With only 290 adherents the Karaite faith is the smallest of the traditional religions in Lithuania. Considered by many Jews to be a type of Judaism, the Lithuanian Karaism followers have always considered themselves to follow a different faith.
Unlike the Jews, the Karaites do not recognize Bible commentary as divine. Every Karaite is expected to understand the Old Testament himself. Having originated in 8th century Iraq and further developed in Eastern Europe the Lithuanian Karaism blended in many Christian and Islamic practices. Other traditionsare unique to Karaism.
There are two Kenesas (Karaites prayer homes) left in Lithuania. One in Trakai and one in Vilnius
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