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Alatyr

by Cyril Korolev
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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