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Threats to Mari Animism

By Martin W. Lewis | January 27, 2011 | 6 Comments

As we saw yesterday, the traditional animism of the Mari people of Russia’s Middle Volga region was historically tolerated by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Empire. In Mari El today, animism is officially regarded as one of the republic’s three traditional faiths, along with Orthodox Christianity and Islam. Such has not always

And the Suicide Capital of the World Is … The Republic of Mari El

By Martin W. Lewis | January 25, 2011 | 7 Comments

Suicide rates vary greatly from one part of the world to another. As the first map indicates, self-killing reaches its peak over most of the former Soviet Union, and is common across Europe north of the Alps as well as in southern and eastern Asia. Suicide rates are low across most of the Muslim

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