Mystical story of the painting of Ivan Kramskoy "Mermaids»
In the history of classical Russian painting, there are many mysterious and surprising episodes that allow us to talk about the existence of paintings with "bad reputation". This list includes…

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The unsolved mystery of the "humpback horse": what hidden knowledge could the author encode in the fairy tale?
When Pyotr Yershov wrote "the humpback horse", he was only 18 years old. The genius of this tale, which has not lost popularity until now, as well as the fact…

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Mystery and fantasy in an unusual paintings by Alexandra Modeller
The gallery of strange creatures, embodied fears and sinful desires in the paintings of Alexandra Bodeller will easily take you to the farthest borders of fantasy. Each canvas is a…

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The calendar of the ancient Slavs

Most vividly, the dual faith is reflected in the peasant land-farming calendar, where the veneration of Christian saints is closely intertwined with pagan beliefs and rites. Over time, many of the most important rituals for the pagan were taken less seriously and gradually turned into children’s games.

Here is how the year of the Russian peasant passed. On the day of the winter solstice (December 25), it would be necessary to help the sun gain strength-because farmers burned bonfires, rolled burning ears, symbolizing the sun. So that the winter was not too severe, they made a snow woman, depicting winter, and broke it with snowballs. Continue reading

God of fertility

The God of fertility associated with Navya (the lower world) was Veles (Volos, Vlas). The name Veles goes back to the ancient root “vel” with the meaning “dead”. But since the world of the dead was associated with the idea of magic power, the owner of which subdues people, the same root means power and is found in the words “power”, “command”, “possess”, “great”. Descent into the other world brings the hero omniscience, special wisdom, often associated with poetic features, so Veles is simultaneously the God of wisdom and poetry (the prophetic singer Boyan in” the Word about Igor’s regiment “is called the grandson of “Veles’s grandson”). Continue reading

Haunted house: 5 mysterious estates in Russia, where they promise a meeting with the unknown

In Europe, houses and castles associated with mystical stories are always popular among tourists. Ghosts that supposedly live in ancient palaces become a brand for which fans of the unknown are ready to pay round sums. However, in Russia there are no fewer places where, if you believe the legends, you can meet with ghosts. There is no doubt that fans of the otherworldly will get a chilling experience in these estates.
The estate was built by Dmitry Filippov, the son of a Moscow Baker. The secluded place for construction was chosen for a reason. In his own estate, Dmitry wanted to hide his beloved, the Gypsy Aza. He fell in love with her at first sight, as soon as he saw her in the Gypsy choir. He had built this wonderfully romantic mansion for her. Continue reading

10 mediums of the XX century and their incredible stories that are more like a fairy tale
The 20th century will go down in history as a time of active development of industry, but even at a time when it would seem that the middle Ages with…

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Seven rings of Pushkin: could the talisman save the poet in a duel?
"Keep me, my mascot” - these lines are familiar to everyone from school, but few people know what role mascots played in the life of Alexander Pushkin. In total, the…

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New year's fairy tales and magic plots…
The old year is gone, the past is gone. This time always brings a touch of mystery, magic, fairy-tale. Since childhood, the time of making wishes and their implementation. And…

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Mysteries of the Mayan calendar
On August 11, 3114 BC, according to the Mayan calendar, the era of the Fifth Sun began. About the end of this era, which according to the Mayan calendar will…

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