Photos of Dukhizhizniki
by Sergey Maximishin
FIOLETOVO — Spiritual Christians Molokans
(self-named "Spiritual Christian") — the Russian
religious movement close to Protestantism. In the middle
of 19-th century Spiritual
Christians Molokans under the order of tsar Nikolay have been banished
to difficult of access mountain areas of just annexed
Armenia and Azerbaijan. Now in mountains of Armenia
remained two villages (Lermontovo
Fioletovo) where Spiritual
Christians Molokans live compactly Photo: typical Dukh-i-zhiznkik
house. Three open books lay in everyone Dukh-i-zhiznkik Molokan's house: the Old Testament, the New Testament and
revelations of Dukh-i-zhiznkik Molokan's prophet Maxim Rudomyotkin.
— Spiritual Christians
FIOLETOVO — The name "Molokan" was used in
reference to the people who ignored the 200 fasting days,
drinking milk (moloko =
"milk" in Russian). Of
4 congregations of Spiritual Christians in Fioletovo, 1
is Molokan and 3 are different Dukhizhiznik faiths.
FIOLETOVO — Economic specialization of Spiritual
Christians Molokans is cultivation of cabbage.
In days of Soviet Union Spiritual
Christians Molokans sold their prepared on
special recipes sauerkraut on all country and earned
huge money. Today it is difficult to them to overcome
numerous state borders between republics of the former
USSR and their economy has come to decline. 70 percent
of cabbage of an old harvest are used as fertilizer for
a new crop.
FIOLETOVO — Spiritual
Christians Molokans prefer to bake bread at
FIOLETOVO — Дети молокан. Spiritual
Christian Molokan children.