in Traditional from Russia, East and Central Europe
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:22 pm
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Alike Romanians, Bulgarians never had to actually convert to Christian faith. The fact is that the old religion of Romania, Bulgaria and all near the Caucasian area was already monotheist and Gnostic. Orthodox Christian tradition is more an inward religion (pray inside, for oneself) than all in the open and public.
Orthodox Christian tradition in Romania, Bulgaria, Russia (again) kept for a long time some Jewish habits, like celebrations on Saturday (Shabbath).
The monastic tradition was first from the Christian Orthodox realm, to remember the earlier churches and communities as centers of prayers and meditation. But Gnostics would usually also "retire" from the world and live in solitude, in rather small groups.