- Moqui Marble
This listing is for 1 Moqui Marble aka Shaman Stone/Hopi Marble/Thunderball
The size of these stones are approx. 1"
Moqui Marble is the term used to identify a marble-like concretion having a sandstone center encased in an iron oxide shell. These geological oddities litter the surface of the iron rich Navajo sandstone in southern Utah's Zion and Capitol national parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Snow Canyon State Park and the Moab area.
In the US, they are commonly called Moqui Marbles after the Moqui (Hopi) Indians who inhabited the lands where they are found. Found during the excavation of ancient ruins around the world, some archeologists believe they have been used for centuries by Shamans and other mystics. According to one source, in the Hopi language, the word "moqui" means "dearly departed one." Legend says that the departed ancestors of the Hopi Indians of the Southwestern United States played games with these "marbles" in the evening when spirits are allowed to visit the earth. When the sun rises they must return to the heavens so they leave the marbles behind to let relatives know they are happy and well.
There are various different theories about how Moqui Marbles were formed.