- What is a Serpent Stone?
- General information about the village
- What was in ancient times?
- Shatour's story
- Village today
- Ritual stone
- Neighborhoods of past times
- About locals worshiping snakes
- About the anomalous zone
- Opinions about the stone
- Serpentine - healing stone
- Properties of snake stone (serpentine)
- In conclusion
Where this mysterious stone is located is the cult place of the Shushmor tract. Like everything in this anomalous zone, it is covered with various legends, conjectures and assumptions. Many searched for it, sometimes found it, and then lost it again.
Where does the snake stone go? The history of the study of these places shows that the reasons for this are quite understandable. The historical dramatic events that took place in these places, the inaccessibility of the surroundings of the village and the location of the stone itself. Due to the fact that the snake stone is located in a damp and swampy lowland and is constantly flooded with water, it is either found or lost again. Nevertheless, it really exists, and it is quite possible to find it even now.
After reviewing the information in the article, you can find out interesting information about the snake stone Shatur. How to get to it and what is it like? The answers to these questions and others can be found in the article.
What is a Serpent Stone?
Serpentine is a fairly common mineral belonging toto the serpentine genus. Usually this breed has a yellow-green or dark green tint with patches. Its color resembles the skin of a snake, so many legends and myths have developed around it. The properties of the snake stone are presented later in the article.
There is another object with the same name with the mineral in the old village of Shatur - in the cult place of the famous Shushmor tract. About him and provides more detailed information in the article.
General information about the village
Before we find out what the snake stone looks like, let's provide some information about the village itself.
There are places on the land of Egoryevskaya shrouded in mystery. They attract historians, tourists, and just the curious. Such places include the village of Shatur, located in one of the remote areas of the Moscow region. It should be noted that its name is correctly pronounced with the stress on the first syllable.
Shatur is the oldest "capital" of the territory of the current Yegoryevsky and Shatursky districts, which gave the name to the modern city of Shatura. It is known that the church built there was once painted by the notorious I. E. Grabar (Soviet and Russian painter and restorer).
The inaccessibility of these places has always provided residents with security from the appearance of unwanted guests. Therefore, people settled from ancient times on the territory of the now abandoned churchyard Shatur. Although it is not comfortable to live among the swamps, but there is always peace and silence in these places. The village is located in an interesting place - on the high bank of the river. Poly having in these placeskind of swampy kind.
According to the assumptions of local historians and historians, people lived in these places even before the baptism of Russia. They were pagans who worshiped a variety of gods. But in the dense and impenetrable forests among the peat bogs, the Serpent God was especially revered.
What was in ancient times?
Before we go directly to the snake stone (photo - in the article), we will provide information about what was here in ancient times. With some degree of probability, it can be argued that in ancient times the main sanctuary of Ur, the snake god, was located on the site of the small village of Shatur. The word "shatur" has two roots: shat - "small hill" and ur - "serpent god or king".
Apparently, the temple of Ur, the pagan god, was located here. The pagan ancestors in this place turned to the spirits of good and evil, to the forces of nature, and also prayed for a successful hunt and brought them trebs (sacrifices). The idol, made of wood or stone, stood on a small hill, and near it grew a sacred tree and burned a fire for sacrifices.
The place where the snake stone is located has an amazing and long history. Shatur originally belonged to the land of Rostov-Suzdal, and after the formation of the Grand Vladimir Principality, it began to belong to the Vladimir princes. Behind the outskirts of the village was the Bronnitsky tract - the road to Vladimir. Princes of Vladimir Andrey Bogolyubsky (1111-1174) and Vsevolod III the Big Nest (1154-1212) used it more than once with their squads to Kyiv. Such wasthe beginning of the history of these places.
Shatura flourished in the 18th century. At that time, two churches were built in it - Christ the Savior and Nikolskaya. There were only 19 villages in the parish. But Empress Catherine II, who was passing through these places in 1775, liked the village of Vysokoye more. She bought it from the Chudov Monastery, giving 75 rubles for each male resident (there were 81 souls in total), and the rest of the inhabitants (women, children, etc.) were given free of charge at that time. Since then, the village of Shatur has remained forgotten and abandoned.
In the 20s of the XX century, from the moment the state district power station was built and industrial peat extraction began, the village of Shatur was completely forgotten, but its name was preserved in newly emerging settlements: the villages of Shatursky, Shaturtorf, Shaturstroy, the state farm "Shatura ". And in 1936 the city of Shatura was born.
Thanks to the snake stone of the village of Shatour, this area remains famous today. By the beginning of the 80s of the XX century, the village was practically empty, and the road leading to this place from the village of Bolshoe Gridino began to fall into disrepair and literally fall into the swamp. Among the Meshchera swamps and dense forests, Shatour found eternal peace and quiet.
Today, on the site of a former village on an ancient hill, a dilapidated brick bell tower rises above a pine forest. In the center is an old cemetery, which, oddly enough, practically does not produce any depressing impression. On the contrary, it organically fits into the overall picture withpreserved houses (buildings of the 19th century), with a forest surrounding this area, and with a picturesque wooden bridge spanning a small but deep reservoir Poli. Abandoned by people, Shatur seems to be hiding from people.
The sacred stone is a granite block, unusual and unusual for the Shatura swamps. Once it was a sanctuary of paganism, and a little later - a sanctuary of the Orthodox. In reality, this stone still exists.
To the south of the abandoned Shatura, just one verst away from it, there is a large stone ingrown into the ground in the form of an intricately faceted boulder. It is quite difficult to find him. Local natives who know about it from their grandfathers and other ancestors can lead to it. It is located in a southerly direction from Shatura, closer to the village of Sabanino. The Serpent Stone is located on the left side when walking from this village.
One side of it has many wavy brows that look like snake tracks. Small sacrifices are made to this stone even today, tying ribbons on the trees located around it. Many still sincerely believe that this stone grants wishes. This place is both Orthodox and pagan shrine. Near him they ask for good luck, happiness and restoration of he alth.
In addition, to this day there are amazing legends about this mysterious stone. The rumor of people says that for a long time there is a treasure under it. There were many who wanted to find those treasures, but about the final positive results of the searchhistory is silent.
Neighborhoods of past times
Local old-timers remember a spring flowing near the ritual stone. It was once consecrated, and next to it there was a chapel (it was built in Christian times), which has not survived to this day. This ritual stone was an important part of the temple.
There is currently no spring, and the chapel has long since collapsed. There was no trace left of them. A snake stone has been preserved in Shatura, where the ancestors worshiped the snake god.
About locals worshiping snakes
On ornaments and drawings preserved on earthenware, on charms for water and on altars, snake patterns and their images are found: sometimes alone, but the most common are two snakes touching heads turned in different directions and forming a ball in the form of a spiral. Moreover, these are images of peaceful snakes, revered by many peoples as protectors of the home and patrons.
The tribes that lived on the Shatura land constantly encountered snakes in the course of their life, observing the habits of these, as it turned out, wise earthly creatures aroused respect and reverence and worship among people. People living in these places have learned to use such a dangerous neighborhood for their own good. For example, they used snake venom to treat various diseases and to shoot arrows from the enemy.
About the anomalous zone
It is believed that the area where the snake stone is located is anomalouszone. Ancient temples were usually built on "places of power" - where powerful energy is released. Researchers have repeatedly recorded anomalous magnetic field strengths in the Shatura zone as well. Their epicenter, presumably, was in the place where the ancient megaliths lie.
Perhaps, a snake-like mysterious entity that hunts people is also connected with such anomalies. The pagans managed to tame her terrible and bloodthirsty temper by building a temple in honor of this Serpent and making human sacrifices. And having lost all this, the entity again began to hunt people.
Opinions about the stone
There are pragmatists and realists who believe that this boulder was brought to these places by an ancient glacier. And the locals, who have known about this stone since ancient times, called it in a simple way - the Gray Stone. And he gained popularity among them not because of his mystical properties, but only because he was a good guide for travelers among the dangerous and impassable swamps in the dense forests.
In any case, the stone has become a landmark and a good reason to wander through picturesque places covered with all sorts of legends and mysterious stories.
Serpentine - healing stone
The article should also mention a mineral called serpentine, which is not a gem. In mineralogy, it is called serpentinite, which means “serpent stone” in Latin. According to its chemical composition, it is magnesium silicate.
Since ancient times, it has been known as a decorative gem. This mineral is a rock of a green or yellowish-green hue withdark dots and characteristic veins. The pattern and color is similar to snake skin. That's why people call it the serpentine.
Properties of snake stone (serpentine)
The fact that the serpentine mineral has magical properties has been known since ancient times. Previously, it was widely used by people involved in black magic. This does not mean at all that this stone is capable of causing any harm to a person.
The fact is that it can cleanse the owner and the space around him from negative energy, providing protection from evil intentions. It turns out that sorcerers and magicians wore it in order to protect themselves from other people's influence (witchcraft) and to clear the space for their own rituals. Often in everyday life it is used to protect against damage, the evil eye, envy, curses and gossip. It turns out that the snake stone has good properties.
Given the useful properties of this rock, various talismans and amulets are made from it. It can even be any interior items, for example, figurines and figurines. They are able not only to protect against illegal and evil actions (attack by intruders and thieves, floods, fires, etc.), but also create a wonderful atmosphere in any room.
Thanks to the stone, intuition improves, a person has the opportunity to look at the world with different eyes. With such wonderful properties, the snake stone is used for rituals when a connection with earthly forces is needed.
Today in the area of Shatourthere are no permanent residents. People come here only for the summer, and in winter they appear only a few times to heat the hut a little. Due to the fact that there is no electricity in the village, kerosene lamps are used here. Yes, and getting to these places is difficult, because it is not for nothing that the area of the village of Shatur in the Moscow region is considered one of the most deaf and anomalous. However, the same mysterious snake stone attracts people here.
Periodically, there are reports in the press about "fiery snakes" appearing in these places. In 2010, during a period of catastrophic fires, when wind-blown fire traveled through the treetops, several images of the fire whirl were taken. Upon closer examination of the photo, the flame turned out to be very similar to a dragon with a large head and an open mouth. Many people believe that if there is a temple, then there will be a Serpent, lying in wait for travelers who have entered the forest.