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Old Believers, Russian
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[German Version]

I. The believers who, from 1653, were expelled from the Great Church because of their rejection of the liturgical reforms of the Moscow patriarch Nikon, gathered in their own communities in order to maintain the Old Russian forms of devotion laid down by the Moscow Hundred Chapter Synod of 1551. The authorities first called them “schismatics” (Raskol’niki), and later “Old Ritualists,” while for the people they were the Old Believers. They did not contest the necessity for corrections in liturgical texts …

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Old Believers, Russian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_00520>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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