March 13, 2021
Good afternoon, my dear readers, how are you? Today I would like to tell you about the most wonderful and incredible sight of our world – Lake Baikal. How it was formed, what legends it is surrounded by and what you can see there. If you already feel interest in my article, sit back, make a cup of aromatic coffee or hot tea and let’s get started.
Lake Baikal is a truly unique creation of nature, it is the deepest lake in the world, the widest on the continent and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water. Its waters are so clean that local residents make tea from Baikal ice for visiting tourists, and also treat guests to alcohol drinks from ice glasses.
Baikal was formed as a result of a fault in the upper solid layer of the Earth several million years ago, according to scientists, the age of the lake is about 25 million years. This is incredible, if you think about the fact that perhaps the first life was born in its waters, it was a source of fresh water for the first inhabitants of our planet – dinosaurs.
What else is this lake in business for its long existence and what secrets its depth keeps, one can only guess. There is a lake in the center of the fault in the earth’s crust, and scientists have calculated that during all this time, the bottom of the lake was filled with rocks of ancient trees, the remains of dead animals and plants to a depth of 8 km. Considering that the deepest point of the lake is at around 1.6 km, it can be concluded that the lake was actually more than 9 km deep, the possible width was also much greater, which is why ancient myths have survived, in which the lake was called the sea.
The most popular and oldest legend is the story of local residents about the origin of the lake – in ancient times, the gods decided to punish people for their way of life, and at the same moment the earth split into pieces and fire began to burst out of this place, destroying everything in its way.
People prayed to the gods, but their prayers were not heard, the gods turned away from them and then people began to shout «Bai Gaal» which in the local language means «fire, go away». Gradually the fire went out and the crack began to fill with water. Since then, the lake has become a place of power and sacrifice to the gods in order to appease them and not provoke their anger again.
We can only guess what sacrifices were made to the ancient gods, but over time they acquired a more humane appearance. No one kills animals and people on the shore of the lake, you can only see stone pyramids, which still resemble altars for gifts to the gods, only now milk or food is used as a sacrifice, with the help of which people appease the local spirits living in the waters of the ancient sea and ask them to fulfill their requests. One way or another, Baikal is considered a place of power, and not only tourists, but also esotericists, magicians and shamans come here, considering Baikal an accumulation of powerful strength and incredible energy.
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Another most famous legend is the myth of a fiery dragon that lives in the depths of the lake and protects it from evil actions of man. It is believed that you cannot throw garbage into Lake Baikal, swear on its shore, ask the spirits living in the water, fulfill bad requests of a person, harm the local flora and fauna, because for bad actions of a person, punishment from a fire dragon will certainly come. People believe that a long time ago, the fire dragon, flying over this place, got tired and decided to rest here, but the place was rocky and not very suitable for sleeping. Then the dragon hit with its fiery tail and a crack appeared, hit the second time – the crack was filled with water, hit the third time and beautiful meadows and amazing animals appeared in this place. The dragon liked what he created so much that he decided to go under the water of the lake he created only occasionally to go out on land.
Many years have passed since then, people who did not know that a divine creature lived in the waters, settled in this area, but when the dragon appeared, people were frightened and began to bring him gifts so that he would save their lives. Since then, the dragon sometimes came to the surface of the lake to pick up sacrifices, and people lived happily and peacefully. But once, coming out again, the dragon did not see the gifts and was very angry, he flooded the area, taking the lives of not grateful inhabitants, and he himself remained forever at the bottom of the lake, deciding never to appear on the surface again. Since then, people are afraid of offending the dragon so that he does not get angry again and does not destroy life, therefore they themselves respect the lake and demand this from visiting travelers.
The list of activities that you can do on the lake is quite large – underwater winter diving, hiking trails in nature reserves with unrealistic views of local vegetation, excursions to the caves that are located next to the lake, a car ride on the hardest ice of Lake Baikal in winter, fishing, visiting local shamans and participation in their rituals and many more interesting and incredible things that you can do on this unique lake.
One thing remains unchanged – you should definitely visit it at the first opportunity to touch the waters of a stunning creation of nature, feel the rich history of this place and feel the incredible energy that gives strength.
My dear readers, thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my article today. Dream more, keep good mood, take care and welcome to Russia.