(Bogomiles). Branch of Cathari,* numerous in 12th c. in Bulgaria and Constantinople; theol. a mixture of dualism and gnosticism: rejected Baptism and Lord's Supper; shunned chs. as seats of evil spirits; practiced much praying and strict asceticism. Survived severe persecutions. Found adherents in the W Ch.
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