The amazing birthplace of the magical Snow Maiden

Forests on the left bank of the Volga – in places where there is
Museum-estate of the great Russian playwright A.N. Ostrovsky
(Shchelykovo), has long been considered mystical, but rather to say –
fabulous, magical. Here the devil easily makes a person
To stray, as they say, in three pines, and, happens, not one day.
Therefore, the locals do not particularly like to go deep into the thicket.
do not advise. And if the need has come to go for mushrooms or berries, they
recommend putting a pinch of salt in a pocket.

Vladimir Shcherbinin – an avid mushroom picker and local old-timer –
tells how he once forgot the salt and circled through the forest until dark.
The man heard the noise of cars on the Navolok road, and get out of
captivity could not, until he bowed to the owner …

The owner is, of course, the devil, or the forester. He is prudent
refers to his “farm” and is very strict and demanding
to the guests. However, the devil may be generous, it confirms
the story of Evgeny Sidorov, another resident of these places:

One day my wife and I stayed in Kineshma and went for mushrooms. Time
It was an after-dinner, and it seemed inappropriate for this business, however
We met a few mushroom pickers with full baskets of hats from
Husky: legs are traditionally neglected here. Well, we think, maybe, and
our share of anything left! ..

Entered the forest, wandered for half an hour, an hour – no, no mushrooms. Well
I then asked my grandfather-forest to give us a little
fungi. He asked respectfully, with a bow. And five minutes is not
passed, as I hear, my wife is calling. I hurried to her – and she,
it turns out that she found a glade, the whole stubs lined up, and on each
hemp – on a hefty hat again. For half an hour we filled our

The fairy tale was born in this amazing place.
�”Snow Maiden”

In these parts are the former possessions of A.N. Ostrovsky, который
in 1867 together with his brother Michael bought his father’s estate from
stepmother. Since that time, Alexander Nikolaevich spends in Shchelykov
4-5 months a year. Here he works on the plays “Forest”, “Thunderstorm”,
�”Dowry” and many others. Here the playwright ponders
замысел очаровательной сказки �”Snow Maiden”.

It is quite remarkable that the film for this play was filmed in
surroundings Schelykova. Needless to say, the places here are just fabulous.
For example, at the edge of the Berendeye glade (Yarilin valley), where
Ostrovsky once enthusiastically watched folk games,
roots go back to gray paganism (and where later
shooting movies), is the so-called “devil’s
a source”.

It looks like an ordinary spring, surrounded by a mighty hexagon
felling It seems that the keys are beating from its bottom: the bottom seems to be boiling,
throwing away the yellow beautiful sand. In the intense heat I want not
just drink water, but plunge into the source itself …

The official name of this spring is “Blue Key”. Local
legend has it that he was formed in the place where once
The Snow Maiden has melted away. The heart of the icy beauty did not die and
continues to beat in the depths of the source. The water in the “Blue Key” on
surprise salty.

However, approaching it alone is very dangerous: known
cases when people not only drowned in a spring, but disappeared without
trace. It is said that these great sinners go straight to hell, so
as the sand does not boil at the bottom of the source: here comes out of the bowels of the earth
brimstone! ..

You look in the well – and it seems that to the bottom of it all
a meter and a half, how can you drown? But this is very deceptive.
impression: the depth here is thirteen meters. AND
Thirteen (!) Keys are tirelessly carrying new portions out of the ground
yellow mineral. ANDногда по непонятным причинам число ключей
doubles or even triples, but it is always strictly a multiple

It is also said that the unknown is often “switched on”
geoenergy field that multiplies the effect
familiar to us electromagnetic fields. AND тогда лесная нечисть
imbued with witchcraft energy, activated sorcerers and witches,
and local radio amateurs who work in the VHF range (when
radio communication is stable only at a distance of 15-20 km), they begin
suddenly talking to the same stations around the world …

In general, it is not surprising that twice a year they gather in Kineshma.
black magicians, as well as the most desperate psychics. Mysterious,
dark places where it’s just right to make “Sabbaths” and where it fights in
the cold water of the spring heart of the Snow Maiden, scorched earth
love …

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