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Google Earth Reveals Huge Pentagram in Kazakhstan

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Al Arabia posted an article about the flurry of conspiracy theories cropping up around the image of a huge pentagram etched into the ground in a remote area of Kazakhstan that surfaced on Google maps.

The five-pointed star measures 366 meters in diameter and is situated on the southern shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir in the north of Kazakhstan.
There are almost no other signs of human habitation in the area; the closest settlement is the city of Lisakovsk, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the east.
The reason for the symbol and its location in such a far-flung corner of the country is unknown.

The image, which was first brought to global attention by an English language Russian website in 2009, resurfaced recently in a popular science blog,  The Daily Mail, and has caused quite a stir:

Some online commenters have concluded that the symbol is the work of a satanic cult. This explanation has been propped up by two Googlemaps users named “Adam” and “Lucifer,” a name associated with the devil, who have highlighted the pentagram.Others guess that it could be the remains of a Russian military base, or the abandoned site of a Soviet-era lakeside campground. Kazakhstan was part of the former Soviet Union until its independence in 1991.

One internet user, Kurt Yates, from Seattle, Washington, posted on the Live Science website: ‘It’s probably an abandoned surface to air missile site.

“I was a military pilot and these things are all over the place in areas that use(d) Russian (Soviet) air defense systems.

“The shape has something to do with how their tracking radars work.”

But not all are convinced by this explanation. Another Internet user, Josh Destardi, wrote onLive Science: “Not a theorist, but an air missile site that just happens to be in the shape of a perfect pentagram? Don’t buy it.”


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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