The seven 30 to 42 meter high rock pillars Manpupunjor in Komi in the Ural Mountains have been part of the “Seven Wonders of Russia” since 2008. The striking megaliths are the remains of a 200-million-year-old eroded mountain range and resemble human outlines, which is why they are still referred to as gods in Mansi mythology today.
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Thousands of years ago, our ancestors shared myths and legends around the campfire about mysterious places that still amaze researchers today and make adventurers’ blood run cold. Whether these stories actually happened or are just the expression of an overly fertile imagination will probably always remain a mystery.
The Manpupunjor plateau, also known as the “Valley of the Idols” or “Mountain of the Gods”, is a mysterious place that is the subject of seven different myths.
The place is located in a remote part of the Komi Republic in northwestern Russia – right in the heart of the Ural Mountains, a mountain range separating Europe from Asia. The Urals are famous as the “Stone Belt of Russia” and known for its mineral resources – including gold, silver, platinum and diamonds..(The Barabar Caves and Ancient Writings Prove The Atlanteans Were Domineering Tyrants Who Brought Nuclear Catastrophe To Earth (Videos))
The 600-million-year-old Ural Mountains lie along the 60th longitude, stretching from the north to far south of Russia and have a total area of around 781,100 square kilometers.
The seven Manpupunjor rocks of the plateau are between 30 and 42 meters high and are often referred to by scientists as the pillars of weathering. The name Manpupunjor comes from the Mansi language common in Siberia.
The Mansi are a numerically small indigenous people in the north-east of the Urals. Many of the more than 12,000 tribal members traditionally live from hunting, fishing and reindeer herding. The Mansi language is now threatened with extinction – some dialects already no longer exist.
Shamanism is still part of the Mansi ethnic religion, although the Mansi were converted to Christianity as early as the 18th century. The Mansi writer Yuvan Shestalov, who died in November 2011, was even convinced that the Mansi are direct descendants of the ancient Sumerians.(Underground facilities that shouldn’t exist: Secret corridor systems, gigantic underground metropolises and the Erdstall puzzle)
Transformed into whimsical stone figures by Mother Nature
Worshiped by the Mansi today, the stone giants are the pitiful remains of a 200-million-year-old eroded mountain range, gradually destroyed by rain, snow, wind, frost, heat and sun, and over the course of millions of years mother nature transformed them into whimsical stone figures was transformed. Today, the mighty giants are one of the “Seven Wonders of Russia”.
The Stonehenge of the Urals, as tourists like to call the stone megaliths, are associated with numerous urban myths and legends. The mysterious place is still a sacred place of worship for the Mansi, who believe they recognize gods and shamans in the stone formation.
According to a legend, the megaliths were once giants who were on their way to Siberia to destroy the Mansi tribe. When they reached the plateau, the shaman saw the holy mountain Jalping-Njor lying in front of him.
He is said to have been so horrified that he threw the shaman’s drum to the ground. At that moment, the shaman and the other giants turned into stones and the drum grew into a great mountain, which today bears the name of Koipel, which means drum in Mansi.
According to another legend, the rock giants are said to be six petrified dogs and a shaman. It is said that the dogs pursued the natives of the region. Suddenly a shaman appeared, who with a magic spell first froze the dogs and then himself to stone.
There is another interesting legend. It says that the wise chief Kuushai had two children. The beautiful Aim and a son named Pygychum. Aim was known far beyond the Ural Mountains for its beauty.
Not only was she slender as a pine, but she could also sing beautifully, so that even the deer from the valley of Ydshyd-Ljag rushed to her. The giant Torev (bear) is said to have been so taken with Aim’s singing that he asked Kuushai to give him Aim in marriage – but Aim just laughed at Torev.
Torev was not only offended, but so angry that he rounded up his brothers and went with them to Torre-Porre-Is mountain to kidnap Aim. When Pygychum were out hunting with the other men of the tribe, the giants were already at the gates of the stone city – there was fierce fighting all day long.
Meanwhile Aim climbed the highest tower of the castle, called to Pygychum and asked the good spirits for help. At that moment there was lightning and thunder, black clouds settled over the city. Torev was still furious and smashed the crystal castle with his stone club, whereupon the wind blew the shards apart, which is why rock crystal is said to be found on the bosom of the Ural Mountains to this day.
Meanwhile, Aim managed to escape into the mountains, but Torev was faster and caught up with them. He almost got hold of her, but Pygychum was able to overpower Torev with a blank shield and a sharp sword, which he received from the good spirits.
Because the sun was reflected on the shield, a bundle of rays hit the giant’s eyes, so that he dropped his shaman’s drum. His brothers watched in horror as Torev and his drum turned to stone. They panicked and tried to flee, but were caught by the rays and turned to stone.
Millennia have already passed and the brothers are still rooted to the plateau – not far away the shaman drum of Torev rises as Mount Koip. To this day, the Mansi people preserve the legends of their ancestors, passed from generation to generation from memory.
Shoria megalithic complex
In what could soon be considered a find for eternity, Russian geologists are releasing thorough information about a newly discovered megalithic site in the mountains of southern Kuzbass. The “Russian Stonehenge” was first mentioned in 1991 and is located in the Kemerovo region 1200 meters above sea level.
According to some of the early tests, the site is about 100,000 years old, rises about 40 meters (131 ft) high and stretches 200 meters (656 ft) in an area of the Shoria Mountains. When you look at these incredible images, you’ll see that the rocks are positioned systematically – and some of the masonry weighs in at over 1,000 tons.
This gallery showcases some of the first photographs taken of the site – and the sheer size of the masonry used to create the structures.
Here are a few highlights (translated) by researcher George Sidorov in a Russian article;
– One of the initiators of the expedition – a native of the Kemerovo region, researcher George Sidorov wrote: “What we saw there was shocking in its scope. Huge blocks of granite stacked in a wall of polygonal masonry.”
– “Geologists found constructions compared to Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. They intend to return this summer to (try) and solve the mystery of their origin,” he told ITAR-Tass, deputy chairman of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society Eugene Wertman.
– According to preliminary estimates, the “wall” is about 40 meters high and almost 200 meters long. The length of the stones that make up the building is about 20 meters and the height is 5-7 meters. Each block weighs over 1000 tons.
– Scientists consider two versions for the origin of the structure. On one of them it appeared in the days of ancient civilization:
“Most likely, this culture had a technology that is incomprehensible and inaccessible to us. The question arises: How did they erect the buildings and raise the blocks on the high mountains over 1000 meters.
Additional geologist’s notes
What we saw exceeded all of our expectations. We stood in front of the wall, built of huge blocks of granite, some of which are 20 meters long and 6 meters high. Interestingly, the megalithic masonry, sometimes alternating polygonal masonry, is very unusual. At the top of the wall we saw traces of ancient rock fusion.
It was clear to us that the structure was destroyed by powerful thermonuclear explosions or something similar. I’m not sure what type of facility we’re looking at – we couldn’t figure it out. But we filmed megalithic blocks, their locks – articulation scattered around the huge granite bricks.
In the afternoon we drove to the neighboring peak, where before our eyes stood a strange cyclopean construction made of vertical boulders on a huge foundation. We all came to the conclusion that we were observing an ancient design, since in some places the vertical plates of the capacitor were blocked by powerful horizontal blocks. Photographed strange constructions, we went down to the camp.
It was clear that we were dealing with something mysterious and very old. On the second night in the camp, many of our people hardly slept, despite being tired. We tried to understand that we are facing. Like huge blocks, weighing much more than the Baalbeck stones, we see granite terraces. For what purpose was everything built, and then destroyed a powerful thermal effect?
The next morning we decided to explore the ruins further.
The conclusion was unequivocal, we are faced with an inexplicable phenomenon of a negative magnetic field. Where does it come from? Perhaps it is the residual phenomenon of ancient anti-gravity technologies.
At the same time we measured the background radiation; it was lower than in the city. Other ruins that were some distance away could also be evaluated, but over time we had tension, besides, it started snowing in the mountains too, and we had to limit our research.
So the only thing we have is away from the special unmanned sightseeing of the ruin and the nearby mountain panorama.
The largest pieces or blocks of stone are reported to have an estimated weight of between three and four thousand tons, which would make them larger than the megaliths at Baalbek, now in Lebanon.
The blocks look stacked, almost like cyclopean masonry, and they’re huge!
The Shoria site is evidence of an ancient lost civilization; a civilization capable of incredible feats of engineering that would be virtually impossible even with our modern technology.
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Sources: PublicDomain/Frank Schwede for PRAVDA TV on 01/13/2022