posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 01:26 PM
These people were lead into the wilderness with little preperation by the father who was an "Old Ritualist". Old Ritualists were followers of an old
set of Christian rituals of the Russian Orthodox Church. When the patriarch of the church attempted to bring the Russian rituals in line with the
rituals of the Greek Orthodox Church. those who refused to adopt the new reforms, became known as the Old Ritualists or Old Believers.
These people were persecuted by the Tsars and other regimes for centuries prior to the persecution by the Bolsheviks. At times, whole communities
would pick up and disappear into the forest.
So this old man, the father, wanting to hold onto ancient dogmatic principles and ritual that had been cause for tribulation for centuries, decided
that rather than accepting newer ritual and find acceptance into the larger religious community, took his antiquated dogmatic belief and ran off into
the forest with his family.
Moronic. Then, only through a unique and degrading set of circumstances, allowed his family to revert to a base level of human existence for decades
I read up the thread that this is an example of the strength of faith and family, and human endurance. Several times I read people saying it
exemplified humans living in tune with nature.
Hogwash. These people were not living in tune with nature. They were isolated in the wilderness, scrabbling out an almost prehistoric existence. There
were no men for the daughters by which to have children. This is NOT living in tune with nature. This is ideological stubbornness.