The importance of pagan traditions in the process of Christianization of Russia remains largely unstudied in historical science. a Nor is the question as such even brought up, since it is customary to believe that Christianity, having replaced paganism, could not become established with the help of pagan means and methods, which it had repudiated. Orthodox theologians draw a sharp line between Eastern Slavic paganism and Christianity. However, a careful analysis of the sources clearly points to pagan elements in the process of institution of Christianity in the old Russian society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRussian Traditional Culture
Subtitle of host publicationReligion, Gender and Customary Law
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315288444
ISBN (Print)1563240394, 9781563240409
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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Froianov, I. I., Dvornichenko, A. I., & Krivosheev, I. V. (2016). The introduction of christianity in Russia and the Pagan traditions. In Russian Traditional Culture: Religion, Gender and Customary Law (pp. 3-15). New York: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315288451