Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin Analysis

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin: The Mystic, The Healer, The Monk Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin came into the world in the usual fashion. He was born on the twenty-third of January, 1871 in Pokrovskoye, Russia to muzhiks (peasants) Efim and Anna Rasputin. He was baptized that day, after the manner of the Catholic Orthodox. He was the fifth child of nine; however, his sister was to be only one surviving sibling. As Grigori grew older, he showed great promise. By six months of age, he could walk upright and, by the time he was two, could speak. He had occasional bouts of illness. During the time he was sick, he spoke of a beautiful woman that came to sit by and talk to him. She told him of the things he would do when he got older and the time was right. Once there was a horse thief in the village. His…show more content…
However, it was not renown for being a healer, but as a demon and a pretender. His story spread across Russia. One day, a woman came to him asking if he could heal her. He agreed to try, but when he came within arms reach, she pulled out a dagger and slashed his abdomen open. He fled, mortally wounded. The woman said that the demon was no more. Much to her surprise, he showed up in the next town over within a month with nothing but a scar to show for her attempt on his life. With his fame spreading, it was inevitable that news of Grigori came to the ears of the Tsarina. Her son, the Tsarevich, was terminally ill with hemophilia. The young prince and his mother lived in fear of him being cut. It would only take a scratch and the prince would bleed to death. Grigori was visiting with Bishop Theophan and was, by association, invited to a dinner party which the Tsar and Tsarina were to attend as well. After his introduction, the Tsarina asked if Grigori could cure her son. He responded that, if it were God’s will, he could do the task. Grigori lingered near the palace from that point
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