Carpe Diem #373: Ob River


celestial flame
Mother of Ob-Ugric people
Golden Woman hides
photo: Ob River

There is a legend that the Ob-Ugric people, who live near the Konda River, a tributary of the Ob River, have concerning a “Golden Woman” (Zolotaya Baba). The legend claims that she is made of pure gold, and that no one has the right to see her or enter her cave full of treasures except for hereditary Guardians, signified by their red clothing and bearing gifts collected.

There is also another deity named Chooros nai anki, according to Paul Stonehill, who wrote “Mysteries of the Golden Woman of Ugra.” Chooros means “ocean”, “nai” means female deity, as well as fire or flame, while “anki” means mother. Stonehill believes that Chooros nai anki of Ob-Ugric legend is also the “Golden Woman”.

For a more in-depth look at the ethnography, legend, and history of the Ob-Ugric, please click the link above.

This haiku is for Carpe Diem #373: Ob River. Chevrefeuille went a little ahead on our trip with Paulo Coelho and put us in a bit of a hover-mode, so I took the opportunity to look up some legends of the Ob River and the surrounding area.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

Source: “Mysteries of the Golden Woman of Ugra” by Paul Stonehill. Found at


3 thoughts on “Carpe Diem #373: Ob River

  1. What a beautiful legend you share here with us Jeremy … very nicely caught in your haiku. And yes … I am a bit to far and this is a nice opportunity to reflect on this journey straight through the Soviet Union.

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