The enigmatic place is the tomb of Ignas Karpis


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A real fake tomb of a landlord. Probably the most enigmatic place is the tomb of Ignas Karpis in the Paštuva cemetery. The tombstone with a photo of a young man in the fashion of that time immediately catches the eye, because it is built on a 2 m high hump. An unadulterated record of time testifies that the owner of Paštuva manor, church and cemetery is buried here. I. Karpis entered history as the first landowner to abolish serfdom in Lithuania and Tsarist Russia. According to his will, about 7 thousand. the serfs were given freedom. In addition, I. Karpis wrote off their debts to the released peasants and allocated 30 Dutch thalers for the start of independent farming. This is no myth or legend - Adomas Mickevičius sang the abolition of I.Karpis' freedom in the poem "Mr. Tadas". However, this noble but restless soul figure, philanthropist, patron, was in poor health and died after an unsuccessful operation at the age of just 29, not even a year after the census.

Interesting versions: that I.Karpis was buried in Paštuva cemetery as an ordinary serf - without any monument or cross. And in the publication "Decades of Pakaunė" it is written that "Ignacijus Karpis (1780–1809) could not manage the Paštuva manor, because he did not belong to him. After the death of his father Benediktas, I. Joniškėlis is the center of this Carp family. Ignas Karpis spent most of his life there, so he probably died there, and is buried there. " Doubts about the authenticity of I. Karpis' tomb are reinforced by the fact that, as indicated in the tombstone, he could not be the owner of the Paštuva church, because during his lifetime the church was not even here. Batniava elder Šarūnas Pikelis, who has a lot of interest in this story, follows the version of historians. "During the Romantic period, it was customary to bury dead dead people in parts in different places," the elder tends to believe that the grave of I. Karpis is real. The monument appeared during the interwar period, on the initiative of Stasys Velička, the guardian of the cemetery at that time. It is said that S.Velička's wife dreamed of the former owner of the manor, who asked to build a cross for him.

The story is still alive in the area to this day that, when I. Carpius died, his soul - either because of the sins he had committed or because of too much grief - could not calm down in any way. She got up and walked around the area scaring people. The hated postmen complained to the priest. He advised to unearth the grave and behead the deceased, and then bury it again. But it didn’t help. The ghost continued to wander around, only now carrying his head in his hands. People had to unearth the grave again and lay their heads at their feet so that the deceased would not reach her again. And to make it more certain, it poured a heap and erected a monument with a cross on it. Since then, the soul has calmed down and ceased to play.


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