Riddles of siedis (mysterious stone constructions)

Mysterious stone constructions most often meet in Norway and other Scandinavian countries, but many of them can be met also in the north of Russia — in Karelia and on the Kola Peninsula. According to one of versions, siedis in the religious purposes were built by the ancient Sami who began development of the peninsula about 7.5 thousand years ago. Some of them represent some special place in mountains, the tundra and a taiga, for example something the allocated rock, a stone or a stub. Such siedis are found hardly even by experienced researchers, and their arrangement is known mainly by descendants of ancient Sami.

Other type of siedis also carries the name of Guria or tours and represents the small pyramids put from boulders of the identical size. But on the Kola Peninsula also the massive rocks put on small stone props meet. Despite the seeming instability, such constructions could stay thousands of years. Siedis are also often grouped in the big congestions numbering tens and hundreds of objects of the different size.

Owing to weak study of the region and poverty of archeological finds, the real destination of siedis still raises questions at historians. It agrees one of the Lappish legends, the fishermen going to the sea left a part of the soul ashore in a stone siedi that it was not gobbled up by a certain monster. Siedis also carried out a role of a religious object during certain holidays, and some of them were related to specific people, on the legends addressing in a stone after death. According to legends by Sami, it is possible to approach a number of siedis only in certain time, and near them women are forbidden to stand.

Siedis of the Kola Peninsula first of all are remarkable the fact that ancient Sami named them. So, on on the Ponoy River there are rocky ostanets the Old man and the Old woman, and on average a watercourse Ponoy is based upon Mount Seydapakh a siedi the Flying stone. For the first time it was described by the participant of the Loparsky expedition of 1926-1929 ethnographer Vladimir Charnolussky and since then steadily attracts travelers and tourists. On the Lappish legend, this stone arrived from Scandinavia and long looked for the quiet and fertile place, did not settle on height of 188 meters above sea level yet.

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