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 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.
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.
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.
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?
We travel to Gutman’s Cave in Latvia, an ancient site of pagan rituals where the water is said to have life-giving properties and the names of pagan pilgrims are etched all over the walls.
In Lithuania, the Romuva movement works to bring back practice of the country’s ancient pagan traditions. Scholarly debates and recreations of rituals piece together a culture lost to time, but how does this build into a religion for the modern day?