The Kazan Kremlin had their own Kaaba and Wailing Wall


The museum-reserve Kazan Kremlin (Russian monument of defensive architecture of 16-19 centuries), a new form of religious worship, invented and promoted with the help of local guides.

In their tip carved in stone former President of Tatarstan is the construction of the mosque "Kul Sharif" newcomers now costs as much as it is done in Mecca, the sacred Kaaba stone Muslims. In Kazan, this happens at the building of a new mosque built "in order to preserve the historical continuity."

"Pilgrims" from the cities and regions of Tatarstan, as well as day-trippers from other cities of Russia bypass granite stele seven times counter-clockwise (as much as the circumambulation of the Kaaba taken during the Hajj) to touch her, say prayers, make a wish and throw a coin. Another cult originated from the famous symbol of Kazan — Syuyumbike tower, which has become the Kazan "Wailing Wall" like Jerusalem. To her fit people applied forehead, say prayers and make wishes.

It should be noted that these actions involving tourists, regardless of nationality and religion (mostly women). Seeing this sacred ritual of the locals, it begins to repeat and foreigners. Guides who lead tours of the Kazan Kremlin, not only does not interfere with the new rites, but on the contrary, in some form, they are encouraged, explaining that if there’s the "Our Father", the first sura of the Koran "Fatiha" or simply turn to God with some suggestions, then "it will certainly be fulfilled."

According to the head of the regional center of the Volga and the ethno-religious Studies RISS Raisa Suleimanova innovation is supported by the local authorities, "round-trip carved in stone decree Shaymiev and prayer at the tower Syuyumbike (prayer rises towards the Presidential Palace), sacroiliac Tatarstan’s leadership — said the expert. — Perhaps, after a while this new form of pilgrimage in the Kazan Kremlin will compete with a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria and the Bulgar Bilyar where just practiced a similar superstition, which, in essence, is paganism and idolatry. "



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