There’s a marked connection between Russian people and the mysterious; I’ve certainly noticed a tendency that we in the west don’t seem to share to the same degree. You could replace the word “mysterious” with “paranormal” – or even “magical”. We may regard such issues as science that we simply do not yet understand, at one extreme, or manifestations of an older metaphysical reality, at the other.
Yes, you will find people in the west that wholeheartedly believe in the paranormal, and some in the east that dismiss it wholeheartedly too. There are also many casually superstitious folks on both sides, who’ll follow everyday wards against “bad luck” without giving them a second thought. But, however you’d care to delineate or describe this element of the mysterious: it seems closer to Russian culture than our own, and that’s interesting.
How odd to see a soft toy bear in my adult friend’s front room -then to discover that it was a gift to bring him luck. Apparently if a bear enters the new premises first, then good fortune is bestowed upon the property. In another conversation, a Russian friend casually mentioned a relative visiting a witch to buy a spell – as if it was just another “to do” on the daily list, along with the groceries.
One particular aspect of this mindset is the notion of anomalous “zones”: areas of mystical significance, where normal rules of physics are said to lose their grip wholly on the mechanisms of reality – with bizarre and often unwelcome consequences. Who better to talk about such things than a Russian, familiar with the unknown (if that is not a contradiction in terms)?
I’m presenting the text of this two part exploration – as well as editing and modifying it as necessary, but other than that: the words are not mine, rather those of a close Russian friend who prefers anonymity.
The following text leads us down a rabbit-hole of UFO’s, aliens, portals, and more – so strap in! Whatever you believe (or not); this mindset exists out there and makes for an eyebrow-raising report…one that starts with a warning.
“As you know, excessive, unhealthy curiosity and the search for thrills quite often leads to trouble. There are many sayings on this subject in Russian. For example, “The less you know, the better you sleep”, “a Curious Varvara at the Market got her nose torn off”, “do not stick your nose into an issue that is not your own”, “If you will know a lot – you will grow old sooner.” This is especially true for phenomena that do not have a scientific explanation, and for supernatural forces that impact upon certain areas and the people within them.
In Russia (as well as in the rest of the world), there are many places and objects that are intriguing and mysterious, but at the same time present a real danger to people. We are talking about (so-called) “anomalous zones”, “places of power”, and the mystical items found within.
Often travel companies or individual resourceful guides offer visits to such places, but they rarely inform tourists about the possible negative and even tragic consequences of visits to such zones.
Categories of threat
Abnormal locations can be divided into three groups. The first are zones that appeared as a result of human activity (ie. the locations of man-made accidents and catastrophes such as Chernobyl, military and scientific testing grounds, places where hazardous chemical and biological waste has been buried, abandoned or destroyed mines, mass graves, cemeteries, ancient places of worship, and ritual structures.
In such places, researchers record strong destructive radiation, harmful chemical, radioactive or biological contamination and/or the presence of heavy negative energy, which is extremely dangerous for anyone!
The second group concerns locations with anomalies of natural origin, for example: electro-magnetic phenomena in places with special geological conditions. There can be both positive and negative effects on a human -for example, in Kamchatka’s Valley of Death (Долина смерти).
The third group concerns zones that have formed through interaction with aliens from other worlds. The results are energy-information channels or portals that were created to move between the worlds and through time.
Alternatively, these are pre-existing phenomena, now utilised by such beings. UFOs and other strange objects/phenomena are often observed there (eg, Медведицкая гряда (Medveditskaya gryada) in the Saratov region).
Scientists have found that such anomalous zones occur in the locations of geological faults, where there are strong distortions of space and time. In such points arise energy funnels and holes, inter-spatial/time tunnels, and dimensional shifts.
Such things are always very destructive to living beings, especially to humans. Most people experience discomfort, headache, or unexplained fear. Often this can lead to a loss of orientation, self-control, unconsciousness, and even a suicidal state of mind.
There are also many cases of burns and other injuries caused by objects of unknown nature (such as UFOs or fireballs). There have also been many deaths or disappearances in such areas.
Many psychics state that most aliens from outer space and other dimensions consume the resources of our planet and are hostile to people! Statistics regarding the negative consequences of contact with UFOs or aliens, plus eyewitness accounts only confirm this.
As a rule, the locals are aware of such places and stay away – preferring to circumnavigate them, rather than pass through. Such places are ill-reputed and residents call them: “гиблое место – dead place”, “проклятое место – cursed place”, “чёртова поляна – the devil’s glade”, “плохое место – bad place”, or “урочище – natural boundary”. So, if you hear such names from the locals when discussing certain mysterious places – take care to avoid them.”
You have been warned.