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A Journey to the Heart of The Russian Occult

By Marc Bennetts

Everyone knows about Grigory Rasputin, the mysterious monk whose malign influence over Tsar Nicholas II led indirectly to the Bolshevik Revolution. But the wild-eyed former peasant was not only – as Boney M put it -“Russia’s greatest love machine,” he was also rumoured to have links to the Khlysty sect, a bunch of self-flagellating nutters who tried to whip themselves closer to God.

That kind of thing was actually pretty par for the course in Rasputin’s Russia, which boasted hundreds of other bizarre cults (special shout out to castration freaks the Skoptsy) and more faith healers than doctors.

Still, upon my arrival in Russia in 1997, I was startled to find that over seven decades of communist rule had failed to dampen this occult fervour. Rasputin not only had heirs – they were thriving. Although it’s obviously hard to get exact figures, there are an estimated 400,000 plus professional occultists in Russia, with the business worth, according to some reports, up to $2 billion a year. That’s a lot of spells and a lot of cash floating around, whichever way you look at it.

Read the original article at: Sabotage Times

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