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…

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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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The fantastic worlds of Jules Verne
106 years ago, on March 24, 1905, the great writer and passionate traveler, the founder of the genre of science fiction, Jules Verne, died. The writer lived in the past…

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templars

The curse of the Templars

 The fires of the Inquisition are kindled in the cities. But now they are not burned for heretics and Gentiles, witches and wizards. And for the Christian knights, the Templars who guarded the pilgrims in the middle East. 7 centuries ago, on may 12, 1311, the Inquisition publicly executed 54 prominent members of the Templar Order. Soon there will be nothing left of the order. The assassins of the knights will appropriate their wealth, but it will not bring them happiness. All of them will suffer the curse of the Templars-the words of the last master of the order, Jacques de Molay, uttered by him right at the stake.

It all started out romantic. After the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, the participants of the First crusade returned to the West, so the new States of the crusaders and pilgrims coming to the Holy land had no one to protect them. Continue reading

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…

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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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7 most terrible places in Ukraine that not all tourists dare to visit
Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe, which holds many ncient secretsa and mysterious stories. Some locations from the Soviet era, as well as old castles, cause a…

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Secrets of the "Ice man" superpower: how to defeat diseases with the help of cold
Climb to the top of mount Everest while wearing only shoes and shorts? Swim in icy water 100 meters under the ice? Stand for two hours in a container of…

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