thick, carved, rectangular standing stones, like these two, are in east
Cork (Ireland) known as ‘bull stones’. When asked why, people say
„probably because once they tied the bull to them….“ (From Patheos: Bull Stones : the approach of Domhnach Chrom Dubh )
most spectacular large thick, carved, rectangular standing stone in
Ireland can be found in the Bronze Age Grange Stone Circle. But there it
is called Crom Dubh stone.
Interestingly the ceremonial entrance into the circle is aligned with the sunrise on the 1st (2nd) of August, Lughnasadh, the day that marks the beginning of the grain harvest in Ireland.
Lughnasadh is actually Crom Dubh day. The last Sunday in July or the first Sunday in August depending on the area is known as Domhnach Chroim Duibh – Corm Dubh Sunday. You can read more about this in my post „Reek Sunday“
The Grange stone circle, which is also locally known as Rannach Crom Dubh, is said to be built by Crom Dubh, old Sun and Grain god of Ireland himself. Archaeologists found lots of cattle bones in the circle, suggesting that cattle (bulls) could have been sacrificed inside the circle…You can read more about Grange stone circle in my post „Grange circle“