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Orthodox activist ran into the authorities because of the Shigir idol

Petar Gramatikov
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Orthodox activist Oksana Ivanova from Yekaterinburg is collecting signatures against the initiative of the city authorities to make the ancient Shigir idol a symbol of the city, reports ura.news. The appeal is planned to be sent to Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev and Mayor Alexei Orlov. Information about this appeared on her personal page on the social network in VKontakte.

“Dear Evgeny Vladimirovich and Alexey Valerievich! I consider it my duty to express to you my concern about the plans to make the Shigir idol a symbol of our city and use its image during the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Yekaterinburg,” Ivanova wrote. “The case when silence can betray God. If you agree, please like and subscribe in the comments. <…> Remember that the more we are, the less likely it is to ignore our opinion,” the activist added.

According to her, the Shigir idol has nothing to do with the 300th anniversary of Yekaterinburg. “At the foundation of the city lies the laying of the Catherine’s Cathedral, the ironworks and the Yekaterinburg Fortress. In a situation where believers were illegally and hooliganously deprived of the opportunity to receive a restored cathedral for the 300th anniversary of the city, this also cynically continues the line of confrontation with the Christian history of Yekaterinburg,” the activist complained.

“No researchers can tell us what is the meaning of what is depicted on the idol. What meaningful message does the Shigir idol contain. I don’t understand what the authorities want to convey with it to the citizens, promoting the Shigir idol in the public field, ”Ivanova summed up.

Earlier URA.RU wrote that an international group of scientists stated that the famous Shigir idol is the most ancient image of evil spirits. In their opinion, the images on the Ural artifact may personify the devil. Wooden sculpture was discovered in the Urals in the second half of the 19th century. Initially, the height of the idol was 5.3 meters, but now, after the loss of the lower part, it reaches 3.4 meters.

Shigir idol from the Urals turned out to be the oldest personification of demons

An international group of scientists has stated that the famous Shigir idol is the oldest depiction of evil spirits. In their opinion, the images on the Ural artifact may personify the devil.

Wooden sculpture was discovered in the Urals in the second half of the 19th century. Initially, the height of the idol was 5.3 meters, but now, after the loss of the lower part, it reaches 3.4 meters. The body of the most ancient artifact is covered with a carved geometric ornament, and faces-masks are carved on its wide planes. In addition, scientists have found another mask on him, writes Gazeta.ru. According to them, they could personify evil spirits or even the devil, and the sculpture itself was used to perform rituals and scare people away from certain areas.

Recall that the researchers of the Shigir idol confirmed the age of the artifact. The Ural sculpture, which was made of wood, is more than 11 thousand years old. As a comparison, we can cite the oldest pyramid – the tomb of Pharaoh Cheops in Giza, which is only 4.5 thousand years old.

Photo: Alexander Mamaev © URA.RU

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