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(bō`gōmĭlz), members of Europe's first great dualist church, which flourished in Bulgaria and the Balkans from the 10th to the 15th cent. Their creed, adapted from the PauliciansPaulicians
, Christian heretical sect. The sect developed in Armenia from obscure origins and is first mentioned in the middle of the 6th cent., where it is associated with Nestorianism.
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 and modified by other Gnostic and Manichaean sources, is attributed to Theophilus or Bogomil, a Bulgarian priest of the 10th cent. The movement was intensely nationalistic and political, as well as religious, and reflected resentment of Byzantine culture, Slavic serfdom, and imperial authority. They vanished due to persecution and the expansion of Islam, but bits of their ideas and folklore persisted for centuries in Slavic lands.


See M. Loos, Dualist Heresy in the Middle Ages (1974).

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The process of extending the life of unit 5 of Bulgariaas Kozloduy nuclear power plant may be delayed by a year, according to Bogomil Manchev, President of the Bulgarian Atomic Forum (BULATOM).
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Those Mani or Bogomil incarnates, medieval heretics, who led an apostolic life without property or possessions, rejected matter and mass and sex, didn't demand tithes, and were themselves divided idiosyncratic sects like the Albanensians, "the smallest of the Italian schools," who believed in metempsychosis, and the Concorezzans, who believed in the reproduction of one soul from another through sex.
As befitting an encyclopedia of an unreal world, Pavic's novel juxtaposes historical figures, such as Cyril and Methodius, Judah Halevi, Al-Bakri, and Daubmannus, together with fictional characters; descriptions of real events are told alongside fantastic, typical Pavic-like stories about Shaitan's fingering, parrots skillful in reciting Khazar verses, and hens laying "days, weeks, and years"; facts from what little is known of Khazar history are put alongside Bogomil traditions, Slavic myths, and names of nonexistent plants with their alleged Latin nomenclature.
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Chapters discuss the remnants of the Bogomil movement in the English Language (including the linguistic history of the word "bugger"), the heresy's views of women, John Wycliffe and the Dualists, Bogomil-Cathar imagery and theology in "The Vision of Piers Plowman", the spiritual kinship between "Paradise Lost" and the secret book of the Bogomils, and more.
Several scholars, notably Bernard Hamilton, offer new forays into a question that is by now over 50 years old: did medieval dualists come from Balkan Bogomil missionaries?