The pursuit of an idol

Fifteen hundred years did not stop attempts to capture the ancient god of the peoples of the Russian North: Ugrians Voguls and Ostyaks, ancestors of modern Khanty and Mansi. It is a sacred pagan idol — cast in solid gold statue of the great mother goddess, gives one soul.


She was considered the patroness of life and procreation and was called Sorni nai (in the vulgar translation — Golden Woman).

Hide goddess

Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin immortality
Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin immortality

No one knows exactly what it looks like a statue of a goddess. Rare sources describe it as a metal sculpture of a woman, made, apparently, by the art of casting, and emphasize its elegance and beauty. Little information about her contradictory. According to one theory, it is — the legacy of a mythical country Hyperborea. Some researchers have identified it with the Roman goddess Juno motherhood. They believed that a motley army of Alaric, who took Rome in 410, were Ugric peoples who have returned to their home country, taking with them the statue of Juno and worship her as a deity.

Others suggest that it is a statue of Tibetan Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin immortality. The lake Zaisan in Eastern Kazakhstan was in the old caravan parking merchants from southern countries, and trading with Ostyaks Voguls.
Beautiful sculpture of the goddess could well be at the lake, go to the aborigines north and become their god — the great idol, who for centuries have worshiped the neighboring tribes.

Since it involves a lot of mysterious and tragic events. Stranger who saw temple Sorni nai, was destined to emergency and imminent death. Aborigines had to constantly defend, save and hide it from the persistent and greedy adventurers of all kinds.

Bait for the ages

The conductor said that the taiga gives the sign, and it will not go further
Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin immortality

No one knows exactly what it looks like a statue of a goddess. Rare sources describe it as a metal sculpture of a woman, made, apparently, by the art of casting, and emphasize its elegance and beauty. Little information about her contradictory. According to one theory, it is — the legacy of a mythical country Hyperborea. Some researchers have identified it with the Roman goddess Juno motherhood. They believed that a motley army of Alaric, who took Rome in 410, were Ugric peoples who have returned to their home country, taking with them the statue of Juno and worship her as a deity.

Others suggest that it is a statue of Tibetan Buddhist Goddess Kuan Yin immortality. The lake Zaisan in Eastern Kazakhstan was in the old caravan parking merchants from southern countries, and trading with Ostyaks Voguls.
Beautiful sculpture of the goddess could well be at the lake, go to the aborigines north and become their god — the great idol, who for centuries have worshiped the neighboring tribes.

Since it involves a lot of mysterious and tragic events. Stranger who saw temple Sorni nai, was destined to emergency and imminent death. Aborigines had to constantly defend, save and hide it from the persistent and greedy adventurers of all kinds.

Bait for the ages

The conductor said that the taiga gives the sign, and it will not go further
The conductor said that the taiga gives the sign, and it will not go further

The search for the deity is always accompanied by inexplicable and often tragic events. For centuries, completely disappeared or died adventurers who dared to encroach on the golden statue of the Great Mother. Scandinavian sagas do know of three attempts to seize the Viking god: in 820, 918 and 1023, respectively. Last foray led treacherous Earl Thorir Dog. With great difficulty Thorir soldiers got to the sanctuary, but did not have time to loot. There were people who were guarding him, and killed almost all of the Vikings, the survivors had to lam.

Repeatedly tried to find the idol, forced his way through and bypassing Urman ingenious traps, Guryata Rogovic Novgorod and other stalwarts-ushkuyniki. In 1481, under ustyuzhane pitched Voguls Cherdyn. Summing northern nations under a high sovereign hand and imposing their tribute, in 1499 Moscow governor Simon and Peter Kurbsky tubs zealously sought sanctuary in the area between Tavda and Ob. Searched a lot of the most secret places, but Sorni nai and the treasure hidden in the secret places, they found it was not possible.
To stop worshiping the golden image searched for "monument he" statue and Christian missionaries. Then the natives claimed his deity in the dense forest on the banks of the river Konda, a left tributary of the Irtysh. Again reached out to him with rich gifts pagans.

Tried to find and capture the Golden woman and Ermak, because according to the legend, the one who was a statue of the goddess, worshiped unconditionally obey her tribes. Ermak's Cossacks led by esaul Bryazgoy made several attempts to take possession of the deity, and in May 1583 the sanctuary spotted in the area called Belogorie. This place was sacred to the Aborigines and protected spell. But that did not stop the Cossacks. They thoroughly searched the sanctuary, but the goddess mysteriously disappeared. A "visit", returning from war, were ambushed and killed.

Later, according to legend, in the sanctuary Belogorsk brought and laid at the feet of Sorni nai taken from deceased Ermak armor — steel Bound gilded copper armor. In the Siberian chronicles Kungurskaya goddess is described as "… naked on a chair with his son villagers and which receive grants from their …"
In the XX century it was looking for white chieftains, red commissioners and agents.
Gold, which was made a goddess, and the mystery surrounding her bloody agitated minds, and centuries-old detective story continued.

Taiga signs to

The search for the idol accompanied by mystical events
The search for the idol accompanied by mystical events

According to legend, in Khanty taiga is a bottomless quagmire swim lake with a wooded island in the middle. Wind tears from its shores whole peat fields with trees and bushes and chasing them around the lake, changing its shape. Difficult to find the lake and the road to it few knew. On an island in the center of the lake, and was allegedly the temple of the goddess. Tyumen local historian Arkady Zakharov learned about it from the hunter comes from the taiga river Konda, Alexei Surgucheva.
As it turned out, my father and uncle Alexis were friends with shamans who guard the idol.
Summer of 1979, Zakharov and his friend Vladimir Romanov and recommended Surguchevym conductor named Sobrino were swimming on the river Konda to "Kazanka" motorized "Whirlwind".

In the evening, one known to him in signs guessing fairway conductor found the mouth of a tributary of the river Konda narrow with steep banks, with the rubble of fallen trees and litter. According to him, it could get to a big lake, and then the unmarked duct to another, and where there was a mysterious island. As it turned out, the roll stand on two opposite sides of the fallen from the river hemmed specifically trees. With an ax cut through it and again buried in the same obstacle. It was getting dark, and Sobrino said that the fire can not burn, and it is necessary to spend the night in the boat, so safer.

On the bank tied to bring your husky dog Burku.
Night men woke angry barking dog. Charging the gun, they shot into the air. Dog leash broke off and disappeared in the forest, and it stopped barking in the distance. Conductor in the morning went on the trail Burki, but soon returned grim and said that the dog was gone, and he will not go on — the taiga gives the sign. Consultation, Arkady and Vladimir decided to move to the coveted island together. With difficulty they overcame the rubble, working and changing axes in the "whirlwind" cut keys and broken screws, and by the end of the day once again buried in the invincible man-made dam. The next morning, the men with difficulty escaped to space the first lake, then found a duct into the second, which was a few islands. Headed to the nearest of them, and slipped on speed glissiruya 200 meters, firmly stuck in liquid bottomless sapropel — black mud, slightly covered film of water. Motor is dead, and they are almost a day chosen meter after meter of mud.

With difficulty, completely exhausted, the researchers went back to the place where he stayed Sobrino. The conductor said quietly that Golden goddess protector three: water, snakes and COMPOL — forest people (by the way, very similar to the description on the Yeti), who does not want to let go.

Seeing the incredulous smile, Sobrino probably wished he blabbed about outsiders taiga secret. On their offer to go to the island for the next year on the big water he said he found the source of the river in flood is not so simple, and yet it is necessary to spring survive. In the fall of conductor drowned. Zakharov realized that touched a taboo secret, and most did not attempt to find the temple of the great goddess.

Lost World sized Romania

Forest people's descriptions like Bigfoot
The search for the idol accompanied by mystical events

According to legend, in Khanty taiga is a bottomless quagmire swim lake with a wooded island in the middle. Wind tears from its shores whole peat fields with trees and bushes and chasing them around the lake, changing its shape. Difficult to find the lake and the road to it few knew. On an island in the center of the lake, and was allegedly the temple of the goddess. Tyumen local historian Arkady Zakharov learned about it from the hunter comes from the taiga river Konda, Alexei Surgucheva.
As it turned out, my father and uncle Alexis were friends with shamans who guard the idol.
Summer of 1979, Zakharov and his friend Vladimir Romanov and recommended Surguchevym conductor named Sobrino were swimming on the river Konda to "Kazanka" motorized "Whirlwind".

In the evening, one known to him in signs guessing fairway conductor found the mouth of a tributary of the river Konda narrow with steep banks, with the rubble of fallen trees and litter. According to him, it could get to a big lake, and then the unmarked duct to another, and where there was a mysterious island. As it turned out, the roll stand on two opposite sides of the fallen from the river hemmed specifically trees. With an ax cut through it and again buried in the same obstacle. It was getting dark, and Sobrino said that the fire can not burn, and it is necessary to spend the night in the boat, so safer.

On the bank tied to bring your husky dog Burku.
Night men woke angry barking dog. Charging the gun, they shot into the air. Dog leash broke off and disappeared in the forest, and it stopped barking in the distance. Conductor in the morning went on the trail Burki, but soon returned grim and said that the dog was gone, and he will not go on — the taiga gives the sign. Consultation, Arkady and Vladimir decided to move to the coveted island together. With difficulty they overcame the rubble, working and changing axes in the "whirlwind" cut keys and broken screws, and by the end of the day once again buried in the invincible man-made dam. The next morning, the men with difficulty escaped to space the first lake, then found a duct into the second, which was a few islands. Headed to the nearest of them, and slipped on speed glissiruya 200 meters, firmly stuck in liquid bottomless sapropel — black mud, slightly covered film of water. Motor is dead, and they are almost a day chosen meter after meter of mud.

With difficulty, completely exhausted, the researchers went back to the place where he stayed Sobrino. The conductor said quietly that Golden goddess protector three: water, snakes and COMPOL — forest people (by the way, very similar to the description on the Yeti), who does not want to let go.

Seeing the incredulous smile, Sobrino probably wished he blabbed about outsiders taiga secret. On their offer to go to the island for the next year on the big water he said he found the source of the river in flood is not so simple, and yet it is necessary to spring survive. In the fall of conductor drowned. Zakharov realized that touched a taboo secret, and most did not attempt to find the temple of the great goddess.

Lost World sized Romania

Forest people's descriptions like Bigfoot
Forest people's descriptions like Bigfoot

Mysterious idol of the northern peoples have always been interested as anthropologists and historians. It turned out that in the triangle between Kondo, Irtysh and Ob recently flourished rich pagan culture. On a secluded clearing with a campfire to the famous goddess gathered many of her fans — the Khanty and Mansi — the annual celebration honoring the Great Mother, the ancestress of the Ob-Ugric peoples. After a busy shamanic seances killed sacrificial deer, smeared with blood and a living idol brought rich gifts. And now the goddess bored alone, inaccessible to the uninitiated.

In the summer of 1990 ethnographic expedition of the Institute of World Literature of Sciences visited the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. By sparing the information received from the few survivors, and are reluctant to reminisce Kazym Khanty, whose race according to tradition was responsible for the safety of the deity, in 1933, the NKVD arrested a shaman, and learned his way to the pagan temples.

Defending his shrine, Khanty killed four security officers, and shamans for the umpteenth time taken away and hid the idol in an unknown sanctuary somewhere in the upper reaches of the river, Kazim, including wetland marshes.

Punitive action of the authorities was brutal. Almost all the men kind have been killed and their weapons confiscated. Hunt was not with anything and no one, and almost all children, old men and women have died in the winter of starvation. The Khanty and Mansi still preserved carefully concealed from outsiders cult worship Sorni Nye.
According to rumors, the Great Mother is now on the Taimyr Peninsula, on Putorana — a mysterious place even today. There, in the remote areas the size of a lost world Romania, at the weather station at Lake Agatha constantly live eight. Shamans safely hid the idol of the people.

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