Елена Андреева

Страна : Украина

Филолог, переводчик, психолог, музыкант, преподаватель. Пишет давно, но ранее не издавалась. Жанр – фантастика, драма.


Country :  Ukraine

Philologist, translator, psychologist, musician, teacher. She has been writing for a long time, but has not been published before. The genre of her stories is mostly drama but not only. Elena likes to write in fantasy and science fiction as well.


Отрывок из статьи “Mystery and Legends of Braslav Lakes

There’s a fragile world reigning, 

although there is a war around the hush of forests that cover them. Invites to rest a disarmed warrior And everyone here is breathing happiness 

and tenderness. 

P. Murat 

The largest lake group in Belarus, including more than 50 lakes, is located around Braslav. Their total area exceeds 130 km2, and the basin area is more than 800 km2, or more than a third of the area. The lakes are connected by numerous, but mostly shallow streams, rivers and streams with the length of more than 300 km. The most famous of the Braslav lakes are the Drivyaty, Tsno, Nespish, Nedrovo, Potsekh, Voyso, Boloyso, Strusto, Snudy, Lake Osveyskoye, Volos Severny and Volos Yuzhny. The area of these eleven lakes is 93 km2, almost 50 km long. The outskirts of Braslav are one of the few regions of Belarus where there were inhabited lake islands. The water since ancient times has represented a mysterious and magical environment for Belarusians, where mighty creatures other than humans lived. It is not surprising that the lakes of Braslav are shrouded in legends and myths. Braslav region, the cradle of civilization of Belarus, in addition to the unique and rich flora and fauna, is famous for many more legends and mysteries. Although some enigmas are worth mentioning as well. 

The lake on the lake 

Surrounded by pines, Strusto is a tent paradise. Here you’ll find campsites to suit every taste and wallet, from ascetic student campsites to fully-equipped campsites. Surrounded by pines, Strusto is a tent paradise. Here you’ll find campsites to suit every taste and wallet, from ascetic student campsites to fully-equipped campsites, to be booked in advance from the tourism department in the national park. 

Strusto lake and Shovo island 

Strusto’s main attraction is Chaichin Island, the largest in the Braslav district. The name comes from the word “seagull”, as all this land, since the destruction of the last village, is fully owned by birds. The island has a unique nature, for example, the Karelian birch grows here by a miracle which has absolutely nothing to do in Belarus. Deep bays hide the cleanest beaches, isthmus, peninsulas and even an inner lake. It is not easy to find it being carefully hidden by lush thickets. But the tireless seeker 

will open an amazing spectacle: the forest ends and a perfectly round mirror of water opens in front of the eyes. One legend of the Braslav region is associated with the unusual origin of Lake Strusto. The deep clean reservoir which is so liked by connoisseurs of the good fishing. The legend says that once in a marriage of fame lived a girl named Strusto, and she loved a man with an unusual name Shovo. Probably this legend has Bulgarian roots at least this is evidenced by the fact that not typical for the Slavs war started and Shovo went to defend his homeland from enemy forces. He promised to Strusto that he would return alive and unharmed, and his beloved was waiting for him. The whole war was coming to its end, but the Shovo was still gone and nobody knew what had happened to him. The girl cried inconsolably and cried the whole lake. In the end, the heart of the beauty could not stand: she realized that her fiancé was no longer alive, went out to the lakeshore, looked at the sky for the last time, and rushed into the water. There, where her body rested, a small island appeared. 

St. Teresa Bay 

The bay of the holy crystal clear water, an abundance of fish and crustaceans, comfortable shores – there is everything you need for recreation. One of the bays of Lake Nedrovo is named after St. Teresa, although almost no local residents can explain why. There is a legend, according to which a beautiful girl named Teresa once lived on the lakeshore. She was known not only for her fairy tale beauty with her blue eyes, snow-white skin, and golden hair all to the ground but also for her kind character: she helped everybody in trouble, was wise not by her age, treated the locals with spells and herbs. For all this, she was called a saint. One day Teresa went to the lake to wash her laundry. The sun was very strong and very warm. Teresa wanted to take a swim. She fainted in the middle of the lake and went to the bottom like a stone. The locals said then that God takes the bright people early. Since then, this bay has been called after St. Teresa. 

The deepest lakes South Voloso (40.4 meters deep), North Voloso (29.2 meters) 

Pagan Vladimir Svyatoslavovich (Krasna Solnishko) and his henchmen wishing to strengthen the position in society and to centralize authority, baptized Russia by fire and a sword. The Belarusian principalities of that time fell under the pressure of Kiev, abandoned their traditional beliefs and accepted Christianity. Nevertheless, pagan traditions live in Belarus to this day. For example, in Minsk – the largest city of the country – the last pagan temple was destroyed by the Bolsheviks only in the twenties. Since Belarus is a lake country, pagan hydroniums are common here. Such as the South Volos and the North Volos. After a stone – the altar of a pagan deity – was discovered on the shore of one of the lakes, the theory emerged that the name of the reservoir came from the pagan god Veles, the owner of the dead kingdom, the 

patron of animal husbandry, ritual poetry and wealth. How fair this version is, time will tell. 

Of all 300 lakes on the Braslav land, the largest is Drivyaty with an area of 36 sq. km. In ancient times, in the twentieth century, when the waters of the lake were hugging the foundations of nearby houses, rods were thrown directly from the roofs. There was so much fish in the lake that even the lazy one would not be left without a catch. 

In general, the word Brasl itself is translated from Latvian as “ford”, so the local waters have never been famous for their special depth. One of the fords even had a road to the Polotsk lands, between the lakes Drivyaty and Novyaty. 

The bluest lakes in Braslav are the best visited on foot in spring and summer when the whole area becomes a botanical garden. It is advisable to take a guide for a walk, as the surroundings are full of healing herbs and plants, which can be stepped on inadvertently, you wouldn’t like to miss a thing of those marvellous lands and waters. 

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