Moscow > Ubiquitous magic
Historians name the year 988 as the date of adoption of Christianity in Russia
and the mass baptism of Slavs. Prince of Kiev Vladimir Sviatoslavovich tried
to get rid of polytheism and the worship of nature as soon as possible with
force and steely resolve. Despite all this, many old customs remain, but now
have a Christian flavour. Moscow, founded on the site of ancient Slavic and
Finno-Ugric settlements, has remembered paganism for long centuries. Even during
the reign of the devout Alexei Mikhailovich, Muscovites celebrated Kupala (traditional
Slavic goddess) and Kolyada (ancient winter festival), driving the Tsar mad.
The faith in the result of a performed ritual that remains from paganism is
still going strong. The ritual places might have changed, but the essence of
the "magic thinking" remains the same.