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What is the significance of sacred springs in Russia?


On my two most recent trips to Russia friends have taken me to visit local sacred springs. The two I have been to have been located in rural, wooded areas and each had a small Russian Orthodox church or chapel next to it. People swim or bathe in the spring and bring bottles to take water from the spring home. But I have been unable to discover what makes a spring sacred, the tradition behind sacred springs and the role, if any, they play in the Russian Orthodox religion. I do know that the springs are not like holy water in the Roman Catholic Church.

 

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    lincolnanderson 4 years ago

    Places where Mother Mary has appeared become sacred. I've heard of Mary Magdalene refered to as Divine Mother too. I found a lot at www.thetruejesus.org and also much on ancient history, perhaps there's more there on Sacred Healing Waters.

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    ken1975 4 years ago

    That's the first time I've heard the Divine mother being connected specifically to a spring. When I hear of the Divine Mother I often think of the mother of Jesus Christ or a perhaps the archetypal mother. Does the Divine Mother term refer to a speci