10 Facts About the Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin

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The Romanovs were the last imperial family in Russia, lead by Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra before the revolution in 1917. The Tsarina believed strongly in the supernatural, which lead her to hire a monk as her spiritual advisor. That monk was Grigori Rasputin.

It turns out that Rasputin was more than just a humble monk. He has been considered one of the most evil figures in history – and even possibly the devil incarnate.

10. He Was a Prodigy

Grigori Rasputin (pictured here with his children) grew up as a peasant in a small Siberian village called Pokrovskoye. His entire family was an illiterate farming family, and they had a reputation for being horse thieves.

As a child, Rasputin claimed to have healing powers, and he could also see into the future.

At that time in Russia, the occult was actually in fashion. So, Instead of burning him at the stake for witchcraft, these peasants in the village simply accepted that he actually had incredible healing powers. This allowed him to get away with swearing, stealing, drinking, sleeping around, and generally being a terrible person.

He got married, and had children, but at 28-years-old, he declared that he wanted to change his ways and become a monk. This meant abandoning his family in order to go on this spiritual quest. He began living in a monastery, but when he realized he did not actually want to be a Russian Orthodox priest, he abruptly decided to leave and walk home, wandering around the woods of Siberia.

Keep in mind that the Siberian forest is no joke. It’s filled with wolves, tigers, bears, vipers, and wolverines. When he finally came back to his village, people could see that he was a totally changed man. He now had a long beard, and his eyes stared on forever, and he claimed that his spiritual power had intensified.

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