The Moscow Times (Russia), Aug. 6, 2002
Not only do Russia’s pagans take to the woods to worship the myriad gods of the Slavic pantheon, they’ve hit the Internet as well.
Slavyanskoye Yazichestvo, or Slavic Paganism, at www.paganism.ru (http://www.paganism.ru was founded by Yaroslav Dobrolyubov, a computer programmer who describes himself in an interview on the site as “anti-facist, anti-communist … and in my spare time I practice paganism.”
Most people think pagans bow before wooden totem poles and hold orgies and sacrifices, he says in the interview, “but a true pagan is an atheist/art buff with a poetic view of the world.”
A simple explanation of what paganism is — a group of mythical, religious and philosophical worldviews based on polytheism — can be found in the Materials section.
The section continues with more than 100 articles and essays on everything from paganism in modern Russia to the ancient Slavic pantheon to Maslenitsa, a holiday with pagan origins marked with feasting and games.
The Gallery section has hundreds of photos of pagans practicing rituals in old Slavic costumes — usually a whole group of them gathered around a tree or bush.
Despite Dobrolyubov’s statement about misconceptions of pagans, wooden totem poles do feature in many of the rituals.
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