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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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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Journey into mystery: the most mysterious places
Our globe seems to have no more white spots - everything is open. However, there are still mysterious places covered with legends. It is there that events occur that are…

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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 window to the Other, where everything is decided only by imagination. Beautiful, strange and unusual paintings by the Saint Petersburg artist open the door to the alluring world of the supernatural.

Demons and monsters, unearthly landscapes – all fantastic, but elusively familiar. Most artists avoid anything related to modern mass culture. Alexandra does not follow prejudices, and very organically takes the best out of her. In the anatomy of demons, you can recognize the hyped “chitinous” style, and the elements of clothing are made in the tradition of modern fantasy (with a light feed of J. R. R. Tolkien).R. R. Continue reading

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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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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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.…

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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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