When you climb the steep path under the overhanging branches of the trees in Mer Oto (Sacred grove for community prayers), you find yourself in another world. You are immediately enveloped in the delicious smoke of sacrificial fires, ash and Linden seeds are sprinkled on your head. In the nose the smell of an oily broth. There are many voices in my ears. Colorful Mari dresses and shawls. This action hid in the grove, which is located on the South of the village Uncho for small stream (inflow Schara). Mari Traditional Religion is based on the belief in the forces of nature, which man should honor and respect. The chief God of the Mari is the One God or Poro Osh Kugu Yumo ("One Bright Great God"). He unites the entire Universe, controls the other Gods and maintains the eternal order of things on Earth and in Heaven. The Mari, a people of roughly half a million, are said to be Europe’s last pagans. They are considered to come in Volga area from Eastern Europe some thousands years ago. The Marifaith traditionally knows no written scriptures and no sacred edifices, “Nature is our temple”. To get the gods help Many people do their prayers in sacred groves, where some feasts include the ritual slaughter of animals as sacrifice.
In Mari-El, the Mari Traditional Religion is recognized as one of three traditional faiths, along with Christianity and Islam. Indeed, unnoticed by much of the outside world, the Mari faith has made a remarkable recovery since the end of Soviet Union.