A hell of a lot of wax and bronze. Horned self-portraits of Jan Fabre in the sculpture series CHAPTERS I - XVIII
The "great and terrible" Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete…

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9 medieval curses that scared book thieves
The threat to go to the gallows may seem unnecessarily harsh for stealing a book, but this is just one example of a long-standing tradition of book curses. Before the…

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No luck, neither in death nor in love: is it really over Isadora Duncan hangs a family curse?
The name of Isadora Duncan is well known in Russia. The talented dancer went down in the history of world art as a bold experimenter. However, the Grand success did…

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Mysticism is near us

Did anything surprising happen to you? Our electricity was leaping (my computer didn’t turn on at all). On this day, so many things accumulated that everything had to be done literally on the run, but I somehow managed to make it to the beginning of the holiday! Anya (Krokodila) and I exchanged Souvenirs, and what would you think? One of the presented cups I accidentally broke into pieces (the benefit of all the regulars exclaimed “for luck!”), and her candy bouquet was accidentally eaten… in General, the day was unforgettable.And continuing the theme of incredible coincidences, we begin the week of things with an interesting story or an unsolved mystery. These are the artifacts that our authors keep…

Olga Kovaleva (olena2): “I have three soulful things. Two of them are old grandmother’s figurines.I love and protect them very much. They have an amazing ability to calm. If I feel very bad and anxious, I just take them in both hands, and it’s like my whole life flashes before my eyes. Continue reading

10 unverified claims of the eccentric mystic and the most famous marginalist of the XX century Aleister Crowley
Someone calls Aleister Crowley a philosopher and occultist, someone a great black magician, a follower of Edgar PoE and a predecessor of Burroughs. But the fact remains that without this…

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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…

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Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine
Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the "mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine". At the…

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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…

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