Ancient Russian shrines
Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high Bank of the Desna: a deep moat, a high horseshoe-shaped rampart and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge…

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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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Ancient Russian shrines
Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high Bank of the Desna: a deep moat, a high horseshoe-shaped rampart and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge…

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Except Rasputin: Holy Fools, mystics and charlatans in the entourage of Nicholas II

The symbol of the moral degradation of power under the last Russian Emperor was the elder Grigory Rasputin. The uncritical confidence of the Royal family in the scandalous visionary caused confusion and indignation among dignitaries and the public. But even before the appearance of Rasputin at the court of the king was sympathetic to dubious characters. Among them there were wizards, hypnotists, fortune-tellers, and many other charlatans who looked like the “Holy devil”.

Both the Emperor and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna were distinguished by their piety and reverence for Orthodoxy. For many years they waited for the birth of an heir, but only daughters were born. The sense of evil fate strengthened the religious views of the already impressionable couple. Continue reading

Autumn sketches, or fortune-Telling on coffee grounds
On a typical October evening, I was rushing to the store to restock my groceries. Hesitating at the newly opened tea and coffee Department, I caught the thought: "I'll Come…

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Mountain of the Dead demands new victims: remembering the tragedy at the Dyatlov pass
The first of February will mark 57 years since a terrible tragedy took place high in the mountains of the Northern Urals on one of the passes – members of…

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"Dark Venice": a mystical photo cycle by Alessandro Cancian
The legendary Russian rock musician Edmund shklyarsky claimed that "the most ringing cry is silence, the brightest light is night". Alessandro Cancian, a talented photographer from Toronto, recently presented a…

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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…

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