Rekom temple

The Rekom Temple is located in the Alagirsky District, Russia. It is a focal point for Scythian (neo) paganism.

rekom temple

The Rekom Temple is located in the Alagirsky District of North Ossetia–Alania, Russia. It is a focal point for Scythian (neo) paganism. The Rekom temple boasts a rich history dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Having undergone multiple reconstructions over the years, with notable renovations in 1972 and 1995, the temple stands as a testament to the enduring cultural and religious heritage of the region. Dedicated to Uastyrdzhi, the revered “Patron of Men” known as Lægty Dzuar (Лæгты Дзуар), Rekom Temple holds a special significance as the focal point for the annual Rekomy Bærægbon (Рекомы Бæрæгбон) festival, celebrated with grandeur every mid-June.

The sanctuary, charged with spiritual energy, remains off-limits to women. In observance of this tradition, women conduct their religious rituals at a smaller temple located in close proximity. This unique division of sacred spaces adds a layer of complexity to the temple’s cultural tapestry, highlighting the nuanced rituals and traditions that have evolved over centuries at Rekom Temple.

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    image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D0%A1%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%9E%D1%81%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%8F27.jpg

    literature: Foltz, Richard (2019). “Scythian Neo-Paganism in the Caucasus: The Ossetian Uatsdin as a ‘Nature Religion'”. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. 13 (3): 314–332. doi:10.1558/jsrnc.39114. S2CID 213692638.

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