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Albigensians

albigenses. Adherents of a religion derived from the teaching of Mani who lived in Persia in the third century. In a modified form his ideas spread into Asia Minor in the late Roman period, and from there into the Balkans in the early [[Middle Ages]]. By following the trade routes they appeared in northern Italy and southern France by the eleventh century. Although given various names such as Cathari* and Bogomiles,* in the West they were generally called Albigensians because the center of their greatest strength was the town of Albi in Languedoc. This religion was dualistic, with a god of light (Truth, the god of the NT), and a god of darkness (Error, the god of the OT). Life on earth was a struggle between these gods and their principal forces, spirit, and matter. The good life for man was a gradual purification from matter. Hence the Albigensians condemned marriage, procreation, eating food, war and the use of anything material in worship. Because they refused to take oaths they