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Alatyr Symbolism

Alatyr Symbolism
 
Alatyr Stone (АЛАТЫРЬ-КАМЕНЬ)
АЛАТЫРЬ-КАМЕНЬ АЛАТЫРЬ-КАМЕНЬ
 
 
 



 
 
In Russian folklore Alatyr is a magic stone, "father of all stones", a holy omphalos possessing healing properties. This stone is placed in the center of the Booyan Island. As a legend says, healing rivers flow from beneath Alatyr and on it stands the World Tree (it could be oak, apple tree or cypress). This stone is guarded by mythical monsters � Gagana-bird and Garafena the snake.

In spells and incantations Alatyr is mentioned together with the Booyan Island. People believed that otherwise no spell or charm could be effective.

 
 
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