Grigori Rasputin

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Grigori Efimovich Rasputin
He was known as a mystic healer, a prophet and visionary, as well as for his hypnotic light eyes; but what he was most famous for was the tremendous power he had over the Russian imperial family. He became a very important part of the Tsar’s life, Nicholas II and particularly his wife the Tsarina, Alexandra.
Grigori Efimovich Rasputin was born in Pokrovskoe, a village in Siberia, on January 10, 1869 although the exact date of birth is still in question as there are little supporting documents. At the time he was nothing more than a peasant who had only acquired minimal elementary school education. He first exhibited his supernatural and psychic abilities at a young age when he was able to heal a horse in his village that had fallen ill simply through touch. In another instance he was able to identify the thief in the village when a horse was stolen. When Rasputin transitioned into his early adulthood he fled to a monastery after accusations of being a thief. It was at this monastery where the doors were opened to a new ritualized form of religion. He met a holy man named Makari who was famous for being a wonderer and had also advised the Tsar, Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. This is when Rasputin understood his mission in life- he had to devote himself completely to God and through his wonderings he gained his reputation as a holy man who had divine, supernatural powers. At the time it was believed by Russian people that holy men had access to god and they could give advice to the Tsars.
In 1903 the Tsarevich and only heir, Alexei, had fallen ill with hemophilia. At the time this was a deadly and incurable illness without any helpful treatments. The Tsarina Alexandra was very superstitious and a large believer in anyone who had mystical powers and access to god. She believed that only peasant people could exhibit these sorts of…...

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