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Sanna Turoma
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Roman Shizhensky (Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University, Russia):

On the Source Base of the Russian Pagan Diaspora (According to Field Research)

From June 17 to June 23, 2014 «New religious movements in modern Russia and Europe» research laboratory asset of Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University named after Kozma Minin conducted a questionnaire among representatives of Russian pagan communities gathered at Ivan Kupala Day. In 2014 the holiday was attended by about 1,200 people. The survey involved 234 people including 138 males (59%), 93 females (39.7%) and three representatives (1.3%) who didn't answer the question of gender. The second question regarding the age of the interviewees caused difficulties answering for 4 respondents (1.7%). The most numerous age group of Ivan Kupala Day is young people (14-30 years old inclusive). Very significant results were obtained in response to a question revealing the level of education of the followers of the modern pre-Abrahamic religion. The last question of the first block was aimed at determining the place of residence of the respondents. Very interesting is the block of answers to the question about the source of knowledge of the pagan tradition. Thus, as a result of our study we can draw the following conclusions: firstly, according to the «Personal Data» block an average participant of Kupala Day in 2014 is a highly educated man of 31, a working specialist living in a city of federal importance. Secondly, the modern pagan associations, individual proselytes of the ideological phenomenon, participants of Kupala feast are characterized by manifestations of the diaspora. Thirdly, very superficial answers to the questions of the source base used for «immersion in tradition» (mostly no more than one group of suggested sources) may indicate a certain level of marginalization of the study group which indirectly testifies the insularity of groups of «Rodnovers».