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The legend about Daughter of Baikal

Long time ago mighty Baikal used to be cheerful and kind. He loved his one and only Daughter Angara. She was the most beautiful daughter in the world. She was lighter than morning sky and darker than the darkest cloud at night. Everyone admired Angara, even birds and animals.

Father Baikal nourished and protected his daughter with love. One day, when Father Baikal has fallen asleep, Angara run away to her young man — Yenisey. Father woke up with enormous tide of anger. Furious storm has risen, mountains have begun to sob, forest has fallen, sky has turned black in grief; animals in fear run away, fish swam to the deepest depths, birds flew to the Sun. Only wind howled and ocean raged. Mighty Baikal has struck the grey-haired mountain and broke off a big rock from it and threw it after running daughter. The rock hit the daughter; she stumbled and fell.
And blue-eyed Angara started to cry and beg her Father:
— I am parched with thirst, forgive me. I am asking for just one drop of water, please.

Father Baikal shouted with anger:
— You will get only my tears!

And thousands of years Angara flowing into Yenisei brining her clear as tear waters. And grey-haired lonely Father Baikal became gloomy and dreadful. The rock thrown by Baikal after the daughter people call «Shamanskiy stone». It is now the sacred place where people bring their endowments to Lake Baikal. People say: «when old Father Baikal becomes angry, he will break apart Shamanskiy stone and water will flood the Earth».