There is no country, no civilization where religion hasn’t left its visible and beautiful traces. It's Egyptian pyramids and sphinxes storing the former grandeur, Gothic cathedrals of Europe, Armenian monasteries and cross-stones, many kilometers of stunning Indian “images” of American deserts, dainty Chinese painting, amazing Japanese art of ikebana and the shapes of rock gardens and, finally, the significant part of world literature, music, dance, art. Plunging into sacred traditions and legends, strange rituals and customs, you can, together with the Radio Vem, penetrate the arches of the majestic temples, be in the ancient shrines of different nations and under the shadows of sacred trees, find out what religion they practice, what kind of life they live, how they perceive the world and themselves, what and how they
In Slavic fairy tales you can meet many magical characters — either hideous, mysterious and unclear or kind and willing to help. For contemporary people, they are funny fictitious images, but in ancient times, the ancestors of the Russians firmly believed that the entire surrounding world is shrouded in magic: in the thickets of the forest the hut of Baba-Yaga stands; in the dark stony mountains the serpent that steals beauties dwells; and a horse is able to speak in human language. Such faith is called paganism or folk belief.