I'd like to ask some of my Ukrainian friends if it's common for Ukrainians to believe in Toll Houses or an intermediary state after death? I figure that, since the Ukrainians feel a lot closer to Constantinople then Moscow (historically) then they would be more inclined to believe in the intermediary state as opposed to the Russian Toll House beliefs. By Ukrainians, I don't just mean the official position of one of the Ukrainian Churches but that which the simple folk in the pews tend to believe in.
Also, what about the Carpatho Russians?
I know this is an old thread, but since it has been resurrected recently, I thought I would just mention that some of the oldest surviving icons
of the Last Judgment which include a depiction of the tollhouses are from the Ukraine and the Carpathian region. There may have been older icons with such depictions that may not have survived. The following icon is from the late 15th – early 16th century and is from the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin in the village of Mshana, Lviv region (Ukraine). The icon is now in Lviv National Museaum.
In the book “Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians”, John-Paul Himka speaks of the Carpathian iconography depicting the tollhouses. He specifically describes three different ways in which the tollbooths are depicted in Last Judgment iconography, saying “tollbooths of the fifteenth century [Last Judgment icons] were situated on a serpent in the lower centre of the icon… Another design had emerged early in the sixteenth century… [which] represented the tollbooths as a series of booths stacked one upon another on the right border of the icon… The third design first appeared on Dolyna, an icon from the 1560s. It depicts a zigzag road with tollbooths at every turn in the road.” He goes on to say, “Within our region there does not seem to be a geographical correlation at all for the different types of tollbooths. The serpent tollbooths were to be found also in Russia, the booths-style tollbooths only in the Carpathian region
and Romanian Maramures, and the zigzag tollbooths in the Carpathian region
So, depictions of the tollhouses in iconography can be found in the Carpathian region just as in the Ukraine, Russia, Romania, etc.