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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Ancient Russian shrines
Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high Bank of the Desna: a deep moat, a high horseshoe-shaped rampart and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge…

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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…

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Seven rings of Pushkin: could the talisman save the poet in a duel?

“Keep me, my mascot” – these lines are familiar to everyone from school, but few people know what role mascots played in the life of Alexander Pushkin. In total, the Russian svetocha had seven rings, and each had a mystical power. According to one version, the fatal shot in a duel with Dantes was fatal due to the fact that Pushkin specially put on a ring with a carnelian, which could protect from betrayal, but was powerless before a violent death…
Art historians know a lot about Pushkin’s rings. There were seven rings in the poet’s collection. In itself, this figure is magical, granting immortality. Pushkin’shusband into was carnelian, and it is believed that it was his example that “infected” the silver age Bohemians with a love of jewelry with this semiprecious stone. Continue reading

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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Socialism came 9,000 years ago, or what do we know about the Bronze age
The bronze age is not just an era when people began to kill each other with bronze swords instead of stone axes. It was in the bronze age that the…

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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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Mystical cities
Mysticism is the name given to any phenomenon or event that cannot be explained. However, there is still an incredible number of mystical places on the planet that have manifested…

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