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Adamite

(ˈædəˌmaɪt)
n
1. a human being
2. a nudist, esp a member of an early Christian sect who sought to imitate Adam
Adamitic adj
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The features of the surrounding picture were, a church with hoarding and scaffolding about it, which had been under suppositious repair so long that the means of repair looked a hundred years old, and had themselves fallen into decay; a quantity of washed linen, spread to dry in the sun; a number of houses at odds with one another and grotesquely out of the perpendicular, like rotten pre- Adamite cheeses cut into fantastic shapes and full of mites; and a feverish bewilderment of windows, with their lattice-blinds all hanging askew, and something draggled and dirty dangling out of most of them.
Seeking a way to strike back at the corporation that tried to turn them into killers, Emmett, Morning, and their fellow competitors must also wade through the secrets and mysteries of the indigenous population, forced to question if the Adamites, or Imago (as they call themselves), might be their allies in their fight for survival.
While some generously speculative research in the 1940s attempted to link him to an heretical sex cult called the Adamites, (1) and while the 1960s Zeitgeist had him hallucinating on ergotic wheat, (2) mainstream academic opinion offers a much tamer picture.
Tim Miller's superb introduction brought several previously unknown historical intentional communities to my notice, including the Bogomils, Waldensians, Adamites, Qarmathians, and Assassins.
As he ranges across impressively diverse terrain--including amongst others the band Aerogramme, answering machines, and humans sounding like animals in distress; Agamben's theory of the anthro-machine; Werner Herzog on Timothy Treadwell and grizzly bears on video; Haraway and her dog; Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and Stiegler on re-focusing the libido; Marcuse on the problem of 'shrink-wrapped genitals' and the possibilities of a libidinal ecology; Ikkwan al-Safa and the case of animals versus Adamites; Nine Inch Nails and zoophilia; Derrida and his cat; Marx and species-being; Arendt and art; Bloom on Shakespeare; J.A.
According to this theory, Eve gave birth to one son fathered by Adam, whose progeny became known as Adamites, or the "white race." Eve also bore a son fathered by the biblical snake in the garden of Eden, which sovereign groups argue was really Satan, whose progeny is the "black race" and who sovereigns consider to be inferior by nature (deArmond,1996).
(39) This disposition, already manifested in the late 1780s, created a political culture governed by a grammar of combat, which entailed a "politics of anxious extremes." (40) It fostered the intense employment and further construction of biblical politics, each side depicting the other as wrong-doing "Adamites" and "Jeffersonites." However, transcending the partisan nature of the discourse, it further constructed the United States as a biblical nation.
A white tent just outside the main entrance to the InnSuites hotel harbored hundreds of Milpillas mine specimens (plus a few Ojuela mine wulfenites and adamites), the azurite miniatures and small-miniatures showing razor-sharp, gleaming, blocky or bladed, dark blue crystals to 3 cm.
At the end of the list of fashionable London entertainments quoted above from Brome's A Jovial Crew, including 'races, horse and foot', the gentleman leeringly offers an opportunity to 'see the Adamites run naked afore the ladies' (act 2; p 372).
From the mid 1870s Wake became closely engaged in Morgan's theory of kinship, possibly reflecting a correlation between Morgan's descriptive and classificatory peoples and Wake's Biblical division of the 'Adamites' and the 'pre-Adamites'(1872a).
In contrast, several paragraphs in the conclusion are devoted to straw-horse targets, such as Wilhelm Fraenger's 1947 proposition that the Garden of Earthly Delights was produced for a sect of Adamites or freethinkers who supposedly favored nudism.