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Europe's last Pagans
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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.
German people with Russian past or Russian people with German blood? There used to be times when they had to hide their descent, but now they are free to say that they are Germans. RTDoc finds out why they don't want to go back to Germany, what their life here is like, and how they manage to preserve their culture.
They worship Mother Fire and tie token ribbons on birch branches at the "place of the rising sun". The small indigenous community inherited their exotic traditions and colorful customs from numerous peoples that once inhabited China and Mongolia. There are only 2,500 of them left. Meet the Telengits on RTDoc.
Harp seals are born right on the ice-fields of the White Sea. For many years the little pups had been hunted extensively for their snow-white furs. But the hunters have been eventually replaced by eco-tourists. We travel to the White Sea to meet the big eyed, fluffy little wonder of the North.
Take a trip to Central Russia to visit prehistoric caves and see graffiti which dates back 15,000 years. Find out how to make a kumis and why wild honey is so healthy. Take to the skies on a paraglider's wing and get a bird’s eye view of the glorious landscape exclusively on RTDoc.
Coral reefs are highly important in marine ecosystems. They provide food, shelter and a breeding ground for a wide variety of fish and sea organisms. However, their own well-being has recently come under threat. A disease known as the “white plague” has been wreaking havoc in coral reefs the world over.