RELIGION

Religious freedom is guaranteed in Estonian constitution giving everyone the right to choose his or her orientation. However, Estonians are considered one of the least religious nations in Europe. In reality, it could be said that Estonians are very tolerant and religious beliefs are seen as something very personal.

Since the Reformation movement in the 16th century, the Lutheran church has played the leading role in Estonia. Other larger active confessions that could be found are: Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic.

There are also remaining Finno-Ugric tribal peoples’ traditions, which have been adjusted with contemporary Estonian worldview. The essence of this earth-religion is being person-centred. Everyone has rights to have its own religious beliefs. Everyone is responsible for his or her own acts and has to be self-sufficient. Earth-religion also emphasises respect for ancestral traditions and personal contact with gods.

The contemporary Taara-believers preserve the 1920–1930s national Romantic tradition, but the Earth religion, which started emerging in the 1960s, relates native Estonian religion to other Finno-Ugric peoples’ nature worship.

RELIGION
RELIGION
RELIGION