Juhan Leinberg, also known as prophet Maltsvet, was a founder of a religious sect named after him in Estonia. Juhan Leinberg was born in Järvamaa, Norra parish. In his youth he was a farmer, miller, barkeeper and seller in Tallinn. In 1854 he started holding preachings in Northern Estonia and called on people to give up collecting wealth. A short imprisonment in 1858 increased his popularity, the number of his followers reached 200-300 families. In 1860 Leinberg started to promote re-establishing to the Crimea, going there himself in February 1861. The most fanatic of the Maltsvetians waited in May and June 1861 at Lasnamäe for the coming of the “White ship” that was to take them to the promised land. The followers of Maltsvet also had an important part in the peasant rebels in Albu and Ahula in November 1861. By the mid-1860s, Maltsvet’s influence had worn off. After his return to Estonia in 1865 he started in business again. Leinberg died in Järvamaa, Pruuna parish.
About Juhan Leinberg
Known as Prophet Maltsvet, he founded the Maltsvetians, a religious sect based in Estonia.
He worked as a farmer and a bartender before preaching and getting imprisoned in 1858.
He attracted between 200 and 300 families to his cult.
He and his families waited for the White Ship to land and take them to the promised land the early summer of 1861.
Novelist Eduard Vide wrote about the Maltsvetians in Prophet Maltsvet, a 1908 novel that blended fact with fiction.
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