It is located in the Northern Ossetia-Alania Republic.
Eerie pictures of the village, which is full of graves. Dargavs is a village in the Prigorodny district of North Ossetia-Alania, which is primarily known for its necropolis of the many crypts.
In the complex of the necropolis there are over 90 tombs of different sizes that represent the right said to be of parallelepipedal tapering buildings with roofs in the shape of stepped pyramids, with small window openings. The richer and honorable family, the greater was the crypt, and families poorer crypts were small, with a gable roof..
The plague that raged in the mountain gorges at the turn of XVIII and XIX centuries has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, whole families died out. As a result, the population of Ossetia has been reduced from 200 thousand in the late eighteenth century to 16 thousand by the mid-nineteenth century. Ossetians as a nation was on the verge of extinction. In order not to infect their neighbors, the sick together with their families, children went to the crypts, where he died. Those who remained healthy, left the gorge.
Dargavs was one of the key points in our the North Ossetian section of the route, after all he can say is the hallmark sights of mountain gorges. It was evening and we were in a hurry to catch before sunset. In the end we were lucky with the light, the sun periodically peeking from behind the clouds and illuminated the light parts of the slopes themselves “houses”.
Its shape crypts for some reason I drifted towards the South-East Asia, whether the similarity with the Balinese temples, or more than that.
Inside is completely dark, the only light enters through a small window…Bones, the remains and wooden coffins in the form of a boat…a Belief that after death the deceased must cross the river to get to the other world.
Photography and text by Stanislav Kaznov
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