Pagan Holy Site Threatened

Hrafnkell at A Heathen’s Day passes on the word that a historic place of pre-Christian worship in Russia is in danger of destruction. The site in question is the Mountain Vottovaara (located in Russian-controlled Karelia), a place sacred to the indigenous Sami people (part of the Finno-Ugric linguistic family) of Northern Europe that contains approximately 1600 sacred stones called ‘seids’. Now a planned mining operation near Vottovaara is putting the historic site in jeopardy.A view of Vottovaara’s seid formations.”The old Pagan cult place in the Republic of Karelia (part of the Russian Federation) is in danger. Vottovaara was only “discovered” in 1978, and it consists of about 1500 sacred seita rocks, peculiar kind of rocks that were used as sacred sacrifical sites by the pre-Christian Finnic peoples. It is widely assumed that Vottovaara mountain was a sacred place for the Pagans living in the area.