Carpe Diem #378: Irkutsk

time of revelry
music inspires youth to dance
green-eyed monster strikes
 

For Carpe Diem #378: Irkutsk. We are stopping in Irkutsk with Paulo Coelho and Hilal on our train trip in Aleph. From Chevrefeuille: We have arrived at Irkutsk where Paulo has an appointment with a few of his readers. His publishers have created a grand party for him with a local singer and local dancers. He has Hilal with him as his companion. Hilal feels free and attracted to a younger man of her own age and she dances with him. Paulo is glad to see that, but also feels somewhat of jealousy. 

Head over to Carpe Diem for more information about Irkutsk and to catch up with our journey so far.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

Carpe Diem #377: Tayshet

horror of battle
prisoner of war long passed
international
 

We are passing Tayshet, administrative center for gulag labor camps Oserlag and Angarstroy, with Paulo Coelho in Aleph.  From Wikipedia: According to some survivor accounts, between Tayshet and Bratsk there is “a dead man under every sleeper.” Along with Japanese prisoners from the Kwantung Army, German prisoners of war formed a large proportion of the forced labor contingent, generally under a 25-year sentence.

Prisoners work at Belbaltlag, a Gulag camp for building the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal .
From the 1932 documentary film, Baltic to White Sea Water Way. Courtesy of the Central Russian Film and Photo Archive.

Carpe Diem #375: Krasnoyarsk

status binds love’s choice
refuge sought in holy hands
flames know no lines
 

Emblem of the Inquisition

For Carpe Diem #375: Krasnoyarsk. Our next stop on the train trip with Paulo Coelho in Aleph. Here Paulo delves deeper into “The Ring of Fire” and discovers more of the common history between him and Hilal. In a past life Hilal was the daughter of a rich man while Paulo was a poor boy. They fell in love, but their respective statuses prevent them from ever marrying.

Past Paulo joins the Dominican Order, the order responsible for prosecuting the Inquisition, and ends up condemning past Hilal to be burned.

For a more in-depth look at the city and the story, head over to Carpe Diem.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

Carpe Diem #374: Novosibirsk

 
Qi out of balance
uncivil mind and soul war 
unhallowed fire
 
 
 

 For Carpe Diem #374: Novosibirsk. We continue our ride along with Paulo Coelho on the TSR as it reaches Novosibirsk. Here he realizes his feelings for Hilal, but also realizes he condemned her as a witch during the Inquisition, causing her to be burned to death on a pyre.

For more in depth information, head over to Carpe Diem. Chevrefeuille explains the city and point in the story better than I could.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn

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 http://www.world-mysteries.com/pstonehill_1.htm