"We had wandered far above and beyond the pass in the confusion of the storm. The snow was falling heavy and wet. I struggled, slipping with every glide; my skis creaked ominously. I shouted after the others, twice in Altai and once in Russian.
Why had they left me?
I felt the horsehair separating from the spruce. Something blunt struck my chest. Snow covered my eyes and then I was falling…
…the cavity was weird and laryngeal. The storm raged above, deafening: the sound of grunting elk, the galloping of hooves, thousands of hooves, the sound of snow sloughing off fur, sloughing off the fur the great mountain, of the ancient and snowy range of the Altai.
After a long time, I lit a single match. Slowly, I saw them. They were down there, somehow, had always been down there, the antlered herd, their vaporous, luminous breath rolling across the floor of the cavity. It felt warm and animal. I thought of the Volga in August, of swimming, of the long afternoons and longer dreams. One of the beasts approached. The match dimmed….”
Verbickij, V. I., Journey Beyond the River Oxus. St. Petersburg, 1889.
"I was the same as your Sea King here. I had a son who tugged my beard, a wife who showed me marvels, and wild spinach, brothers - as much as you want….”
Brlić-Mažuranić, Ivana. Croatian Tales of Long Ago. Zagreb:1916.
“Mount Meru, which is the North Pole, is said to have seven gold and seven silver steps leading to it.”
Blavatsky, H.P., The Secret Doctrine
“As we approached the pole, I often thought I saw a huge snowy peak in the distance. It would have dwarfed the Alps in comparison. I never spoke of this to the men, although one day the first mate asked me how far away I thought a particular range was. All I could see was ice.”
Williams, F. Rogers. Journey to Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound: London, 1871
"Although coca chewing is thought to enhance the sexuality of younger men just past puberty, the Kogi say that later it reduces the desire for sex and causes impotency. All this is good, since the Kogi say that sex is bad and dangerous, and that the suppression of sex is an important and desired effect of chewing coca. For this reason, however, the younger men try to avoid chewing coca, but the mámas and other men often criticize them for not chewing it.
The physical weakness of the undernourished and coca-drugged men causes sexual tension with the women, and Reichel-Dolmatoff noted a high frequency of sexual aberrations among the Kogi: female and male homosexuality is present, he says, in all villages and incest within the nuclear family is also high.”
-Wilson, Dr. David J., Southern Methodist University
So, Elder Brother. I was WITH you, bro. But I’m not sure I can join coke-dong nation. Ya’ll a buncha fiends.
"The Mansi allege that the pass is guarded by a bear with a green pelt…"
Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire
"[the Mansi people] conceived of the circumpolar region as a dense forest, at the center of which is a tree like a village. The tree has seven branches. At the base of the tree lives a slumbering bear with luminous, green fur. The dreams of the bear are "the ones watching the passes." They call Ursa Major "the Green One" and only perform certain rites under the auspices of a clear, starry sky.
Bahrushin, Alexsander. Oral Poetry of the Ob-Ugrians: Moscow: 1953.
"The corpses were discovered at various distances from the camp site and showed little immediate outward sign of injury but on investigation it was discovered that two victims had a fractured skull (one severe), two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. In addition, two of the victims’ clothes were discovered to contain trace levels of radiation. Russian investigators finally closed the case stating only that "a compelling natural force" had caused the deaths."
"Holat-Sjahyl, the mountain (1079 m) on the watershed between the upper ridge and its tributary Lozvy Auspii 15 km SW of Otorten. Mansiysk "Holat-Sjahyl" Mountain of the Dead…..in Mansi Otorten literally means "do not go there."