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    http://www.fatemag.com/2005_10art4.html Lake of the Mountain Spirits by Paul Stonehill FATE Magazine - October 2005 The mysterious and holy Seidozero Lake is
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      Lake of the Mountain Spirits
      by Paul Stonehill
      FATE Magazine - October 2005

      The mysterious and holy Seidozero Lake is located in
      the center of the Lovozero tundra in Russia’s Kola
      Peninsula. It is connected with Lovozero Lake by a
      short but ferocious river, Seidyavryoka, and
      surrounded by low, flat-topped mountains. The lake’s
      beauty is breathtaking, and the surrounding area is
      the center of many anomalies.

      The Kola Peninsula is located on the northwestern rim
      of Russia, mostly above the Arctic Circle. It lies
      between the White Sea to the south and the Barents Sea
      to the north. Here, a number of anthropological,
      natural, and mystical enigmas co-exist side by side.

      Native Saami tribes have been living in this area for
      thousands of years. According to their legends, a
      great choom (a tent made of skins or bark) was placed
      near Seidozero Lake, and presents from all Saami nomad
      camps were brought there. The tribute was quite
      valuable, and included gold nuggets. During the
      invasion of Norwegian King Hakon, the old choom was
      destroyed and burned down. The shamans were able to
      hide the treasures collected through the ages in the
      deep waters of the sacred lake. There are rumors even
      nowadays about strange rituals performed by shamans in
      the vicinity of the lake.

      Spirit Stones

      Seid, the sacred stone of the Saami, is said to
      contain the spirits and souls of the deceased noaidi
      (shamans). Seids believed to possess magical powers
      were worshiped and sacrifices were performed in front
      of them. They were also used for fortune-telling. If a
      seid was not worshiped sufficiently, the spirit inside
      would leave it, and the rock became an empty vessel.
      Some Russian researchers believe there are 30 seids in
      the area.

      When Saami sail past the Kuiva seid on the shore of
      Seidozero, they are afraid to make loud noises or
      cuss, because the Old Man, as they call Kuiva, might
      overhear them. They are careful not to dirty the
      waters of the sacred lake, lest the Old Man take the
      fish away.

      On the Nepeslogchorr plain near Seidozero Lake,
      according to Saami mythology, there once stood three
      sorceresses, a mother and her daughters, who were
      turned to stone.

      The isthmus between the two lakes is called Motka.
      Over it is a constant clearing of blue sky.
      Hurricane-like winds blow from the Seidozero hollow.
      The surrounding mountains do not protect the lake from
      winds. Rain and clouds are frequent, and huge waves
      sometimes make sailing virtually impossible.

      It is a very hard task to get to Seidozero, either by
      water or by land. The lake is surrounded by a thick,
      almost impenetrable evergreen forest that separates it
      from the mountains. The trees here are the tallest in
      the Kola Peninsula, and one can find black currants in
      the forest and wild grapes in the foothills.

      The climb to the top of the nearby Ninchurg Mountain
      is both difficult and fascinating. The higher one
      climbs, the more beautiful the mysterious lake below
      becomes. Strange signs are found carved into the
      vertical sides of the steps. The inscriptions are
      complex, incomprehensible, and eerie, as are the
      monuments made of stacked-up stones found at regular
      intervals on the path to the summit

      This is a place of many enigmas, including gigantic,
      geometrically correct plates, huge rocks bored through
      by some unknown and sizable drill, underground
      tunnels, strange wells, and seven mysterious pillars
      standing next to each other like a wall.

      Were the tunnels built by Stalin’s slaves looking for
      uranium? This was one explanation proffered by Soviet
      scientists who arrived in the area to elucidate its
      many puzzles, including the unexplained disappearances
      of visiting tourists. But they could not fully explain
      the many mysteries of the region.

      According to legend, Seidozero Lake has a false
      bottom. Soviet expeditions sponsored by the secret
      police in the 1920s apparently visited a cave under
      the lake.

      The 1998 expedition led by Mikhail Dyomin discovered a
      ritual well, mysterious signs and writings, and the
      ruins of an ancient observatory—a 15-meter-long trench
      pointing at the sky. In 2001, a new expedition led by
      Dyomin discovered a huge cave on the lakeshore.The
      next year they found more surprises, including stone
      panels made with metallic tools that dated back to
      8000 B.C.

      World War II Interest

      A recent article by Igor Gusev in the Russian
      newspaper Anomaliya (Issue 1, 2005) revealed that Nazi
      intelligence agents also visited Seidozero. Gusev
      claims that some tourists found clothing with Nazi
      insignias in a cave by the lake.

      The Ahnenerbe Forschungs und Lehrgemeinschaft
      (Ancestral Heritage Research and Teaching Society),
      founded in 1935 with Hitler’s blessing and merged with
      the SS two years later, may have been active in the
      region. The Ahnenerbe’s mission was to provide
      anthropological and archaeological evidence to
      determine the origins of the “Aryan race.” Some Nazi
      ideologues believed that the answer to this mystery
      lay in the lost city of Atlantis. Their Atlantis was
      the mythical land of Thule, lying between Greenland
      and Iceland—or, according to some, in the Kola

      From 1940 through 1944, the Nazis occupied the north
      of Russia with the exception of the Kola Peninsula.
      The Germans knew the strategic importance of the
      ice-free port of Murmansk and the vast natural wealth
      of the region. Perhaps they knew about its paranormal
      phenomena too. But the Soviets also knew the
      importance of their northern peninsula and defended it
      at all costs.

      The Lake of the Mountain Spirits is mysterious,
      pristine, and remote. I hope it remains so until the
      time to unlock its secrets comes. Until then,
      Seidozero should rest undisturbed by noisy and prying

      Paul Stonehill is the author of the Soviet UFO Files
      (1998) and co-author of UFO-USSR (2005).

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