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"Collyridians, a sect toward the close of the 4th century, so denominated from the little cakes which they offered to the Virgin Mary. The sect consisted chiefly of Arabian women, who, out of an extravagant devotion to the Virgin, met on a certain day of the year to celebrate a solemn feast, and to render divine honors to her as a goddess, eating the cakes which they offered in her name. It is said that the members of this sect were not native Arabs, but immigrants from Thrace and Scythia. While pagans they had been accustomed to offer similar cakes to Venus or Astarte."

The University Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Knowledge, Henry M. Mac Cracken, Editor; The Co-operative Publication Society, New York, 1902. Page 1551.

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