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grandduchess_42

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Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« on: April 16, 2007, 05:42:25 PM »
Please tell me if there is already another thread about this.

I either read, or heard somthing like this

"Kissing the shadow of the Holy Russian Tsar, is proven to be holy and lucky"

is this a myth? did people acutally get on the ground and kiss Tsar Nicholas II's shadow?
please expand on this thought.

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2007, 09:01:49 PM »
Can't remember seeing a thread about this one before.

I remember reading about this somewhere too, and from what I could surmise, it was a myth.  Seeing as how many of the Russian populace considered the Tsar a sort of demi-god, kissing his shadow was like kissing the aura of a god.  So whenever the Tsar would tour a local village or town, many people would not only bow, but also kiss his shadow in hopes of blessings and tidings. 

grandduchess_42

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2007, 09:21:18 PM »
OH!
thank you ace!!
that explains it. thank you once again!

i'm just wondering if there is any documentation in any of the diaries of people reporting this.


TheAce1918

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2007, 10:10:40 PM »
Don't mention it ;)

The only documentation that I've seen thus far (let alone remember) were in Romanov photo albums where such a topic had its own photo.  There might be a tiny hint in Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra, or any book by Marc Ferro.

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2007, 06:38:39 PM »
Don't mention it ;)

The only documentation that I've seen thus far (let alone remember) were in Romanov photo albums where such a topic had its own photo.  There might be a tiny hint in Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra, or any book by Marc Ferro.

oh! really!?
i wish i had that album!
thank you again! :)

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2009, 02:08:16 PM »
What strange custom!! I've never heard anything about it... the thing that I don't understand is
How to kiss the shadow of the tsar??

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2009, 03:58:52 PM »
How to kiss the shadow of the tsar??

Just like any shadow. Kneel down over the shadow, bend down and kiss it. In reality the person would be kissing the ground.

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Re: Kissing the Shadow of the Tsar
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 06:57:03 PM »

Just like any shadow. Kneel down over the shadow, bend down and kiss it. In reality the person would be kissing the ground.

Thank you very much GD Jennifer ;-) I didn't understand the idea at first