Siberian Elders Vote to Rebury 2,500-Year-Old Mummy With Angry Spirit to Prevent More Disasters

Princess Ukok mummy
Left: Princess Ukok's mummy (Kobsev via Wikimedia Commons) Background: The grave site where Princess Ukok was found. (Tatyana Penn via Wikimedia Commons)

The Siberian Ice Maiden, also known as the Princess of Ukok and the Altai Princess of Ochi-Bala, is a 2,500-year-old mummy of a woman found in 1993 in a kurgan (mound) of the Pazyryk culture in the Republic of Altai, Russia. It was considered to be among the most significant Russian archaeological findings of the late 20th century.

The indigenous people of Altai believe the Ice Maiden was a priestess who chose to die to protect the Earth from evil spirits and that the scientific testing on her remains have angered her spirit, causing natural disasters. As a result, a council of elders in Russia’s Altay Region have now voted to rebury her remains in order to appease her spirit, according to a report in RT News.

The Princess of Ukok was found undisturbed in a subterranean burial chamber on the Ukok Plateau near the border of China, in what is now the Autonomous Republic of Altai…

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Written by April Holloway,

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