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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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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The secret of the Zakrevsky pyramid-the tomb of the Russian chief Prosecutor, who was crazy about Egypt
The mystery and hypnotic appeal of the Egyptian pyramids has always haunted lovers of mysticism and the history of ancient civilizations. Fans of Egyptian culture in many parts of the…

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Guardian angel

This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in “warm lands”. The choice fell on Thailand. Previously, trips there were not as common as now, and for us it seemed a real exotic. We have already chosen a tour, the money was saved. I remember that we agreed to meet at three o’clock in the afternoon near the travel Agency and finally pay for the trip. I was late, I couldn’t get ready for a long time, which is not typical of me. I was just opening the front door when the phone rang. When I picked up the phone, I heard a strangely familiar voice. He said:

“You can’t go there. Stay. Or there will be an accident.” Continue reading

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 with the works of the famous Damien Hirst, but this did not prevent them from showing off in the halls of the Louvre itself, opposite the immortal masterpieces of medieval painters and sculptors. Horns and hooves, bones, blood and internal organs, insects, crosses and tombstones, skeletons, death and other devils – this is a short list of the foundations on which the extraordinary creativity of Jan Fabre is based. Well, and a part of him, of course, – it is also in every, without exception, the work of the Belgian sculptor.

One of the most emotional works is a series of strange mystical sculptures called CHAPTERS I – XVIII. Carefully and carefully, with great love and tenderness, Jan Fabre cast realistic busts in wax and bronze… with his own portrait. Continue reading

The bride's corpse: the mystical story of the La Pascualita mannequin
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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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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"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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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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