——————————— Short answer to question 1: Why do so many falsely call themselves "Molokan"? Most are Dukh-i-zhizniki, some are Pryguny, and some with mixtures of other Spiritual Christian faiths — malakan.To hide a complicated, confusing and illegal history in Old Russia which misled descendants' understanding of their origins; confused many with the similar term malakan; and, it is an easy and safe, though incorrect, word to use in English. ——————————————————————————— Why should I care about this simple Taxonomy? To get a little education, just a little, so your vocabulary will be clearer to you, and others will know what you are talking about.
Avoid confusing English labels, except to define the original labels in the Russian language.
Avoid misinformation and disinformation published after 1900.
** "Sect" and "sectarian" as derived from the Latin secta, "a way, road" ...
a discipline or school of thought as defined by a set of methods and doctrines.
* The term "Spiritual Christianity" (Russian: dukhovnoe khristianstvo) specifically refers to "Russian folk Protestantism," not all of the 100 types of sectarians (Russian: sektanty).
The phrase was used by Molokane to and other heretics to describe themselves, and was popularized in scientific literature by Moscow Professor Alexander Ilyich Klibanov (1910-1994), a historian, religious scholar, and pioneering researcher of religious and social movements in Russia.
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