It just so happened that paganism and Orthodox Christianity are closely intertwined in Russia. Christmas and Maslenitsa are celebrated. In the evening people go to the church services, and at night – caroling and reading fortunes. They leave a drink at the cemetery which is also an echo of pagan tradition. Even today, when passing through Russian villages, we can see the whole cosmogony of the Russian world, from heaven to earth.
Not so long ago peasants left milk for Poludnitsa when working in fields. People used to believe in so many pagan things. And at the same time they believed in God. The examples can go on. Even the construction of wooden churches, not stone ones, is associated with pagan architecture.
In my work, it is interesting for me to turn to the topic of the so-called folk Christianity. By the way, it is characteristic not only of Russia, but also of a number of other countries; Northern Europe, for example. That’s how this series was born and to this day it remains one of my favourites.