Shaman vs NKVD: the Sorcerer took mystical revenge on his enemies after death
Mystical stories associated with the death of shamans, evoke fear. If you believe the legends, the resting place has a mystical power, and all living things try to avoid it. In the Soviet years, paranormal phenomena were treated with skepticism, but history knows of a case when the spirit of a shaman took revenge even on NKVD employees.
The funeral of a shaman is a whole ritual that should not be broken in order to avoid trouble. If the spirit of the sorcerer does not rest in peace, then the living will not rest, especially his relatives. According to tradition, the shaman’s body is not interred after death. At first, a special structure made of wooden boards – arangas-is built on the trees. It is installed on pre-cut four trees, which form a kind of props. In arangas, the body of the shaman is a hundred years old, and the family of the deceased passes on to descendants the date of the next reburial. A new arangas was built for a second funeral ritual, and only 300 years later the body was buried.
It should be noted that in Yakutia, aerial burials have long been the norm. Being pagans, the Yakuts believed that this way the human ashes remain connected with the spirit of the forest. There was a more prosaic reason: it was almost impossible to dig a grave in the frozen ground. The old way of life changed only with the arrival of Christianity in these parts, then established mandatory burial, but for shamans still made exceptions. Everything finally changed with the establishment of Soviet power in Russia.
One of the most inexplicable stories in Yakutia occurred in 1937. Then the spirit of the shaman Oyuun Monnyogon, buried according to all the canons in arangas almost 200 years ago, became agitated. He began to appear to posterity in a dream, complaining that he was extremely uncomfortable to lie down. First, during the rains, he gets too wet, and, secondly, his tendons have decayed, and one of his fingers has rolled under his back, so it was extremely uncomfortable for the shaman to lie down.
The descendants of Monnyogon understood that the local authorities might accuse them of superstition and repress them, but they could not ignore the shaman’s request, because they knew that he might get angry and then everyone would be in trouble. The Chairman of the collective farm was persuaded to perform the ritual as soon as possible. After the grave was opened Monogon really found his thumb, which rolled under the back. When reburying, a black stallion must be sacrificed; the tendon of the slain animal was used to bind the fallen phalanx. The whole ceremony was led by the shaman Olokun through it Monohon asked someone of the guys became his companion.
In that moment, when Monogon voiced his wish that all present recoiled in horror from arangas. No one was ready to be a guide to the realm of the dead. And only Olokun began to wheeze and gasp for breath: apparently, due to the lack of volunteers Monogon decided to pick it up. Grigory Fedorov, a volunteer, saved the situation. The man was already 70 years old, and he volunteered to accompany the spirit of the deceased shaman. Monnyogon accepted his decision, but shouted that he was angry with everyone, and would send trouble to everyone, however, everything would end well.
On the same day, Grigory Fyodorov actually died. Soon the inspector arrived in the village, saw the expenses for reburial, and arrested the Chairman of the collective farm, and the shaman, and their assistants. It seemed that a trial was inevitable in this situation. However, everything turned out differently: for unknown reasons, the Prosecutor of the Republic personally insisted on closing the case because there was allegedly no corpus delicti. NKVD employees were surprised, but the order was carried out, and the villagers decided that it was the spirit of Monnyogon who saved the accused, as promised.