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Blog 1: 13th century
Oh my God! We were walking around in our ruddy, worthless clothing {just to be polite and not walk nude}, when we saw some middle-aged men buy some saint relic from a local vendor--what a disgrace! Of course, he was well dressed and looked like he just ate a tub of meat because his face was so red with excitement--blasphemy! What is the world coming to!? Now young people are turning to materialism and instead of disposing of their wealth like a true spiritual person, keep it to buy a saint's fingernail!

Blog 2: 13th century
Well I was walking along, right? There was nothing much else that I could except admire nature since all of my possessions are gone and I'm too pious to actually think about getting out of poverty {as if I could anyway}. Then I saw this bald guy in a long gray robe--bah! it was one of those Franciscans or Dominicans or whatever. What a jerk--he tries to act poor and beg for food, but I'm the really pious one because I am the one who is actually poor! I mean what he's doing is basically lying and taking advantage of people, right? Some advocate of the Roman Catholic church...it's no wonder it is so corrupt!

Blog 3: 13th century
Everything was going fairly well up to the point that our rebellion against the Roman Catholic church was suppressed--before the Waldensians and the Cathars of course, since they came after us. We were targeted especially because we were more radical and heretical than the Waldensians and the Cathars, so unfortunately our little anti-Roman Catholic church thing didn't last very long.

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Bogomils, eastern Europe, high middle ages {1300-1400}

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Technology

Since we renounced all of our wealth we obviously could not afford weapons and despite the fact that we resisted the Roman Catholic church we still had religious morals that justified why we should not possess weapons in the first place, because that would place us on the "bad" side of our world-view. At the same time, our disapproval of materialism left us with little to no possessions--meaning we didn't possess or use any of the technologies of the middle ages. We avoided all objects in order to live in spiritual perfection without materialism and violence.

Culture

We didn't really have a specific culture but we adopted ways that the Waldensians and the Cathars adopted in greater or lesser forms of resistance. First of all, we chose to live poor lives--much like the Cathars--by renouncing all of our wealth, and also swore off marriage in order to advocate an existence beyond the physical world. In addition, we adopted strict vegetarian diets and resisted the Roman Catholic church for its corrupt practices involving materialism.

Religions

Although we believed in a natural struggle between the forces of good and evil, we nevertheless found flaws in the Roman Catholic church and rose up against it despite our similar beliefs in opposing forces and the concept of God and the Devil. The fact that the priests indulged themselves with wealth disgusted us because we believed true spirituality resides in living poor, humble lives. The sacraments also involved drinking wine and using material things to symbolize intangible forces, which we believed was atrocious because it also renounced spiritual perfection.

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Hey--we{ the Cathars} are totally beyond you! Actually, we based our teachings off our you guys and went even further than the Waldensians when it came to radicalism. We also renounced the Roman Catholic church, believed in living poor, humble lives, and advocated standards such as becoming vegetarians and refusing to marry.
Bibliography:
Bentley, Jerry H and Ziegler, Herbert F., Traditions and Encounters: A Global perspective on the past, 3rd edition, Published by McGraw Hill , Copyright 2006, 2003, 2000
Google image search--"Who were Bogomils?" http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/9892/bhwho.html
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