The legend of Yuriev Hill

The legend of "Yuryeva Gorka" in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk. From time immemorial, the mountain was dedicated to the pagan god Yarilo. Once a huge serpent (the symbol of the mountain), the ruler of the underworld, stole water from the people and froze it, but the spring deity Yarilo, striking the serpent with a lightning spear, freed the water. And in the place where Yarilo's spear struck the monster, a spring gushed out of the ground. Thus, the myth reflects the struggle between winter and spring. This spring still flows, and now serves as a place of worship.
With the advent of Christianity, in order to turn believers away from pagan cults, a church of St. George the Victorious was built here, who is often called Yuri and Yegory. Soon, thanks to the similar feat of St. George the Victorious, the image of the ancient deity intertwined and over time was replaced by the image of a Christian saint. And a legend about Yuryeva Gorka appeared among the people.
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