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Last Original Pagans in Europe - The Unbroken Mari

Mari Traditional Wedding

The following anthropological documentary is of a Mari traditional wedding between an Orthodox Mari woman and a Pagan Mari man. The pagan faith of the Mari or more appropriately the Mari native religion is the sole surviving religion predating the christianization of Europe. It remains in a pocket within Russia in the Republic of Mari El. The wedding ceremony featured in this video showcases the many deeply rooted pagan traditions still alive in the modern day as well as their deep respect for nature. 

The Mari native faith is an unbroken lineage which has survived to this very day, coexisting with Orthodoxy for over a millennium. 

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.