Adamites

A term given to small groups on the fringes of Christianity at various periods of church history, who were said to have practiced nudity or indulged in sexual promiscuity. Epiphanius gives an account on hearsay of a sect of Adamiani who were said to worship naked and call their meetings paradise. Among later groups were a sect of Bohemian Taborites,* said to have committed wild excesses in nocturnal dances, who were suppressed in 1421, and an Anabaptist sect in the Netherlands about 1580, who were alleged to require candidates for admission to appear naked before the congregation. The followers of an Anabaptist called Adam Pastor were also given the name Adamites.