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Sacred mountain of Ingushetia (central Caucasus mountains)

Myatceli temple

Myatceli temple

At North Ossetia – Ingushetia border lies Table Mountain –  considered a holy sacred mountain by the Ingush people since ancient times. The Vainakh people (Ingush and Chechens) practiced pagan beliefs before their conversion to Islam in the 19th century.

Table mountain was place of special ceremonies, and Myatceli temple, located on Myat Loam peak at 3000 meters altitude, served this special purpose.

More details on Ingush pagan beliefs and practices in the following documentary (minute 6:35)

The border between Ingushetia and North Ossetia was created in 1944 by the Soviets (after Chechen/ Ingush deportation), who ceased a part of Ingush territory to North Ossetia – and so the Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz was created.

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