‘Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari’ Explores the rituals of Russian Pagans

Vice has posted an interview with filmmaker Aleksey Fedorchenko whose ‘Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari,’ explores the rituals of a pagan tribe in the Russian Urals. The article states:

The film is compiled from 23 stories of 23 women—an occasionally heartbreaking, occasionally hilarious exploration of the real-life sexuality and social behaviour, traditions and rituals still widely practiced by Mari people.

Reality and magic are closely intertwined in Mari culture: The great towering birch can jinx and forgive, bread and birds are sacrificed to the gods in sacred groves, women make love with wind, and young girls have to blow a special pipe on the top of the hill to celebrate the arrival of their first period.


Mari woman

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