Slava Mizin – pseudo-megaliths in the Leningrad region.
In the last issue of “Heritage” appeared an article by Konstantin Yudin on “mysterious balls of St. Petersburg.” The author’s desire to draw Parallels between the seita worship and the modern symbolic “rituals” balls on the Spit of Vasilyevsky island is clear, but, in my opinion, not well substantiated.
Rock on the shores of Vuoksa near Priozersk, despite the modern legend that has no relation to the megaliths and ancient sacred places.
The General between them only that both of granite. Needless to say so affirmatively about the Parallels between the ancient places of worship and architectural delights of recent eras? Indeed, the balls are visually impressive and quite expressive, and attract people, but no mystery here. Recently it came into Vogue “urinate” Petersburg any price. In the vicinity of the city suddenly began to find “megalithic” structures, and in quantities which can be envied by Britain – that’s where you know the largest number of megaliths was studied. Who does not know the contours of the famous Stonehenge, which is a unique brand of ancient megalithic culture?
Recall: the megaliths – the ancient stone structures of multi-ton blocks. These include stone circles – stone circles, upright stones menhirs, stone structures – dolmens and several types of less known designs, which one integrates – the use of large stones and the obscurity of the destination. A hundred years ago, they confidently believed the graves in the middle of the twentieth century astronomical observatories, however, the mystery did not come close.
Has become an international tradition to re-open any large megalithic structure to be named after the British monument: so there was the “American Stonehenge”, “Karelian Stonehenge” and etc. Thanks to the media megaliths have become part of mass culture. Due to the mystery of these ancient structures, the interest has not abated for over a hundred years. However, it has a downside: you experience unhealthy “mystical” the excitement and the desire to wishful thinking.
Our region is not megalithic, but lately and us is affected by wave unhealthy “megalithism”. Despite the fact that the megalith, by definition, mounted stone or structure of stones, in our area this name came to be called everything the boulders. Domestic enthusiasts megalithic search features incredible ability to find ancient pagan temples in the residential areas, fields and even near their homes. In your home or office shifted among fields and roads with boulders will suddenly be found ancient megaliths, in proportions which allegedly encoded just open the laws of the Universe. It is lying in a field near the village of Illovo boulder, with no sign of installation person for no reason is declared by historians ancient “menhir”.
Further South, near the village a Conversation, also have your incredible “finds”: on the rocks – “ancient writings” and even. “maps”. According to their “decoding”, in the vicinity of the Conversation seemed to be indicated by the signatures on the stones all the major figures of Ancient Russia. Some go even further and declare every stone on the river as sacred, and any boulder with a natural recess – the revered stone imprint. And no matter what deepening a little similar to trace, that these stones is not associated with any legends and they don’t have any signs of the cult stones.
Favorite place search of megaliths became the source of the river Oredezh. There five years ago in a heap removed from the field stones saw the “ancient stone temple”. And the ancient stone cross with strange characters stored in one of the chapels of the Luga district, also has become no less than “rebuilt” ancient pagan idol. However, stunning “discoveries” are made not only in the villages: not so long ago in the Tsar’s Village right in the city “found” is nothing like the ancient megalith – “stone navel of the earth”.
Not less curious attempt in one fell swoop to explain the origin of all the venerated stones of the Northwest region if they were thrown by the shock wave from a giant meteorite falling into the lake Ladoga, after which some of the stones got on the stand and became the seids, the other received damage in the form of potholes, and these stones were venerated as ludovici and zasechniy. Well, stone labyrinths, one of which is known in the Vyborg district, it turns out, was used by ancient people as. greenhouses are for growing greenery in the harsh post-glacial times.
In the Petersburg discover the “megaliths” is difficult, but then come to the rescue of myths and legends. Here and now wanders the story that Thunder-stone, the pedestal of the famous “bronze horseman”, before it was transported from Lakhta in Petersburg, moved in. the heathen gods. In this case allegedly the Thunder-stone was chosen for the pedestal of the monument to Peter the Great solely because of its “magical power, storing Petersburg”.
Perhaps the authors of such fairy tales do not impede yourself further acquaintance with the subject, since all the details of the search and selection of stone is well known, there’s even a description of its geological features. In this case, alas, not a single mention of his religious values. Terse lines about its name, just mention that the side of the stone was held for the thunder, there is lightning.
A list of “discoveries” you can continue, but to seriously challenge these findings makes no sense. Craving for the unknown and the mysterious always human, psychologically understandable desire to highlight the place of his residence, to see him as something special. Somewhat surprising at the same time another: the desire of the authors of these “discoveries” to close one’s eyes to the reality and escape into a virtual representation of their own history.
Fictional “pagan” the history of the region is distinguished by the lack of knowledge of how the surrounding context and the specifics of ancient religious monuments and megaliths whether revered or natural stones. Petersburg and without fabricated “antiquities” is held on the city of international renown and an abundance of important monuments. And in the Leningrad region is also still possible to meet very real venerated stones with their legends and superstitions, is still mysterious and unexplored phenomena.