What Do You Think of the Mysterious Pentagram Found on Google Maps?
Information and Theories 8/4/13
By: Sarah Wilson
Google Maps has a knack of capturing interesting topographical features from around the world, and most recently, the public is abuzz with an intriguing discovery of a mysterious pentagram that appears in an isolated corner of Kazakhstan, which is located in central Asia. Whenever a pentagram enters into a conversation, thoughts of Satanism and Devil worship dominate the dialogue. Many people are convinced that this piece of symbolism found on Google Maps is linked to something nefarious, but an archeologist would like to add a different point of view.
A five-pointed star surrounded by a circle is clearly seen on Google maps – right on the southern shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir. Interestingly, there are almost no other signs to indicate that humans call this place home, and the closest settlement to the symbol today is a city called Lisakovsk, situated around 12 miles to the east. Measuring about 1,200 feet in diameter, the pentagram is no small sign.
One of the biggest mysteries is how such a symbol found its way next to a desolate lake halfway around the world. To make matters worse is that those who have zoomed into the center of the pentagram have seen two locations that have been highlighted by previous users of Google Maps: Adam and Lucifer (one of the many names used to refer to the Devil). The pentagram is a symbol that dates back to ancient times, and has proven quite popular amongst an array of religious and cultural groups that have nothing to do with Satanism, such as the Mesopotamians. Others such as the Freemasons, Wiccans, and of course, Satanists, have also embraced the symbol. This is where the skepticism regarding the symbol originates.
The region that surrounds the city has a past deeply rooted in ancient archeological history and ruins. Across the windswept terrain, there is a wealth of interesting sites that have yet to be explored, including settlements dating back to the Bronze Age, burial grounds, and cemeteries. Because of this, an archeologist would like to shed a bit of light on why the Google Maps pentagram is appearing in this region. Emma Usmanova is an archeologist who has years of experience under her belt working in the Lisakovsk area. As people try to decipher the meaning behind the aerial photograph of the pentagram, Usmanova believes that it is actually the outline of a park made in the shape of a star.
She goes on to explain that the star was a popular symbol of the Soviet era, as the city of Kazakhstan used to belong to the former Soviet Union until a dissolution took place in 1991. The Soviet Union often utilized stars in their culture, as it heavily appeared on their buildings, monuments, and flag decorations. To add to Usmanova's theory, a few online comments have suggested that the pentagram is actually the formation of the pentagram represents an abandoned Soviet-era lakeside campground that may have occupied the space at one time.
Today, the site that coincides with the pentagram on Google Maps is overrun with weeds and now has trees lining the roadways. Usmanova believes that these natural features are contributing to the pentagram-shape appearing more prominent in aerial photos.
What do you think? Did someone intentionally plan this specific formation with a different agenda in mind? It's pretty hard to get past the pentagram shape and not think that it serves another purpose.