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    Senior Member Aruba4ever's Avatar
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    I dont fear many things but I fear snakes with a passion. I try to kill any snake that ever ventures onto my property.

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    No need to get bent out of shape. Locals do it, as they've done on their pets graves. These stacked stones were not done by tourists.
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    Well, perhaps in your eyes, yes they may be.
    They're an eyesore and inconvenience to the many people that really wouldn't mind getting across the black lava rock to ENJOY the idea of being closer to the raging waters.
    Yeah, have fun, enjoy your time in paradise, but stop perpetuating myths that quite frankly, aren't true.

    They're not good luck stacks, they're tiny imitations of the Inuit Inukshuk. Markers to tell others "the way..."

    The stone stacking phenomenon has only really happened over the last 10-15 years.
    My first trip to Aruba in 2001, there were MAYBE 10 stacks of stones.
    The mythology got cranked up by tour guides and other tourists and now, we have a somewhat "littered" landscape.

    At least it's natural substance being used....

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    i think it is tradition to put a stone on a grave (or a coin) after each visit.

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    Very touchy subject with locals, sadly.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
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    Locals do it, as they've done on their pets graves.
    Ah, now, the pet cemetery is a completely different situation. For one thing, it's on the other side of the island, and from what I'm told, not a high tourist area.
    A cemetery is a place of rest and respect, whereas the space in front of the Gold Mill Ruin is hardly that.
    The stones at the cemetery are cairns over small graves, the stones at the Gold Mill aren't.... and it's been way overdone.
    The work by the locals at the end of November to deconstruct them shows that.
    Mr. Ratt
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