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Talk about modern archaeology...interesting story from the 1970's...
All that Agafia and Dmitry knew of the outside world they learned entirely from their parents' stories. The family's principal entertainment, the Russian journalist Vasily Peskov noted, "was for everyone to recount their dreams."
The Lykov children knew there were places called cities where humans lived crammed together in tall buildings. They had heard there were countries other than Russia. But such concepts were no more than abstractions to them. Their only reading matter was prayer books and an ancient family Bible.
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Imagine the stench.
Worth noting that this family was found in 1978. Still, it's an incredible story.
Ahhh living the good life....
I can't believe the last girl lives alone in the mountains. That is madness.
Remarkable thanks for posting
Thank god we have modern cities so we're always surrounded by nice smells.
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
Impossible to imagine surviving for so long like that.
Also hard to grasp 5 million square miles of wilderness.
Dimitry had to have shit his pants when he saw the sawmill and woodworking tools.
Irrelevant to my comment.
That's unreal. Now, I'm racing through Smithsonian blogs. Thanks, Trevor.
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Sad to hear how three of the adult kids died not horribly long after being discovered. You have to think the kidney failures had to be related to something new being introduced into their system.
That is a crazy story.
Do you think they had some incest going on? I would assume that they did.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
Just wondering the same thing. Those kids were grown. I kept expecting it to be mentioned but it never was.
Thank you, Denicos.
Crazy to read about the daughter's reaction to seeing a non-family member human. And to them not knowing about cities and such.
Their deaths are sad though. Probably a combination of new infections, substances they ingested, and the overall mental shock it placed upon their systems. This is as close as we'll get to the "finding a caveman in the ice" scenario, where people try introducing a new world to someone who only knows primitiveness.
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Son spent days alone hunting, sleeping out in the open in 40 degree frost, barefoot, then came home with an elk on his shoulders? Thats Kim Jong-il amazing.
When the closest city of any note to you is Novosibirsk, you're out there.
Serious question...did the dad/brother bang the daughters??
Wow what a story, great read!! Thanks for sharing this.
Imagine the stories his dad told him. "Son, when I was your age, I carried an elk on each shoulder, naked in sub-zero temps...uphill both ways!"
Demanding excellence! Was the dad's name was Tannerslav?
"Leave the gun.....take the cannoli"
"It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel."
The daughters spoke a language distorted by a lifetime of isolation. "When the sisters talked to each other, it sounded like a slow, blurred cooing."
This is so creepy, I can't imagine what it would be like to stumble upon a family like this.....or growing up in the mountains your whole life......
Location: Mumbai, India
"Lacking guns and even bows, they could hunt only by digging traps or pursuing prey across the mountains until the animals collapsed from exhaustion."
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