"It\'s good to know that if I act strangely enough, society will take full responsibility for me." Ashleigh Brilliant may have subconsciously considered the effect that society has on us all and how wound up we can all get into our lives, our beliefs, and maybe even our visions. Our visions are the most important thing to all of us and one day may get us into the most excellent position or the most hideous position. We always chose to believe what we want to believe no matter what the public tells us. Perhaps they wrapped Grigorii Yefemovich Rasputin up in life and society when he claimed to have a vision of Virgin Mary. At that point he was placed in a most excellent position, but remember we see and chose to believe only what we wish. From that one of the most mysterious and unusual life and death stories ever lived were of GrigoriiYefemovich Rasputin. The greatest events in this man\'s life can be found in his early life, the Russian influence he achieved, and the unnatural death that has boggled the minds of many learned scholars.

The early life of any child can be and is most of the time the most influential time of a child\'s life. The life of the parent\'s is, in that way, important to many. Someone can find passages into the life of the mysterious child. The parents of Grigorii Rasputin are of no exception. They have been apart of their children\'s lives. The mother of three, Anne Egorovna, took on the task of keeping together the home. The local custom was for the man to tend to the wheat crop and nothing more, and they did, in fact, follow local custom. The house, however, was not that of a wealthy peasant, having only one story. The father of Rasputin, Efimii or Evimii Andreevich, came to Siberia from Saratov, where he had trouble with the law. He was a carter working for the state, and he had passed out dead drunk by his horse on the way back from a fair, only to find that when he awoke someone had stolen the horse. They imprisoned him for losing state property (the horse). He served his term and moved east to Pokrovskoe. He established there and stopped drinking, won neighbors respect and married Anne. The two newlyweds bore three children, two boys and one girl, one of which was Rasputin. Grigorii was born on July 10, 1869 in the village of Pokrovskoe. This village can be found in Western Siberia, not far beyond the Ural Mountains, and some sixteen hundred miles from St. Petersburg. The village lies on a river, the Toura, which forms part of the Ob basin. A description of the village says that it was a "wretched boggy place, remote and wild inhabited by dour Siberian rouges, a race capable of anything." A child growing up in these conditions can turn out in a variety of ways. Rasputin had seen how people treated each other and wanted to know the truth of how this had begun and by what devious path the world had become what it is. He always looked to his Guardian Angel. Astra, was what he called her, deep within himself. It comes as no surprise to find that Rasputin threw wild parties as a child unlike any other peasant behavior, especially for that age. A known source states, "That his comtempories remember him, at age fifteen a drinker of vodka." He was sexually active and went through women like shoes.

Kartashev describes the young Rasputin as "guileful, insolent, but possessed of a wild excess seeking and expansive temperament." His mother died and his father went back to drinking and declined in society. However, he was believed to have died a few years later, but he went on living into the next century and died less than a year before his son.

With Rasputin\'s mother dead and his father on a rapid decline, he had no where to go. At age sixteen Rasputin became interested in religion and was introduced to the Khlysty sect, a religious group who believed that one must feel a spirit of contribution to be nearest God. They also believed in spiritual purification through massive orgies,