock them over, but like Sisyphus, the stone builders begin re-stacking. “

4 Replies to “Scene in Edmonds: Stacks of stones”

  1. This is a tradition by the beach, you make a wish while stacking. Once the stack is knocked over (usually by a wave) your wish is said to come true.

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  2. Wow, I never heard the “stacking of rocks” explained this way. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo.

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  3. FROM A WEB SEARCH:

    This stacking of stones is a recent practice, and is probably due to monks stacking stones, as well, in the past. This practice is probably a form of worshipping, but it’s mainly a gesture of asking or wishing for good fortune to be bestowed on the stacker and his/her family. Each stone within the stack represents a particular wish and possibly, family member.
    Buddha’s Stones: A Stacking Comparison
    http://www.tomrchambers.com/index-96.html

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