Pagan rituals celebrate Russian summer

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Some young Russians welcome the arrival of summer by heading to the countryside to perform rituals that date back to pagan times, like building a straw man and touching its penis to bring fertility and love.

While in Russia working on another project, photographer Claudine Doury had seen people in the cities of northern Russia celebrate summer by drinking through the night outdoors during the “Belye Nochi,” or “White Nights,” when the sun sets around 11:30 p.m. and rises at 4:30 a.m.

“I saw a lot of people in the street stopping and closing their eyes and taking in the energy of the sun,” Doury said.

She also wanted to see the celebrations in the fields outside the cities.

“It interested me because more and more young people in Russia go every year,” she said.

Ivan Kupala Day falls around the time of summer solstice, the first day of summer…

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