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Orthodox christianity, the main religion here, is basically a copy of the old pagan serbian (slav) believes.

All I could say to this is lol. Orthodox Christianity is Orthodox Christianity, popular belief that Saint Elias is Thunder thrower is not basic concept of Serbian Orthodox Church, it is popular belief baised on some elemnts from ancient religion, nothing more.

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celebrations of some deities (although they bare christian names nowdays, unfortunately) where we sacrifice food and such to them, but some are still called as they were before, like Vidovdan (the day of Svetovid).

Vidovdan is main point of Serbian Christian idenitiy. On Saint Vitus day (15th of June 1389) Orthodox Serbs fought Ottoman Muslim Turks on Kosovo Polje. Battle's outcom was inconclusive tactically, but strategically it was Turkish victory. Nevertheless Serbs continued to celebrate Battle of Kosovo as final affirmation of their Christian identity.

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So throughout Serbia, you can still find many of the old pagan practices being performed, and belief in vampires, vukodlaks, karakondzule and such is still very much present here.

Those are superstition about mythological beings not old pagan practices. Karakondžula is Vlach's belief futher more not Slavic.

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We still have "slave", which are like celebrations of some deities (although they bare christian names nowdays, unfortunately) where we sacrifice food and such to them, but some are still called as they were before, like Vidovdan (the day of Svetovid).

And exmaple of such sacrifice would be? Boiled wheat with sugar or honey? It is is used liturgically in all the Eastern Orthodox Churches as an offering of boiled wheat that is blessed liturgically in connection with the Memorial Services in Church for the benefit of one's departed, thereby offering unto God, as it were, a sacrifice of propitiation (atonement) for the dead person, and in honor of the Sovereign Lord over life and death. Serbs offer that for souls of their relatives who died in Christian faith. Slavas (literary celebrations) originated from times when Serbs lived in klans (arround adoption of Christianity), each klan got its Church, and all of them together celebrated patron saint of Church and klan, after migrations klans split but their keep Slava.

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