Grigori Efimovich Rasputin has been called a Russian mystic among other things, he was also called a “Holy Devil” by Iliodor (Sergei Trufanov) the monk-priest of Tsarytsin. Much which is known about the early life of Rasptin may be more legend than fact, because to the Russian peasants he was a hero, their man. One thing is certain, though, he was a product of his Siberian culture.
There are only indications of Rasputin’s paranormal powers during childhood. One is that he loved animals, especially horses. He loved playing in his father’s stable. He would climb upon the horses’ backs, touch them with his hand and cheek. With an invented child’s language he would talk to them. Of these incidences he eventually would tell the young Tsesarvich Alesha to comfort him. Read more