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By Mariya Lesiv

As Ukraine struggles to discover its nationwide id, smooth Ukrainian Pagans supply an alternate imaginative and prescient of the Ukrainian kingdom. Drawing proposal from the religious lifetime of earlier millennia, they attempt to come to the pre-Christian roots in their ancestors. for the reason that Christianity dominates the religious discourse in Ukraine, Pagans are marginalized, and their principles are perceived as radical.

In The go back of Ancestral Gods, Mariya Lesiv explores Pagan ideals and practices in Ukraine and among the North American Ukrainian diaspora. Drawing on in depth fieldwork, archival records, and released assets now not on hand in English, she permits the voices of Pagans to be heard. Paganism in Slavic international locations is seriously charged with ethno-nationalist politics, and former scholarship has commonly desirous about this point. Lesiv reveals it very important to think about not just how Paganism is preached but additionally the best way that it truly is understood on a personal point. She exhibits that many Ukrainians include Paganism due to its aesthetic facets instead of its linked politics and discusses the function that aesthetics could play within the additional improvement of Ukrainian Paganism.

Paganism in jap Europe is still underrepresented inside Pagan reports, and this paintings is helping to fill that hole. wide comparative references to varied types of Western Paganism permits English-speaking readers to raised comprehend the area of Ukrainian Pagans.

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