Origin of the name BOGUMIL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BOGUMIL.
BOGUMIL (Богомил). The
same as Bulgarian Bogomil (q.v.),
meaning either "beloved of God" from the Sclavonic word Bogumil,
or "Lord, have mercy" from Bog milui.
... The oscillations of Boris
between Greece and Rome, although they eventually secured for him from
Constantinople such ecclesiastics as he desired, had the ill effect of
throwing his country open to the strife and influences of many differing
sects, all of whom called themselves Christians. The tenets of
those sects, the Paulicians, the Catharists, the Bogomiles, &c., had
much in common, and they have been described at considerable length by
various historians, especially by the learned Neander; but as one of
them, the Bogomilians or Bogomiles, for a long period exercised
considerable influence not only in the religious life of Bulgaria, but
over her political history, a brief notice of them may not be deemed
inappropriate. Their origin is doubtful... They believed in God
and in Satanael, his first-born, fallen away. The former
was a spiritual being, from whom nothing imperfect or temporal
proceeded; the wicked one created everything visible and corporeal,—the
physical universe, in fact. This leading tenet, this dualism with
modifications, appears to have pervaded the beliefs of most of the
so-called heretical sects. The earth, according to the views of
the Bogomiles, being the work of Satan, was doomed to destruction.
The soul of man is an imprisoned fallen angel, which after death returns
to God and heaven. Satan made Adam of earth, but being unable to
vivify him, sought the help of God, who breathed of His own life into
him. Cain, according to them, was the son of Satan and Eve, Abel
of Adam and Eve, Cain representing the evil, and Abel the good principle
in humanity. Satan was held responsible for all the evils which
fell upon mankind—the flood, the dispersal at Babel, the destruction of
Sodom. The presence of the Saviour and His death upon the cross
were only appearances. Christ disgraced Satan, and bound him with
a heavy chain. Mary was an angel, not the mother of Christ; and
only the moral and religious teachings of Christ were credited to Him...
(Bulgaria Past and Present, Samuelson, 1888)