Make positive use of Guanche knowledge about natural forces.
Some of the places of power and magical places on Tenerife are circular and geomantic places with a special feature, it is the positive earth radiation with energy fields that can be used by nature, people and animals. From a geo-ecological point of view, the ancestors of the islanders prepared the energy-producing places with rubble stones in such a way that food preparation and possibly ceremonies took place on them.
This has now been tested many times and sensitive people react positively to this phenomenon with increased energy and activity. Plants also react to these earth energies and can usually be observed through lush and healthy growth and behaviour.
Effects of places of strength on the human organism:
- Release of blockages and interference zones.
- Strong regeneration for the organism
- Conscious perception of energy flows
- Flowing impulses for positive thoughts
Back then, like today, a good harvest was necessary for survival.
The indigenous population of Tenerife and their descendants, the Guanches, settled on the island thousands of years ago and, long before the development of tourism, were solely dependent on agriculture and were bitterly poor. Many families lived from the harvest from the small fields with poor soil and long dry seasons. The small plots had been wrested with great effort and physical work from the rocky mountainsides. You simply couldn’t afford to work the laboriously earned income in a place that had negative radiation and thus damages the processing of the valuable income. That would be fatal! Without the harvest, the farmers were starving and many had to leave the islands in the 19th century to start a new life in South America due to poor times and increasing populations.
The farmers got together to set up a threshing area (Spanish ERA) for the village at the best place.
Often you will find circular places with a diameter of about 10m in the outskirts. These are then laid out with flat stones and delimited from the outside with larger plates. In the centre, there is usually a large flat stone with a hole in the middle. From these places, you always have a good view of the sea and the accompanying sea breeze.
The circles are old threshing floors. All places in the Canaries with particularly good visibility also have the disadvantage of “good wind”. Many buyers of real estate at good vantage points have noticed this today after purchasing and wondered why it is so windy on their plot.
However, the good wind is a prerequisite for separating the wheat from the chaff.
In Europe, a flail was used for threshing. The threshing took place on the threshing floor. The straw with the filled arrows was put on a place and then the servants, in turn, opened the arrows with the flails. The barn floors are the bottom of the barn and were designed so that there were always two sides that could be opened. This ensured a passage that was usually strong at harvest time in autumn. The threshed straw was then removed with a wooden rake and the grain with the husks swept up. With a flat basket, the so-called winnow, it was thrown into the air and caught again. The wind drove the husks away and the grain fell back into the winnowing. An exhausting and arduous business.
It was done similarly in the Canaries. A wooden beam was inserted in the middle of the threshing floor and the straw was laid out in a circle on the floor. Then a donkey was harnessed and tied to the beam.
He got a floorboard encased with inlaid lava stones. Here a little boy had to stand on the board and watch out that the donkey did not empty itself into the wheat and urge it on. The donkey’s job now was to run in circles all day to break the grain out of the ears. Then clothes were spread out on the floor by throwing up the grain was separated from the wheat.
The board (Spanish Trilla) is colloquially called “Canarian surfboard” because of its similar shape.
The farming families also had their own flour mill. This consisted of two round lava stone discs with a diameter of approx. 50 cm. The upper one had a hole for filling in the grain. The mill was turned with a wooden stick and after a short time, you had the fresh flour for the day.
Today the use of Era’s has changed drastically.
At that time the farmers had a much higher feeling for the earth-energetic rays due to the natural contact with nature. The indigenous people of Tenerife understood the forces of nature and especially those of the earth and used them for themselves.
This spirituality of nature still exists today, but our modern society has focused more on the power of industrialization than on trusting the sensitive voice of nature. Thus today’s civilization has mostly lost this “attitude to life” due to rethinking and environmental pollution.
But these geomantic places can still be found in certain places and old dwellings of the Guanches on Tenerife, either at archaeological, restored sites or spots of the past centuries still hidden under scrub and rubble.
The nice thing is, immediately adjacent to the property of the Finca Palo Alto are two of these Urkanarian threshing places. We offer our guests the opportunity to rest for some time on a deck chair on the ERA, or to practice exercises on the yoga mat on this area. Some can be massaged there and others take their laptop with them to work creatively. The effect is that all previous guests relax and, in retrospect, are impressed by the positive energizing of the human body and mind.