You can read more about this in my post "The last megalithic ritual in Europe".
This is Velika Baba (Great grandmother) peak in Jezersko region, Slovenia.
This crag in Slovenia is called "Poljanska baba" and is located on slopes of Mt. Mežakla.
In Serbian, the word baba means "birth giver" and is used for mother, grandmother, midwife. It also means stone, rock, crag, bedrock, mountain and Mother Earth (Birth Giver 🙂).
Stones, rocks, particularly bedrock, crags, rocky mountain peaks are seen as bones of Mother Marth.
In my post "Yin and Yang" I talked about the Mother Earth and Father Sun and their life creating interplay.
Chines divided all the natural phenomena into Yin and Yang ones:
Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, dark, and passive; and is associated with water, winter, north, earth, the moon, femininity, and nighttime.
Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, bright, and active; and is associated with fire, sky, summer, the sun, masculinity and daytime.
People in the Balkans too clearly linked wet, cold weather with "Baba", Mother Earth.
Shepherd's in Slovenia believed that "baba" stones were linked to weather, water, humidity, mud, soil and fertility and pasture abundance.
On it there is a stone block which local shepherds called "Baba" (Grandmother). Every spring, on the arrival of flocks to the highlands, shepherd women used to bring food offerings and leave them on the stone, to placate Mother Earth, and ensure the cold and wet weather doesn't come back.
Now here is something very very interesting. In the article "Nesnovna krajina Krasa" we can read this:
In Slovenia people used to cut special types of stones called "špičneki" or "špičniki" meaning "spikes". These were pointed stones which were placed on the houses or at the garden gate to "word off hail and storm"
The same custom was recorded in the village of Turow in Poland. A stone called "śpiczek" (spike) was tilted for rain and straightened to point to the sky for sun
Is this one of the reasons why people erected standing stones permanently pointing to the sky? Did that happen during one of the catastrophic climate changes that happened during Bronze and Iron Age? Culnagrew Standing Stone. Picture by Ciaran McGuckin
Catastrophic weather event like the early Bronze Age "Flood of Patholon", memory of which was preserved in the Irish oral tradition written down in medieval times. You can read more about this in my my post "Flood of Partholon".