Religions Fanaticism la Europe.
THE MORMONS AND MILLERITES ECLIPSED.—The New York True Sun has a clever corres-pondent at Berlin, who writes some highly inter-esting letters, from one of which we extract the following:
"In a letter I wrote to you a few days ago, I alluded to a religious sect, under the guidance of a peasant, called Janson, who, in very many respects, bore a strong resemblance to the Mor-mons. From some of the papers I now learn, that there is another sect existing in the very heart of Germany, in a little town, called Krog-lingen, on the Bavarian frontier, more fanatic and extravagant than even Mormons, Miller-ites, or the followers of the Swedish Janson.—The writings of Swedenborg accidentally fell, into the hands of a certain butcher, and by earnest study of them he came to the convic-tion, that the spirit had entered his body, and I that he was destined to teach a new doctrine, to give mankind a new message from the Al-mighty. He gained many followers, as the people of that District are naturally inclined to superstition. This sect rejects the Bible and the general doctrines of Christianity; they re-fuse to pay tithes and taxes, work as little as possible, let their hair grow, and wear no cov-ering on their heads. No forcible measures can induce them to send their children to School; the spirit, they say, gives life, and as in time that spirit must awake in all who belong to them, all human knowledge and learning would be useless.
Some time ago, the head and prophet of this sect, discovered that the true spirit no longer lived within him, but had entered into a baker, who is now mockingly called, by the people "the little god of Kroglingen," who affects the saint, and gives the name of apostles to the prin-cipal of his followers. All neglect their affairs in this life, in hope of the end of the world, which they suppose at hand, and which will bring them great rewards; the more wealthy among them are evidently going to ruin; every one en-deavors to sacrifice more than his neighbor in the great cause of his belief; but they live in quiet, avoid all participation in customary! Christian ceremonies, as for induced—at a fu-neral—where they cannot be induced to enter the graveyard, but only accompany the hearse to the door. The principal of the sect and his apostle St. Peter, the above mentioned butcher, endeavor-ed to spread their doctrine in Bavaria, but with-out success, as the authorities, looking upon them as vagabonds, sent them over to the fron-tier, after some few days of imprisonment. One of the most funny instances of superstition is re-lated of the above named baker, the "little god" as they call him. He is a very small, thin man, and has already several times en-deavored to ascend to heaven, for which purpose he had the roof of his dwelling partly taken off; but he could not fly, notwithstanding all his endeavors and his faith. He kept swinging his arms in trying to rise till exhaustion prevented him from continuing. I have mentioned this foolish sect, as well as the Swedish one, merely to show you that these classes of fanatic fools occasionally arise here as well as on the other side of the Atlantic.
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