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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Seven mystical horror movies
Tomorrow Is Halloween. A time when you have to cut pumpkins mercilessly, tell scary stories, and, of course, watch horror movies. So we can't do without the appropriate film rating.…

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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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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 the world of the dead was associated with the idea of magic power, the owner of which subdues people, the same root means power and is found in the words “power”, “command”, “possess”, “great”. Descent into the other world brings the hero omniscience, special wisdom, often associated with poetic features, so Veles is simultaneously the God of wisdom and poetry (the prophetic singer Boyan in” the Word about Igor’s regiment “is called the grandson of “Veles’s grandson”). Continue reading

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 of the platform. The diameter of the rounded (now triangular) site was about 60 m, i.e. it was equal to the diameter of medium-sized marsh settlements.

The inner structure of the courtyard of the sanctuary-fortress was as follows: along the entire rampart, close to it was built in the Western part of the site a long, curved structure with a width of 6 m. its Length (including the collapsed part) should have been about 60 m. Continue reading

Mysteries of the Mayan calendar

On August 11, 3114 BC, according to the Mayan calendar, the era of the Fifth Sun began. About the end of this era, which according to the Mayan calendar will come in less than six months, there are various rumors. So in today’s journey, we will go to solve the mysterious and frightening mysteries of the Mayan calendar. Why it is considered more accurate than the Gregorian, what is its essence, and what awaits us on December 21, 2012.

One calendar is good, but two are better
In fact, the Maya had two calendars. One, domestic or agricultural, corresponded to the solar year and was called Haab. The year in it, as it should, lasted 365 days. 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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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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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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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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