For millennia, stone lifting was an vital a part of cultures all over the world, and its significance went far past feats of energy. Stone lifting was a part of weddings and funerals, used as a job interview to evaluate somebody’s health as a farmhand, and included in rites of passage and exams of all-around manhood.
A lot of the world’s historic stone lifting tradition has been forgotten, and rocks that was once hoisted repeatedly on the town squares and cemeteries have been sitting untouched for a whole bunch of years. David Keohan, an Irish world champion kettlebell lifter-turned-amateur folklorist, has got down to change that. Within the final couple of years, David has been on the hunt for Eire’s legendary lifting stones; he makes use of oral and written historical past to look them out and be taught their tales after which hoists them himself, as soon as once more placing wind beneath stones that haven’t been picked up for hundreds of years.
At this time on the present, David shares the importance of stone lifting all over the world and particularly in Irish tradition, the practicalities of lifting a 400-pound stone off the bottom, and what stone lifting has taught him about being a person.