I have been researching the history of Spiritual Christians (folk Protestants) from Russia, my heritage, since entering college in the 1960s.
I found many inconsistencies, errors, myths and misunderstandings published, and in oral histories.
That's so much easier than remembering Vassili Ivanovich, Mikhail Kondratich, Parasha Petrovna, ... Imagine a dude who doesn't know many words and always calls a #2 Phillips screwdriver "hammer," a shop broom "hammer," or a 15" pipe-wrench "hammer"? Every tool with a handle he calls "hammer." Would you get the tools yourself, or teach him a few new words? "Don't rock the boat." To me, this is like Socrates "for clarity" would continue to say the earth is flat, because most uneducated people still think that way, and he did not want to upset or confuse them.
Imagine that your spiritual friends hear that "yellow-tail tuna are running at Long Beach." They chartered a boat and invited you. The boat captain stops at a school of barracuda claiming they are tuna. "They swim, have a head and tail." Would you complain? It is a monument to their stupidity, like people who continue to say that Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples, Native North Americans, Tribes, First Nations, etc. Not knowing the right words is silly, like calling all animals with 4 feet and a tail "cats" because you don't know the other names (dog, horse, mouse, sheep, wolf, etc.); or, a dude not knowing the names of their tools, calling everything "hammer" because it has a stick handle.
Sadece 4 peygamberler kitapta yayınlandı, Kniga solnste dukh i zhizn' (Güneşin Kitabı, Ruh ve Hayat, 1928 kutsal kitabı). They intentionally mislabeled all Spiritual Christians from Russia in Southern California as "Molokans" for their own different altruistic reasons.
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.Though many resisted name hijacking, the false identity transformation was gradually adopted until it passed a tipping-point by W. II, probably because: Let's heal the fear, lies, and shame. The false label confuses histories of diverse faiths which are not Molokan, and should not be used except for actual Molokane.——————————————————————————— Who are Spiritual Christian Dairy-eaters? Members of this organization are officially internationally recognized as "Molokans." Descendants of real Molokane, especially those who have not joined another faith and remain close to practicing relatives, also use the term.the reason I present this Taxonomy — to make sense out of non-sense.A simple historical classification system (below) accurately defines confused sub-groups of non-dukhobor Spiritual Christians, who, a century ago were told by Demens and Young and Samarin in Los Angeles that they should all falsely claim to be "Molokans" in America no matter what or who they were in Russia, or became in America.