Parapsychology and the arts of occultism have been assimilated into modern religions in a certain fashion; this transition and integration has not always been smooth, and there is a good example of that in Germany.
The belief in some sort of "anima" or "soul" that lies beyond the animation of certain objects that we define as alive is probably a million years old and since our early evolutionary stages everything we humans did and do have been stained by this belief.
Over millennia we developed a certain mental scheme in which such ideas have a place and somehow coexist with other rational arguments that form the basis of the scientific method. This new rational is becoming increasingly more important in almost every society but the occult always leaves footprints.
The Sternsteine is a group of rocks coming out of the ground near Detmold, in Saxony. These rocks have been used for religious and occultist rites from the dawn of ages by Germanic tribes, Romans, pagans and more recently, Christians as well.
In the year 9, Arminius defeated the Roman Legions that were trying to seize the Teutoburger Forest, and many barbarians attributed that military success to the energy and good spirits coming from the Sternsteine.
This site has been compared in Germany to Stonehenge: it has approximately the same latitude and was used quite probably as an astronomical and astrological observatory until Christian monks took over, partially destroying it in order to convert the place to their rites.
Nevertheless, they left references to the pagan cults they were keen on replacing; for example, there is a wall carving where the tree of life, Irminsul, appears supporting Nicodemus while he was extricating the dead body of Jesus from the cross.
The tree of life was extremely important as a symbol for the local tribes, and somebody took that image as offensive, so they destroyed the feet of Nicodemus in retaliation.
But no matter what happened at the Sternsteine, or what was done there, there is indeed something that it has in common with Stonehenge: it is being slowly destroyed by the excessive number of visitors, acid rain, pollution and erosion.
At the time the first believers began worshipping at these places there was utter wilderness there; now they are like a small garden in the middle of a big town. Probably the ancients will believe that this has been some sort of blessing or haunting, but we know what it is in technological terms: over expansion of population, cities and industries.
Clearly, more initiative and understanding is needed for the conservation of this interesting place, because if we don't do something, on the history of these occult footprints we will also find the bad side of belief as well as technology.
Totemic value? Mysterious things always have some sort of power over people.