Europe's last Pagans
13 FEBRUARY 2012
In ancient times, people of most ethnic groups used to pray like the Mari El Pagans do to this day. These people are so loyal to their gods that their belief survived both the Christian expansion and the ban on all religions during Soviet times. Their ceremonies resemble scenes from Hogwarts, but their religious leader looks nothing like Alan Rickman. Meet Europe's last pagans on RTDoc.
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Ryan February 13, 2012, 10:10
Very interesting peice. The hairy women with large breasts must be what we call Sasquatches here in North America! I especially love the community worship in the forest, the story of how water fowl connect the water, earth, and sky so are therefore sacrificed, and the revival of the city of Yoshkar-Ola. Every minute was wonderful!