Translated from the ancient Turk languages, Belintash means “stone of knowledge”. Here the compass does not work properly, because of the strong magnetic anomaly in the region and during the winter time the snow that falls melts as soon as it touches the volcanic rocks, which seems to have kept a part of its lava heat.
During the 70s of the last century the meaning of the rock phenomenon Belintash was rediscovered as a sacred and cult center. A local shepherd discovered a silver plate, on which a man seated on a throne is depicted, with snakes climbing upwards in the background. It is believed that this represents the progress of humans and the eternal turnover of nature.
According to scientists the plate represents the Thracian god Sabazios and connect the megalithic monument with the cult towards this god.
The Thracian god Sabazios stands for the dying and then returning to life nature. He is a son of Zeus and Persephone, with whom Zeus got close after taking the shape of a dragon. As a result from the contacts between the Thracian tribes and the ancient Greeks, during the V century the cult passed on towards Greece and later on towards Rome where it merged with the cult towards Dionisius and Backhus.
When he was a little baby Sabazios was breast-fed by a nymph called Nisa. Following Tyrrants’ orders Sabazij was torn in three parts, but Athena /Minerva/ managed to save his heart and gave it to Zeus.
Sabazios is a cosmic God, initiatilly identified with the hard element of the universe – the stone. Thus, as a stone god, he rules over both the living and the non living matter. This is why he can be torn apart and then put back together again.
The celebrations and rituals, connected with the cult towards Sabazios included night baths and body and soul purifications. Years later the myth and the cult towards Sabazios returned to the lands of the Thracians but this time speaking of Dionisios, as a part of the Greek mythology.