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Vladimir Putin is bathing in blood extracted from the severed antlers of Maral deer in an attempt to boost his health, according to extraordinary reports in the Russian media.
Ahead of a visit to the Altai Mountains last year, some 70 kilograms of stag antlers were prepared for the Russian leader 'to take antler baths', reported a local media outlet.
The ancient tradition is seen as a testosterone-driven elixir to improve male health and potency, and he is said to be taking the blood baths several times a year.
One Altai farm - which exports antlers for use in Chinese medicinal cures - stated: 'Extract from red deer antlers acts as a strong tonic, especially for men's potency.
'It strengthens the body's bones, muscles, teeth, eye sight and hearing, cures pleurisy, pneumonia, asthma, joint pain, osteoporosis, and problems with the spine'.
The antlers were called horns of gold in 15th century Russian literature - and are believed to improve sexual performance.
Blood is extracted and boiled into a broth which is used for red-coloured baths. Some Russians prefer to drink the blood, for example TV presenter Lena Lenina.
Disturbing accounts tell how the animals are 'herded into a special cutting chamber where a press closes in on the stag from each side, while the floor lowers, so the deer is left in suspended animation, its head thrust onto a ledge as if condemned to the guillotine, its hooves flailing but unable to touch the ground'.
Observers say the creatures are 'bewildered' and 'shellshocked', their eyes 'bulging with fright' .
'Two or three stand on the stag's back from above, one holds the prized antlers, his trainer on the animals muzzle, immobilising the head. One cuts the antlers, his foot on the back of the neck, preventing the beast moving a centimetre until it is divested of its valuable trophy'.
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originally posted by: skunkape23
I ate the raw, still beating heart of the first deer I killed.
I was told it was tradition.
originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
Vladimir Putin is bathing in blood..you might've thought this was going to be about some sacrificial-satanic-esoteric ritual...