What the hell is this massive pentagram doing in Kazakhstan?

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Yikes, it looks like Satan worshippers in Kazakhstan are up to no good. But as ominous as this 1,200 foot pentagram appears, there's a much simpler explanation.


The pentagram, which can be seen via Google Maps, is located near a desolate lake in northern Kazakhstan. According to some, the site has been linked to devil worship. There's also a site nearby marked with the name, 'Lucifer.'


Unswayed by such Satanic-themed nonsense, LiveScience spoke to archaeologist Emma Usmanova to get the real answer:

"It is the outline of a park made in the form of a star," Usmanova told LiveScience. The star was a popular symbol during the Soviet era (Kazakhstan was a part of the former Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991). Stars were often used throughout the Soviet Union to decorate building facades, flags and monuments. (Indeed, several online comments had suggested the site is an abandoned Soviet-era campground.)

The star in the lakeside park is marked by roadways that are now lined with trees, Usmanova explained, which make the star shape even more distinct in aerial photos. Additional images of the site, now abandoned and overgrown with weeds, can be seen at englishrussia.com.

[Image: Google Maps]

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This swastika-shaped forest wasn't discovered until the early 90s and to this day nobody knows who took the massive undertaking of planting the trees like that.