There is a great deal of legends dedicated to this magnificent blue stone Lapis Lazuli. An ancient Eastern legend tells about the origin of lapis lazuli. When God created the earth, water and sky, he looked at the fruits of his labor, and was unhappy: the earth looked too dark and gloomy. But the blue water and the blue sky delighted the eye. Then he took a little of this marvelous blue and sprayed it on the ground. The sky-water azure has hardened and has become a stone of lapis lazuli.
But the most interesting and captivating one is about Pamirs. For a long time, legends of lapis lazuli, kept at the height of the “Roof of the World” – the Pamirs, have been walking along the land. They were carried by rare travelers, who visited the Firgamu field in Afghanistan with a danger to life. This was secretly reported to each other by the old Tajiks who went hunting for arhars to reach mountain peaks. Finally, this confirmed the geological structure of the Pamirs. Predictions and hopes were justified. In 1930, a deposit in the Pamirs was discovered. The lapis lazuli was of high quality and had beautiful deep blue. It was not inferior by quality, but superior to Chilean and Afghan.
So in the azure blue “Roof of the World”, as if it merges with glittering glaciers and the blue southern sky, a bright gem appeared. Life has replaced legends.
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Thousands of years ago, high up in the mountains of the Pamirs, amidst majestic glaciers, lay the gorge. Surrounded by a mountain, so high and steep that no traveler, shepherd, or any animal could penetrate to it. And yet the mountain goats trod the path there. The path went narrowly, looped at high altitude above the abyss, in places the legs of the animal slid, and it fell into the abyss.
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Time passed. The mountaineers reached the house of lapis lazuli. They settled there, because sheep and goats were drawn to the waters from melting glaciers in the gorge. From time to time the water of the Shahdar River washed away pieces of lapis lazuli. Highlanders picked up pieces of the sky and looked at the mountains.
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Time has passed again. Those who found lapis lazuli, got a good luck, health, strong family ties, harvest and immortality. The stone was considered sacred. Beliefs about its impact reached the valley. The first getters came. They extracted the stone in an ancient fire way: they built a fire, then abruptly cooled it with water, an explosion occurred, and the block fell to pieces. On asses, lapis was taken under cover of the night with great precautions to preserve the secret of the location. Only the secret of the silkworm was kept with the same care.
But the mystery was revealed. The Pamir’s lapis lazuli fell into the world, and people realized immediately that it was better, cleaner and more beautiful than the Afghan one. Greedy eyes caught fire and wanted to enslave the Pamir mines.
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The path to the mountains to lapis lazuli still existed, but almost collapsed, so the mountaineers rarely used it, but there were no strangers. Evil people in black came from India, yogis were believed to endure all the difficulties of the path. They came with great hopes and nothing stopped them. Then stubborn people climbed on the rocks, trying to climb over it. But failed. Then they, according to their ideas about the gods (idols), decided to sacrifice, so that the rock parted.
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They took peacefully the briar firewood from locals and took away two innocent children – a boy and a girl, and burned them on a sacrificial fire near that rock. Sacrifice did not help, and then people in black, completely crazed by the greed for profit, began to take livestock from the inhabitants, cut it and put raw bleeding meat to the rock. Since the height of the mountains was impressive, and it was very cold almost all year round, the meat carcasses quickly crept to the stone, forming improvised steps. Along these steps the strangers climbed higher and higher up the cliff. However, the cattle was over, but the goal is not reached. People in black clothes began to kill people and continue to “build” the steps.
Pamirians became known as irreconcilable proud hermits. They rebelled and killed a few starngers.
Since then, the path has been completely destroyed, the course was forgotten in the mines, the deposit was considered to be a dying, cursed and became a sacred place.
I hope you were inspired by this legend and I’m sure that you would like to get lapis lazuli jewelry pieces that have a smell of ancient times. Do not hesitate and visit nammu where you will find a lot of jewelry pieces from lapis lazuli.