Traditions of the peoples of the republic of Mari El


The history of any people is brought to life through customs, beliefs, myths and legends. In the Mari-El Republic, people’s traditional culture is an integral part of their modern lives.

The history of any people is brought to life through customs, beliefs, myths and legends. In the Mari-El Republic, people’s traditional culture is an integral part of their modern lives. Here Mari-El land is home not only to Russians, but many other nationalities including the Maris, who make up one of the territory’s largest groups. This ancient Finno-Ugric people from the Middle Volga region can be divided into three ethnographic groups: The Mountain Mari, the Meadow Mari and the Eastern Mari. Tune in to RTG TV’s new programme to learn more about each group and find out what their local traditions concerning daily life, holidays, industry, dancing, festivals and entertainment are.