Imagine that your spiritual friends hear that "yellow-tail tuna are running at Long Beach." They chartered a boat and invited you. The boat captain stops at a school of barracuda claiming they are tuna. "They swim, have a head and tail." Would you complain? It is a monument to their stupidity, like people who continue to say that Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Tribes, First Nations, etc. Not knowing the right words is silly, like calling all animals with 4 feet and a tail "cats" because you don't know the other names (dog, horse, mouse, sheep, wolf, etc.); or, a dude not knowing the names of their tools, calling everything "hammer" because it has a stick handle.Not knowing alternatives is dangerous in professions where we expect expertise.

Too often Molokane are confused with Dukhobortsy and many other sects that pretended to be Molokane when they fled from Russia, and/or arrived in California.

Only about 500 Molokane (100 families) migrated to California where most settled in San Francisco and Northern California.

Wouldn't life be so much simpler if we just all call everyone "dude"? Many habitually continue the mistake to be consistent with previous mistakes, to not confuse the listener-reader.

That's so much easier than remembering Vassili Ivanovich, Mikhail Kondratich, Parasha Petrovna, ... Imagine a dude who doesn't know many words and always calls a #2 Phillips screwdriver "hammer," a 10" ceramic frying pan "hammer," or a 15" pipe-wrench "hammer"? Would you get the tools yourself, or teach them a few new words? To me, this is like Socrates "for clarity" would continue to say the earth is flat, because most uneducated people still think that way, and he did not want to upset or confuse them.

But you trust the elders, journalists and professors who only know one term and definition for ....

the reason I present this Taxonomy — to make sense out of non-sense.

Please properly use these 3 transliterated Russian terms in honest respect, to set the record straight.

Avoid confusing English labels, except to define the original labels in the Russian language.

Avoid misinformation and disinformation published after 1900.

Other Spiritual Christian (non-Orthodox, sectarian) groups with origins in Old Russia that resettled in North America (Adventisty, Baptisti, Dukhobortsy,* Evangeliki, Pyatidesyatniki, Shalaputi, Subbotniki, Svobodniki, etc.) are not the focus of this taxonomy, though they were often called malakan as a group, or Molokan in error.

After February 1906, there was never an organized Molokan congregation in South California, Mexico or Canada, only in San Francisco and later in Sheridan (north of Sacramento).