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The Survival of Animism in Russia – and Its Destruction in the West

By Martin W. Lewis | January 26, 2011 | One Comment

The continued existence of animist (or “pagan”) religious practices among the Finnic-speaking peoples of the middle Volga region, especially the Mari, is usually considered a curiosity. The Mari, after all, are merely one of a plethora of ethnic groups scattered across the vast reaches of Russia, many of which are noted for their

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