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Throughout Russian history there were many individuals who captured the interests and curiosity of scholars both domestic and foreign but one stands out as the most ambiguous Grigori Yefimovitch Rasputin the so- called Mad Monk or Siberian Mystic Healer has gained notoriety throughout the world for his astounding medical feats involving the stopping of the sometimes never ending bleeding of hemophiliacs In the time of Rasputin 1864-1916 there were no effective medical means to stop the bleeding that plagued hemophiliacs yet the mystical powers of one man had the power to do so Since there were no written records compiled at the time to account for his legacy the stories of Rasputin have been passed along throughout time by believers and skeptics alike It is said that as early as 1900 Rasputin had gained fame in Eastern Russia as a faith healer or wandering holy mendicant He was said to have had the powers of precognition foreseeing the future clairvoyance seeing events happening elsewhere and healing the sick without medication or therapy Many have attributed Rasputins powers to the arts of the Orientals which he had picked up along his travels Many groups in Russia wished Rasputin dead because they could not logically interpret his actions and could not rationalize his power He was seen at this time as a sort of Devils Advocate because no one believed that a Holy Man could posses such powers His methodology was not that of the time period he lived in and just as it is today people fear what they cannot understand in rational means Though Rasputin was a savior for many he was looked upon by the majority of Russian peoples as a fraudulent evil doer No matter what the general consensus was Rasputin extended the lives of many where they would have surely died without his helpCandler 1 From an early age Rasputins mystical powers were present When he was only a child he
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