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Chuvash Christian Liturgy in Samara
 Šyravşă | 14.10.2015 13:41 |

Religion Holy Resurrection Monastery. Image courtesy
Holy Resurrection Monastery. Image courtesy

On October 10, in Holy Resurrection monastery, for the first time in the modern history of Samara the mass was celebrated in the Chuvash language, according to Samara information agency.

The initiative came from the regional Chuvash National and Cultural Autonomy of Samara. Its representatives addressed a request to Sergii, the metropolitan bishop of Samara and Syzran. The faithful asked that worship in one of the city's temples be in Chuvash,the language native to many of the citizens.

In September 2015 metropolitan Sergii gave a blessing for Chuvash liturgy. It was served by abbot Nikon, who is the vice-rector for educational work in Samara Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Samara Oblast is one of the places where the Chuvash make up a significant community. According to the 2010 census, the region is home to more than 80 thousand Chuvash people.



A Krishnaite temple is appearing ...
 Vedic Temple to be Constructed | 11.10.2015 14:51 |


A Krishnaite temple is appearing in Pittukassi suburb of Cheboksary. it is to be finished in 2020 according to the plan.

The foundation and ground floor work are scheduled for this year. The temples first floor and the rood are to be finished in 2017, with the doors of the place of worship to be open in 2018. There will be an altar, kitchen, bedrooms and kids' room. The house of worship is 55. sq m large.

The Cheboksary Eparchy Anti-Sectant Department worker protoiereus Sergei Iermolaiev states the Orthodox Christian Church is against Krishnaites, saying «The Krisnaite movement was born in the second half of the 20th century in America. It is a sect of false Hinduism. Their rites and traditions are foreign to us. The church oposes the construction of such a temple in the city of Cheboksary».



A guest came to Chuvashia. And not just in vain. She's planning to make great work here.

A specialist of Russian Ethnographic Museum's Volga and Urals branch, Natalia Kashpar intends to perform a field study in the villages of the Chuvash Republic. The research is called the Traditional Belief of the Chuvash.

Natalia presented to the Chuvash National Museum a book and an album dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Russian Ethnographic Museum and disk called "The Ritualistic Doll of the Volga and the Urals Region". The are sure to find a deserved spot in the funds of the Chuvash museum.



Animal Sacrifice Brought Rain
 Šyravşă | 30.06.2015 11:34 |

Religion Animal Sacrifice Depicted in Art
Animal Sacrifice Depicted in Art

On June 28 Chuvash people of Alših, Tatarstan performed a big sacrificial ritual. Local journalist Ulatimӗr Babikin (used to work for Pӑva TV studio) reports that folks slaughtered a young bull and prayed over it.

The sacrifice brought rains that watered fields and woods of Chuvashia dried up by scorching hot weather that even caused the officials in Patӑrjel rayon to announce emergency situation.

Let's remind here, that in the old times Chuvash would preform animal sacrifice in hot and scorching weather at nearby springs or rivers, lakes or ponds. They would usually read prayers over sacrificial porridge, milk soup and omelet. Folklorists also recorded many instances of horse, bull and lamb sacrifice.

We should also add here, that sacrifice is recorded within Christian Chuvash as well. In XIX century local clergy equated it with the one in Old Testament and called it Abrahamic Faith. Sacrificial lamb feast is offered on or after Petrav Kunӗ (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul). The other time the feast is held is in autumn and it resembles that of Islamic Kurban Bayram. Family, relatives, friends and neighbors gather under one roof or rather in the garden to celebrate the Christian holiday. Nowadays, the sacrificial and religious elements have faded, and it is just a festive meal rather than a semi-Islamic, or any ancient religious sacrifice.





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