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While pagan and folk religions may seem archaic to the wider world, they are thriving across the Baltic states. The Maausk community, along with Estonia’s other prominent neopagan group, the Taaraists, tripled in size from 2001 to 2011, the latest figures available from the national census. Meanwhile, a 2014 study from the University of Tartu indicated that 61% of Estonians believed that neopaganism was the “true” religion of Estonia.

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Baltic paganism is an interesting phenomenon that is very difficult to learn about. Lithuania wasn’t officially Christianized until ridiculously late (1387). Until then Christianity was not enforced in the region. German sources were still referring to Baltic (Prussian) pagan beliefs in the 16th century.  A lot of Baltic Prussians became northern Germans and Poles.

It’s weird to compare them to the Slavic peoples, who are the closest linguistic relatives of the Balts. Lots of similarities and differences.

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