Slavic mythology often mentions about the existence of a stone–, which, according to legends, the center of the Universe. People's pagan beliefs have endowed him with limitless power. The adoption of Christianity was not sent to oblivion this sacred stone. Like many other elements of paganism in Russia, he gradually "migrated" to a new religion. Just earlier it was believed that the Stone as on a throne, was seated in the winter time, the lightning God Perun, and now his place was taken by the saints, the virgin and even Jesus Christ. Where is this stone? What is the center of the Universe, binding the living and the dead, Reality and NAV? And what is meant by the stone which mineral? We will try to find out in our article. But it is necessary to move away from our modern view of the world and look at it through the eyes of our ancestors-pagans.
"All stones father"
The ancient Slavs (and many other peoples of Aryan descent) honored large stones. The last global glaciation left behind the run-up to absolute smoothness, like a huge "mutton foreheads" rocks. These stones find middle of the plain, and the impression that they fell from the sky. In the view of our ancestors, the pagan Slavs, and so it was: the stone-the stone came from heaven and on it were carved the commandments, which sent people to the Creator of all things Svarog. The place, where is this "tablet" is the axis. It is the umbilical cord of the world. That is, the sacred stone is the beginning and the father of all other stones. Due to the direct connection with the Svarog of the stone-there was a powerful positive energy. It grows the "Tree of Peace" and from under its roots flow rivers of living water. This stone can cure any disease, and coming to him to give Herculean strength.
The key to the doors between the worlds
Ancient people knew nothing about the Solar system and our planet's place in it. For them the universe had trehmetrovoe dimension. The gods dwelt in the sky, people on the ground. And there was the underworld. And bound them together of the sacred stone-a stone. Past, present and future converge in this axis of the world. So Slavic epic placed the stone at the crossroads. He could predict the future (depending on which way you go man: lose your horse, rampant little head lay down, etc.). Russian literature often mentions that the stone lies on the island of Buyan, and that, in turn, is "in the middle of the sea-okiya". Suffice it to recall that our ancestors believed that the earth rests on the backs of three whales. And these giant fish floating in immobility in the vast waters of the ocean. The passage between the three worlds – the earthly, the earthly and the heavenly – guarded by a mythical bird of GAGAN and snake Garapena.
The origin of the word "Alatyr" has not been fully elucidated. It is believed that this – modified the "altar". If we examine the epithets folk legends give the stone, most often referred to as "Alatyr". What does it mean? Incandescent? But in another place we find this description: "he's a little icy, but nobody in forces from the ground padhathi". Although it is often referred to as the "Kip-stone." Martynov believes that the etymology of the word has Persian roots. They say that al-atar is translated – "Alatyr". And from the point of view of another researcher, O. Trubachev, this word is of Slavic origin and means "sun stone". Alatyr, so is amber. Confirmation of this version is alternant words – "latyr '" that is "Latvian". By the way, the Baltic sea, on the shores of which amber is mined, folklore texts often referred to as "Alatyr".
Where is the island of Buyan
The stone Alatyr – says almost a third of all stories and plots – located in the "sea-okiyane, but on the island of Buyan". Where is this piece of land, on which altar and throne of Svarog, and the Tree of Peace, and the prophet Elijah chases the thunder with clouds? People's imagination has placed him in the Black sea. This is the island Berezan. And there is a perception that in the Middle ages the Stone was the name of rügen in the Baltic sea. Slavic mythology sometimes puts this stone in absolutely fantastic locations, without reference to any geographical features. "On the Bank fast recency Currant, at the entrance to Hell...". Southern Slavs believed that the stone should be sought in the mythical country Iria, under perfumeria – oak. The stone folk tradition gives huge size. In one of the plots says: "Who is Alatar hisglory, that my spell will overcome". As for the island of Buyan, in fact its name contains violent force, overflowing. This bundle of energy, as the motor gives movement to all things.
Some legends say nothing about the island of Buyan. They placed the stone-the stone in iriy. Can we assume that this refers to the southern Urals? After all, before these mountains were called Erie. And yet they were called the Riphean, Riphean and White. If so, then the stone Alatyr coded mountain Iremel is the second highest peak in the region. On its slopes originates the river RA (White), which then flows into the Volga. There is a third version, where it can be Alatyr: “the sea and the ocean, but on the island of Buyan, right on the river of Ardani”... the Mention of the Jordan in which he baptized the Lord gives us the right to assume that the stone-the stone – the symbol of the ancient altar, built into the Foundation of Zion Church. Therefore, it is honored and believers in Jesus Christ. And the God of thunder Perun was replaced by Elijah the Thunderer.
Companions Of The Stone
Next to the sacred stone are always some mythical creature. This wise and prophetic Gamayun, two fabulous birds Alkonost and Sirin, and the mysterious snake Skoropeia (or Garapena). There is also the uterus, "all the older bees" and "black Raven, all the main daws brother." But the most interesting character – the "girl-seamstress dawn." She sits on the stone-Alatyr and damask needle sews "bloody wounds". And this is not surprising. If from under a rock flowing with healing, and a virgin to heal (to sew) broken hearts. And suddenly Slavic charms to surprise us with his wonderful poetry: it removes the veil Zari pink, and spreads out over the plain daylight. Alatyr-stone, as a kind of Noah's ark, contains the progenitors of all the representatives of the modern fauna.
White-combustible stone Alatyr
The function of the altar "door", "axis" makes in the minds of the ancient Slavs the monolith in a kind of steady and sustainable Foundation of the universe. Almost all of the conspiracies mention a fortress and eternity stone: "A bude my word higher than the mountains, stronger than water, heavier than gold and harder than a Stone". "Mighty force" that is hidden in this stone, can not be the devil. After all, the epithet "white" means good, life is good. And what the word "flammable"? A collector of folklore Zabylin admitted that it could mean "light," "the shining". And if we take into account that under the Stone refers to amber, then you can imagine what mysterious colors sparkle this stone in the sun! Therefore, in the minds of the people he was endowed with a fiery qualities associated with the heart flame. Now remember, what is actually amber. It is the resin of prehistoric trees, petrified of falling into the sea. Sometimes in these permanently frozen droplets are visible ancient insects – flies, bugs. Their bodies remained in the resin having passed through the centuries and millennia. People's imagination, guided by formal logic, gave amber the ability to keep in time sense, which, alas, are rapidly.
The properties of the spell
If you want to keep a loved one, keep his feelings to himself, you can preklicati power attributed to the stone Alatyr. The spell is read only baptized, so if you are dipped in the Holy font, don't even try anything to whisper: you can call for different ailments. In order not to fall out from under the canopy of protection of the Orthodox, you need to read the following words before the icon of your Holy patron and beat prostrations. The spell can be made any day and time of day. After this you need to fast for three days and confess. Love spell is. "The sea-ocean, lies the island of Buyan is white-combustible stone, the stone is unknown. I, (so-and-so called so-and-so), the cross of autumn and will release the full force of the spell. And send her beloved (husband's name), his blood was boiling, heart jumped out to a night of rest did not see, all day I was looking for. Stand up love insatiable, unquenchable passion, nebrasca for him to have missed me as a lamb at the sheep like a foal on the Mare. Lock spell the word strong as the Alatyr Alatyr".
The properties of a talisman in the conspiracy
Amber framed in silver (symbol of purification from evil forces), have long served our ancestors as a protection from all evil. Such a weak guardian gave vital force, which generously exudes a stone Alatyr. Conspiracy against disease also called positive energy of this magical mineral. Alatyr ' in this sense was a kind of altar on which were placed offerings to the gods. Therefore, in order to achieve maximum success in this endeavor, the conspiracy was read under a tree, under the roof of the Church or home. "Kamini marmurowe" in ancient Ukrainian incantations and la pierre de marbre in French magic is the same Alatyr-stone. But these are pronounced the magic phrase on a marble slab.