Agafia Lykova, also known as the Siberian hermit woman, is an incredible individual who has lived alone in the Russian wilderness for over 70 years. The Lykov family - Karp Lykov and his wife, Akulina - moved to the isolated Siberian region of Russia in the 1930s with their two sons. They built a cabin and had two more children, including Agafia.
Temperatures in Siberia are unimaginably cold; the average temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit, but during the winter temperatures plummet. For perspective, Oymyakom is located in Siberia, and it is considered to be the coldest town on Earth. One day in 1933, the temperature dropped to a whopping -89.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
A large food supply is essential for survival, as lots of calories are required to build fat and protect against the cold weather. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to grow crops because the land is green for only three months out of the year.
Despite lack of food and basic amenities, Agafia has managed to make a life for herself, living alone in the wilderness for the past 30 years.
Her Uncle Was Murdered By Bolsheviks
In 1936, Karp Lykov's brother was killed by a Bolshevik patrol outside their small town in Western Russia. This upset Karp and his wife, Akulina, who were pacifists. Determined to get away from Communism and escape religious persecution they felt under the regime, they left their village near the city of Kursk with their two sons and traveled into the wilderness to make a new life for themselves.
After A Storm, The Family Had To Eat Tree Bark And Shoes To Survive And Akulina Starved Herself To Death So The Kids Could Eat Her Portions
Prior to Agafia's birth in 1944, the Lykovs found a spot in the Siberian wilderness to settle down with their sons. To say life was extremely difficult would be an immense understatement. Their diet consisted of potatoes and wild mushrooms. They made their own clothing from a spinning wheel they brought with them during the journey, which took hundreds of miles. In 1961, a snowstorm devastated their crop. With little choice, they ate tree bark and their shoes to stay alive. Proving a mother's love has no bounds, Akulina stopped eating, giving her portions to her children. She died of starvation.
For The First 35 Years Of Her Life, The Only People She Knew Were Her Family
Up until the age of 35, the only people Agafia knew were her family. In 1978, a group of geologists inadvertently encountered them. The scientists discovered that Agafia spoke an unusual language that was due to her family's separation from the rest of the world. Over time, Agafia got to know local authorities; however, she preferred to stay in the wilderness and not move to a nearby town.
Her Family Didn't Know About World War II Or That A Man Had Landed On The Moon
The Lykovas lived in such isolation that they had no idea that incredible events had taken place around the world. They didn't know that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, or that World War II had occurred. The family didn't use a television or electricity. Agafia had never seen or heard a car or plane. Agafia did explore the country in the 80s, after being invited to do so by the Soviet government. She traveled around Russia for a month, and for the first time encountered things such as money, cities, and horses. She also learned about Chernobyl and had to explain the disaster to her father when she returned from her trip.