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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Autumn sketches, or fortune-Telling on coffee grounds
On a typical October evening, I was rushing to the store to restock my groceries. Hesitating at the newly opened tea and coffee Department, I caught the thought: "I'll Come…

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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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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 confusion and indignation among dignitaries and the public. But even before the appearance of Rasputin at the court of the king was sympathetic to dubious characters. Among them there were wizards, hypnotists, fortune-tellers, and many other charlatans who looked like the “Holy devil”.

Both the Emperor and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna were distinguished by their piety and reverence for Orthodoxy. For many years they waited for the birth of an heir, but only daughters were born. The sense of evil fate strengthened the religious views of the already impressionable couple. Continue reading

The curse of the Templars
 The fires of the Inquisition are kindled in the cities. But now they are not burned for heretics and Gentiles, witches and wizards. And for the Christian knights, the Templars…

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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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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…

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The most mystifying phenomena of nature
Ancient (and not only ancient) people, not knowing the structure of the world, came up with the most interesting explanations for various natural phenomena. I suggest today to recall some…

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