Sami Seida, Seyda or Seid (Finnish language Seita) are sacred to the north-European people places, in particular, the Saami or Sami (Lapps). It might be a very special place in the mountains, tundra, taiga, sometimes a conspicuous stone, stump, lake, other natural formation. The concept of Seyda also includes artifacts – structures made of stones.
This particular seida is located on the Mount of Vottovaara: the large boulder rests on three small stones, which, in turn, lie at another large boulder (you can determine the scale of construction on the figure at the bottom left of person).
Seidas are usually situated on the gentle rocky slopes. Some of them are natural rocks and stones of fancy forms, other are laid up from natural stones, sometimes of enormous size.
Saamis believed that in these stones live spirits that might help if one sacrifice them animals (usually reindeers) and things. The sacrifice usually was done near the seida, as the place where the stones laid was sacred. To those seidas that were situated at inaccessible places, the sacrifice was given by throwing to the seida the stones wetted in the sacrifice reindeer blood. Women were forbidden to come near the seidas.
Sacred stone structures are found on the territory of Russia in Karelia and the Kola Peninsula, as well as in Scandinavia.
Location: Mount Vottovaara (Воттоваара, Russian lang.), Karelia, Russia.