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    Residents of the village of Krivoi Navolok, Komi Republic, preserve a surprising centuries-old ritual that includes the washing of old icons in the Ker-yu River. Every year, they depart in procession from the village chapel and dip the boards into water. Though they bear no trace of the original painting, it is believed that the ritual serves to infuse vitality in the neighboring villages.

    Residents of the village of Krivoi Navolok, Komi Republic, preserve a surprising centuries-old ritual that includes the washing of old icons in the Ker-yu River. Every year, they depart in procession from the village chapel and dip the boards into water. Though they bear no trace of the original painting, it is believed that the ritual serves to infuse vitality in the neighboring villages.

    Residents of the village of Krivoi Navolok, Komi Republic, preserve a surprising centuries-old ritual that includes the washing of old icons in the Ker-yu River. Every year, they depart in procession from the village chapel and dip the boards into water. Though they bear no trace of the original painting, it is believed that the ritual serves to infuse vitality in the neighboring villages.

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