Megre grew up in the village of Kuznichi, in present-day Ukraine. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother, whom he describes as a village healer. Megre left home at age 16 and moved to Novosibirsk, where he worked as a photographer, camera operator and film director in several commercial co-operatives. He married and had a daughter, Polina. As many other newly capitalistic Russians, he took advantage of Perestroika and the subsequent collapse of the communist system to launch his entrepreneurial career. By the late s had become the president of the Inter-Regional Association of Siberian Entrepreneurs.
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Clusters of deities. Identity and political philosophy. Religious organisations :. The books offer a holistic worldview, teaching about humanity's relationship with nature, God and the universe, the creation of the world, the power of thought in modelling reality and the future, a cyclical eschatology , the relationship between men and women, and education.
The name "Ringing Cedars" comes from Anastasians' beliefs about spiritual qualities of the Siberian "cedar" actually a species of pine. The Ringing Cedars may be described as a nature religion , since Anastasian spirituality emphasises the sacredness of nature or generation, conceived as a source of divinity and the means of communication with God Rod. A Lithuanian Anastasian has defined God as follows: . God is Nature — a twitter of birds, the wind, a rustle of trees Anastasians believe that nature is the "materialised thoughts of God".
All living things, and superior living beings or gods, are believed to be thoughts of God, and therefore by communicating with them humanity may communicate with God. God and the many gods within it are impersonal and not to be worshipped.
Some Anastasians consider Anastasia a deity, or the incarnation of a deity, patroness of ancestral estates and dacha owners dachniki. According to other accounts, she received the knowledge contained in the books written by Vladimir Megre directly from the supreme God, through the ancestors. The Ringing Cedars believe in the interconnectedness of all being, and therefore they greatly emphasise the moral responsibility of individuals and humanity towards the surrounding world.
They believe that human thoughts and feelings actively, magically influence the surrounding world, having the power to affirm or disrupt natural harmony. When a man is full of love, he is entirely radiant. That energy of radiance reflects into the planets above him in a short particle of a second, comes back to earth again and gives life to everything that is alive If a man is ful of anger, his disseminating radiance is dark; it cannot rise up and penetrated deeply into the Earth.
After striking deep into the bowels [of the Earth], it comes back and manifests itself as a volcanic eruption, an earthquake, war. In order to be respectful towards other forms of life, Anastasians try to eschew any form of killing, and therefore they adopt vegetarian , vegan , and raw food diets, and wear clothes made of natural materials.
According to Megre, when a man lives in harmony with his own kin within a homestead of at least a hectare in size, a "love space" is established. A "love space" is where God is present , immanent , and constitutes a "Heaven on earth", where kindred people grow together with the surrounding world.
The concept of "love space" is not merely geographic, but includes anything good which an individual may create. In other words, the kinship homestead mirrors the modality of God's work through nature. In his hectare of land a man is capable of building a house with natural materials, growing plants and domesticating animals, creating an ecosystem.
A Russian Anastasian has described her experience of the kinship homestead as follows: . Through Nature you can gain insight into God's purpose. The "love space" always corresponds to a transcendental space where an individual may be reborn. Anastasians believe that reincarnation may be consciously planned, and it occurs in the lineage. Reincarnation occurs within the "love space", or the established kin, because the offspring remember their ancestors.
The Ringing Cedars believe that humans and all of reality is fundamentally energy of thought, and ancestors may be reborn if they are thought by their descendants. The contemporary epoch is considered to be one of the third type.
Anastasians believe that they are at the forefront of the rebirth of a "Vedic" golden age, and their appeals to go "back to nature" imply to go back to the awareness which characterises humanity during such golden ages, which also equates to a reawakening of the ancestors. These ideas are expressed in Ringing Cedars' books as follows: . It functions as an information and coordination center of the Ringing Cedars' movement.
The movement does not have a rigid structure, centralised organisation, hierarchy or authoritarian leaders. The participants of the movement themselves, based on the ideas of books, have to develop applied organisational and ideological materials on their own. The social ideal of the movement, upon which all its organisation relies, is the kinship homestead or ancestral estate, a type of ecovillage.
It consists of a parcel of land of approximately one hectare owned by one family where its members and their descendants can live without having to rely on technical culture. The model of the kinship homestead is believed to be a reproduction of the universe's, or God's, working. The official website of the Anastasian Foundation gives the following definition of the kinship homestead:. The kinship homestead is enclosed by a hedge of forest cultures: cedar, coniferous and deciduous trees, shrubs.
As the communities have to be self-sufficient, many of them produce and sell various goods, for instance, many produce goods from the Siberian cedar and birch,  while in the northwest of Russia others produce Ivan-chai , a fireweed tea, which they believe to be an indigenous and authentic beverage of the Russian peasants, a legacy of the ancient Russian civilisation, which has healing and relaxing effects and "suits the body and soul of the Russians", contrary to foreign and harmful beverages.
The Grishino ecovillage in Leningrad Oblast was among the first to produce Ivan-chai , and they organised the "Festival of Russian Tea" with the support of the local administration.
Anastasians engage in nature-worshipping ceremonies and individual rituals. Rituals for hallowing the "love spaces" are crucial for most believers. These sites include megalithic buildings like the dolmens of North Caucasus , and sites on the Black Sea coast, especially Gelendzhik in the region of Krasnodar. Lithuanian Anastasians make pilgrimage to a holy site in Tverai.
Russian Anastasians tend to give nationalist connotations to the concept of "love space", extending it to mean the "Russian nation" as an overarching concept, espouse traditionalist values, and Anastasianism for them represents an ethnocultural phenomenon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This term does not include other manifestations of Neopaganism, such as, for example, Ynglism or Anastasianism.
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Clusters of deities. Identity and political philosophy. Religious organisations :. The books offer a holistic worldview, teaching about humanity's relationship with nature, God and the universe, the creation of the world, the power of thought in modelling reality and the future, a cyclical eschatology , the relationship between men and women, and education. The name "Ringing Cedars" comes from Anastasians' beliefs about spiritual qualities of the Siberian "cedar" actually a species of pine. The Ringing Cedars may be described as a nature religion , since Anastasian spirituality emphasises the sacredness of nature or generation, conceived as a source of divinity and the means of communication with God Rod.
Biography of Vladimir Megre