Island of tears

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A memorial to commemorate Belarusian soldiers

A memorial to commemorate Belarusian soldiers who died in the USSR’s disastrous war in Afghanistan

The centrepiece of the memorial is the chapel, with haunting figures of grieving mothers, sisters and widows at its base. A nearby fountain features the boy-like figure of an angel, rigged up to cry teardrops.

You may notice that a certain part of his anatomy is shinier than the rest.

This is explained by the Belarusian tradition of newlyweds visiting war memorials on their wedding day, and a modern folk belief that if the bride gropes this poor young lad’s privates, she’ll be guaranteed children.
W.Hadi & T.Balalifard



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