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  • noun Plural form of Adamite.

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  • Throughout the history of Christianity, ‘heretical’ sects incorporating a more libertarian attitude to sex sprang up but were invariably condemned and suppressed—for example, the Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit, also known as the Adamites, were said to practise a ‘sexual secret’ as far back as the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.16 The philosophy of the Adamites was a marked influence on the tract Schwester Katrei—which, as we have seen, includes evidence of familiarity with the Gnostic Gospels' portrayal of Mary Magdalene—and the female author appears to have been a member of this sect.17

    The Templar Revelation

  • Throughout the history of Christianity, ‘heretical’ sects incorporating a more libertarian attitude to sex sprang up but were invariably condemned and suppressed—for example, the Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit, also known as the Adamites, were said to practise a ‘sexual secret’ as far back as the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.16 The philosophy of the Adamites was a marked influence on the tract Schwester Katrei—which, as we have seen, includes evidence of familiarity with the Gnostic Gospels' portrayal of Mary Magdalene—and the female author appears to have been a member of this sect.17

    The Templar Revelation

  • The poor negroes upon them are a kind of Adamites, very scantily supplied with clothes and other necessaries; nevertheless, (which is a little incomprehensible,) they continue in perfect health, and none of them die, except it be of age.

    The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published

  • They feared to draw near, knowing that the island was inhabited by a Ghul443 who ate Adamites, and would have sheered off; but we ran down to the marge of the sea and made signs to them, with our turband-ends and shouted to them, whereupon one of the sailors, who was sharp of sight, said to the rest,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Picardus, a Frenchman, that invented a new sect of Adamites, to go naked as Adam did, and to use promiscuous venery at set times.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Or, suppose you should teach your children the notion of the Adamites, and they should run naked into the streets, would not the magistrate have a right to flog

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • They go about naked, like the Adamites, know nothing of weights and measures, “nor of the source of all misfortunes, money ... living in the golden age, without laws, without lying judges, without books, satisfied with their life, and in nowise solicitous for the future.”

    PRIMITIVISM

  • London judges worried over Peyrère's work on the pre-Adamites published in translation in 1655.

    DEISM

  • Of these movements in their most primitivistic form one might select the Adamites.

    PRIMITIVISM

  • Adamites to emerge into historic light, but with the records of its achievements buried in gloom almost as dense as that which covers the ruder populations that the Hamites everywhere displaced.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917

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