Bektashi Monastery

In the Albanian city of Tirana stands the center of Bektashi Islam, an open and introspective sect of the religion. Bektashi followers have no specific calls to prayer or rules on food, and instead are asked to focus on building their own relationships with God, accepting all faiths and nationalities into their temples.

Blagaj Tekke

In Mostar, the site of many tragedies in the latest Balkan conflict, an ancient Sufi temple stands at a sacred point of natural beauty. The waters and this faith have defined Mostar for a thousand years, but have they helped the town heal from modern tragedies?

Prophecy of Kremna

The village of Kremna in Serbia was once home to two self-proclaimed prophets. The cryptic messages and eery accuracy of their predictions has created an immense pride in the small town, and monuments to their stories, which predicted world wars and Serbian kings, still stand today.

The Pumping Rock

The Dobogoko park, located in the heart of Pilis mountains outside Budapest, is considered a sacred place by worshipers of the Hungarian Taltos traditions. The site has staid an integral part of Hungary throughout the years, and has been held sacred by politicians, religious leaders, and more.

Taltos – Sweat Lodge

The Karabaska group in Hungary, led by a Taltos, a Hungarian shaman, uses sweat lodges to celebrate an ancient holiday. By working with Native Americans, they piece together a culture that could only be found in old documents and legend.

Taltos – Drum Circle

On the outskirts of a small Hungarian town, the Karabaska group, led by a Taltos, a Hungarian shaman, recreates and pieces together the ancient rituals of their ancestors. By borrowing techniques from native Americans and looking back to ancient witch hunt documents, these Hungarians are rebuilding shamanism and a community for their descendants.

Vilnius Old Town

The Old Town of Vilnius has a large number of Churches, holy sites, and temples from numerous religions. From Christian Orthodoxy to traditional pagans, temples in Vilnius have been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. What can Vilnius teach us about how faith defines a city, and how that evolves over time?