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Mankind has always aspired to be the largest biggest strongest highest essentially the best in everything This is not untrue for the Russians who have had the largest country in the world for quite some time now Russia covers one-sixth of the entire worlds land mass and has had a significant part in modern history However in order to understand why a country has become what it is now one must look at its culture A countrys culture not only reflects its citizens now but also its history and future Many things reflect Russias diverse culture but two main things are art and the church Like many other countries the church has played a great role in the formation of Russia Russias main church is known as the Russian Orthodox Church which is about one thousand years old and roughly half of the countrys population belongs to it However the vast majority of Orthodox believers do not attend church on a regular basis Also most Russians dont adhere strictly to a single belief Instead they combine traditional faiths with other alternative beliefs Among these are witchcraft and astrology which are especially popular among young people Russians have also turned to numerous new beliefs sects and religious denominations Nonetheless the Russian Orthodox Church is widely respected by both believers and nonbelievers who see it as a symbol of Russian heritage and culture The Russian Orthodox Church was originally one of the metropolitanates of the Patriarchate of Constantinople It was not until 1448 that the Russian Church became independent of the Patriarchate of Constantinople It then continued to gain strength as the Russian state became stronger Its role as the single unifying factor of the Russian people during the feudal divisions and during the Tartar invasions made it even more an integral part of Russian culture People looked towards to church during those times and even now for a source of comfort Even during the reign of
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