Other pictures of Columns of Weathering
Outliers (rock pillars) on the plateau of Man-Pupu-nior, or, how they are named sometimes, "Mansi idols", are columns (pillars) of weathering. This geological significant site is located in the area of Troitsko-Pechersk district of the Komi Republic, in the interfluve of the Ichotliaga and the Pechora. The height of the pillars is from 30 to 42 meters.
Numerous legends are connected with them. Long ago Columns of Weathering were subjects of Mansi cult. The origin of these pillars was mysterious, so local population - Mansi, Komi and Russian people - created various legends about their uprise.
One of them is described in the book of the professor Vera Varsanofyeva "The Life of Mountains": "Voguls wandering here with their reindeer herds, tell that these stone pillars anciently were seven giants-Samoyeds who went over the mountains to Siberia to annihilate the Vogul people. But when they reached the peak named now Man-Pupu-nior, their leader-shaman saw Yalping-nior - the sacred Vogul mountain. Horror-stricken he threw his tambourine, which fell on the high conic peak (the peak has the name of Koip, that means "tambourine" in Vogul). The shaman and his companions turned to stone with fear".
There is another version of the Columns uprise. Six mighty giants pursued one of the Mansi tribes, going over the ridge of the Ural mountains. In sources of the river of Pechora on the pass the giants almost reached the tribe. But a small shaman with a face white like lime blocked the giants' way and turned them into six stone pillars. Since then each shaman from the Mansi tribe necessarily came to the sacred place and derived magic power from it.
Prepared on the basis of the article by Polina Orlova, "Izvestiya"
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