Maavalla Koda
Maavalla Koda is a religious organisation uniting adherents of two Estonia
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n native religious denomination
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s, Taaraism
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 and Maausk.

Maavalla Koda was registered as a union of religious associations (koguduste liit) in Estonia
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 in 1995. The initial constituent members of the union were three local registered religious associations, Emujärve Koda (representing adherents from the south of Estonia
South Estonian language
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), Härjapea Koda (with members from the north of the country), and Tartu Supilinna Koda (formed in the university town of Tartu
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). Later, Tartu Supilinn
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a Koda has been renamed Emajõe Koda (after the river Emajõgi
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), and the newer association of Maausk adherents of the island Saaremaa
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, Maausuliste Saarepealne Koda, has been admitted to Maavalla Koda.

On the Estonian military NATO-standard
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 dog tag (identifier)
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, adherents of Taarausk and Maausk are identified with the abbreviation EST.

A Runic calendar
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 noting festivals of the Estonian traditional religion is published annually by Maavalla Koda.

The current focus of activity of Maavalla Koda is on traditional natural sacred sites in Estonia, with the aim of mapping and doing folkloristic research in order to preserve and perpetuate the local traditions relating to these. Along with the University of Tartu
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, Maavalla Koda co-operates in a government programme initiated to ensure the documentation and protection of natural sacred sites in Estonia.


Maavalla Koda is run by a board of three members – an Elder (vanem), a Warden (vardja), and a Secretary (kirjutaja). The board is elected by the Assembly of Maavalla Koda comprising representatives of local associations.

Elders of Maavalla Koda

  • Addold Mossin
  • Kalle Eller (acting)
  • Anzori Barkalaja
  • Andres Heinapuu
  • Ahto Kaasik

Uralic Communion

In 2001, Maavalla Koda was one of the founders of an umbrella organisation, the Uralic Communion, founded in order to facilitate co-operation among adherents of Uralic
Uralic languages
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 native religions.

Other founders of the Uralic Communion included
  • the former Mari ethnic religion organisation Osh Mari – Chi Mari,
  • Sorta, a research-oriented organisation of Mari traditional religion,
  • Mariz Kemal, leader the Erzya native religion celebration Rasken Ozks, and
  • the Union of Finnish Traditional Religion.
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