Blue Stone (Russia)

Sin-Kamen (Синь-Камень, in Russian literally – Blue Stone, or Blue Rock) is a type of pagan sacred stones, widespread in Russia in areas historically inhabited by both Eastern Slavic (Russian), and Volga Finnic tribes (Merya, Muroma[1]). Unlike Sledovik (both Sledovik proper and Cup-stones), Blue Stones did not have major hallows on them, and were venerated in a simpler way: by pouring water on them, or leaving food offerings. Some of the Blue Stones are still known, and to some extent venerated by local populations.

If used as a personal name, Sin-Kamen (Blue Rock) usually refers to the most famous sacred stone of this kind, located on a shore of Lake Pleshcheyevo near Pereslavl-Zalesskiy. While in the majority of cases, the stones belonging to the Blue Stones type are black or dark gray, this particular stone does indeed look dark blue when wet.[2] The stone surface is covered with small knobs;[2] its weight is estimated to be about 12 tons.[3]

See also

  • Sieidis - sacred stones of the Finno-Ugric Sami culture
  • Sledovik another type of Slavic/Ugric sacred stone

References

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