Avoid confusing English labels, except to define the original labels in the Russian language.Avoid misinformation and disinformation published after 1900.
I have been researching the history of Spiritual Christians (folk protestants*), a religio-social movement from Russia, my heritage, since entering college in 1966.
Since then, I found many inconsistencies, errors, myths and misunderstandings published, and in oral histories.
** "Sect" and "sectarian" as derived from the Latin secta, "a way, road" ...
a discipline or school of thought as defined by a set of methods and doctrines.
Doukhobors in Canada have a similar problem.(28) Can you imagine working with someone who has very little vocabulary and refuses to learn any new words?
For many people, education is such an uncomfortable burden that they avoid learning.
Can you imagine someone who calls everyone "dude," never learning peoples' real names? If you did know know what borshch is, how can you ask for it?
Wouldn't life be so much simpler if we just all call everyone "dude"? Is borshch really cabbage soup, beet soup, tomato soup, potato soup, carrot soup, or something else? If you know that borshch is a combination of all these, because you learned that word long ago, you would never think of calling borshch anything else.
* Etymology of Tambov is from tomba, a Mordovian Moksha term for "deep pool of water," referring to the vast wetlands to the east.