February 20, 2021
The Mysterious Advisor Was Highly Secretive, and Even More Misunderstood
In Imperial Russia in the early 1900s, there was no other person so mysterious and controversial as Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin managed to develop quite a reputation, and he was surrounded by myth, such as the belief that he rose from the dead or that he was impossible to kill. The Mad Monk, as he was called, was a mere mortal who was a spiritual leader, mystic healer, deviant, and political agitator who rose from a peasant to a position of unique power within the royal court of Russia. How did he do it? Rasputin was charismatic and intuitive and, as this colorized photograph of him shows, had piercing eyes that seemed to look deep into one’s soul. No, he did not have that particular mystical power, but he did seem to understand people and to know how to get what he wanted.
Although he was an ordinary man, with some ordinary vices, he was able to use his aura and skills to dupe people, even the Russian royals, who would afford him extraordinary power.
The Strange Life Of Rasputin
Born in 1869 in a small, peasant village in Siberia, Grigori Rasputin did not fit into peasant life. He was a hard drinking, womanizing, petty thief that bucked traditions and rules. Even marriage and fatherhood couldn’t settle him down. He left his family behind and went in search of spiritual wisdom. He studied with monks from an offshoot of the Russian Orthodox religion. This sect believed that sinful activities were the surest way to reach God. This concept suited Rasputin well. He used it as his excuse to become even more of a sexual deviant. He slept with hundreds of women, despite the fact that he rarely bathed and smelled like a goat.