Stone of Davasko. Argentina
City of Tandil, which is located to the southeast of Buenos Aires in Argentina, has a very special place of interest. You can often see headlines about the hanging rock which has been teetering on the edge of a cliff for many thousands of years, but it’s not quite true. The point is in the following.
A huge boulder weighing more than 300 tons, swaying in the wind and balancing on one touch point, really existed. It was so long ago that no one remembers how the stone got here, but 200 generations were witnesses of its existence! The unknown always gives rise to legends. So, this stone is also associated with a variety of beliefs.
The locals say that thousands of years ago, the great god Davasko, son of the Sun, has led their ancestors to these places. He was their patron. He taught people various skills of farming, animal husbandry and other crafts. He taught them to value and worship the gold, because the Sun is gold. Then he left his people and returned to the Sun, to his father. However Davasko promised the people to come back in the human form and stay with them forever. Before leaving, son of the Sun left a stone in memory of himself. Neither scorching rays, nor wind, rain, or time itself had no harmful effect on the stone – it had to stand there up to his return. For thousands of years the stone stood at the place motionless and people were still waiting for their mentor.
However, an unfathomable thing had happened February 29, 1912. The legendary stone of Davasko suddenly fell off the cliff and collapsed down. There are several versions of the deplorable incident. The most likely option is the erosion of the base and explosions during operation in the mines located nearby. For many years people couldn’t forget such a sad event. It was a real treasure of the city and a favorite riddle of tourists resorting here every morning to make sure that the stone was still there.
The locals loved to prove visitors that the stone was really swaying. They put some glass bottles under it and waited when they burst during vibrations. Perhaps one day they have overdone. Scientists say that the stone wasn’t balanced, but moved downward by gravity very slowly.
You may ask, what do we see today? 95 years after the fall of the stone of Davasko, the residents decided to restore the myth of Tandil. May 13, 2007 at 7:58 am an exact copy of the stone, made of plastic, was installed at top of a hill. Thus, all we see is just a fake, but not a famous swinging stone. This “stone” has the same features and is positioned precisely in the same place. However, the weight of construction is much less – only about 9 tons, and it is rigidly fixed on the rock, so the “stone” is no longer swinging. Now, the neighborhoods are called «Park Lithic The Movediza». «Piedra Movediza» is the second name of the stone, which is translated from Spanish as “Moving Stone”. Name of the city Tandil has the same meaning, but comes from the Araucanian words «tan» (moving, falling) and «ill» (stone, rock).