The Kazakhstan pentagram – Why? Don’t know. (UPDATE: Solved [see comments])

A long-noticed ground feature is capturing fresh attention on the web. It seems to be worrying some folks.

Giant Pentagram Seen in Kazakhstan | Google Maps | LiveScience.

On the wind-blown steppes of central Asia, in an isolated corner of Kazakhstan, there’s a large pentagram etched into the Earth’s surface.

The five-pointed star surrounded by a circle shows up vividly on Google Maps. There are almost no other signs of human habitation in the area; the closest settlement is the city of Lisakovsk, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the east.

What is this bizarre symbol, measuring roughly 1,200 feet (366 meters) in diameter, doing on the side of a desolate lake in northern Kazakhstan? Naturally, many online comments have already linked the site with devil worship, nefarious religious sects or denizens of the underworld.

This is not really “news” but it just appeared on LiveScience today sparking new interest. This object is noted on this site from 2009. When I googled to find out more, I get post after post calling it the “Huge Devil Pentagram”. Looks like a copy error since it does not necessarily have anything to do with the devil but can be a neopagan symbol. Religious folks awaiting the second coming of Christ are really freaked over it. It’s been there a while, I think the devil would have found it by now.

Type the coordinates 52°28’46.86″N 62°11’7.68″E into maps.google.com to see it.
Here is the closeup
pentagram
and here is the surrounding area. “A” marks the spot.
Kazahkstan

I can’t seem to find out much more. Anyone?

UPDATE (4-Aug-13) Livescience has updated their information:

Emma Usmanova, an archaeologist with years of experience working in the Lisakovsk area, has an 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. (Several online comments had suggested the star shape was the abandoned site of a Soviet-era lakeside campground.)

  16 comments for “The Kazakhstan pentagram – Why? Don’t know. (UPDATE: Solved [see comments])

  1. Gary Crowell
    August 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Doesn’t appear unlike soviet era missile anti-aircraft sites. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/cuba_mis_cri/4.jpg

  2. Scott auden
    August 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Made me think of a Soviet-era instalation, too. Five points with a circular access road surronding them, the points connected to each other by road or other support structure.

  3. Brett Stauffer
    August 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    “I think the devil would have found it by now.” That’s classic.

    I wonder why trees only seem to grow along the etched areas?

  4. RDW
    August 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Depending on it’s age, I recall seeing someplace that people of Celtic origin parked on the silk road in ancient times in order to extract payment from passers by. A grave was found in China with Celtic-looking artifacts. I believe that there was DNA evidence, maybe, as well. Maybe this has something to do with that. It would certainly be an interesting place to examine scientifically.

  5. August 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Something related to soviet occupation? 5 point stars in pentagrams use to touch the surrounding circle, and this doesn’t seem to be the case.

  6. August 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Just to back up the first two commenters, it’s definitely a battery of Soviet era SA-2 missile launchers. They are always laid out this way with roads for the reloading vehicles between the launchers.

  7. August 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM
  8. Paul
    August 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    If you search Russian language sites, you can find a number of places where people have checked this out and determined that it’s a Soviet-era park, now run-down, with trees planted in a star pattern. (eg. http://www.rumbur.ru/places/1489-lisakovskaya-pentagramma-kazahstanskie-satanisti-ni-pri-chem). The locals describe it as a park built in the 1970’s. Given that the star is a Soviet symbol, there doesn’t seem to be any need to invoke devil worship. I’m sure there’s many reasons why people might have built a park by a lake 12 miles outside town; it has, for example, been described as an unfinished summer camp (search Денисовский район in the Russian wikipedia).

  9. Douglas Boyle
    August 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Not for nothing in suburban Denver there is a park shaped like a giant Star of David as a memorial to the Babi Yar Massaacre
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K_NoiFpJDRk/TtfwbSUPvzI/AAAAAAAAAbY/oHFZIiQiOyc/s320/parkmap.jpg

  10. Luigi
    August 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    maybe, asking Pavel Balandin, the photograph who posted in Panoramio some snapshots of the area (one titled “Star”, in Russian, taken on the rim of the circle) could get you some further points. It looks like a sort of ballistic target for some kind of testing procedure. But I do not exclude other, more fanciful possibilities! The area did not pop up from nowhere, as some comments suggest, but looks like a terrain feature existing since a lot of time. I advance a hypothesis: is it an early aborted experiment in landscape architecture?:-)

    Greetings

    Luigi

  11. Chris Howard
    August 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It’s obviously ancient, satanic, pagan, interdimensional space aliens, from Planet X, duh?

    Illuminati Reptilians.

    :-)

  12. August 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    “There are almost no other signs of human habitation in the area” — except for the very obvious buildings, airstrip, agriculture and industry at Prokhorovka, 800 m to the east.

  13. Sam
    August 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Why does it look like the map has been messed with. The dotted line is obviously added to make it stand out, and if you scroll to the left/west shoreline you can see that there was some dots that weren’t completely photoshopped out. Also, if you google map it and don’t just look at the photo, you see can see several faint city names, as if a map had been placed over another map with tracing paper. The pentacle also doesn’t form correctly. The circle is much bigger. They had to extend the lines to reach the circle. Just saying, unless I’m in an airplane above it and see it, it’s so easy to deceive people with pictures these days.

  14. shb2789
    August 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    It could be a temporary military air base was built by The Union of Soviet
    OR
    It could be a park
    http://englishrussia.com/2009/11/05/way-out-places/

  15. August 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Even in my intense born-again-Wiccan period (yes, I was one once), I would’ve found a pentacle like that a daunting task to smudge and dance around…

  16. August 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Scott auden: If it was a Soviet site, there should be at least one road leading to/from it.

    Paul: Your link nails it – even the aerial photo there is the same as the one circulating. Google Translate does a very good job with the site: “Lisakovskaya pentagram”

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