At this point, Edison began calling his researchers “Muckers,” and later they even founded a fraternal organization “Muckers of the Edison Laboratory”! Muckern is the nickname of the disciples of the teachings of Johann Heinrich Schönherr (1770-1826) and Johann Wilhelm Ebel (1784-1861).  The word comes from the Middle German word muckern, which was also used for cleaning stables and stables. In some parts of Germany, the word smuggling was written.  “I must have been a terrible mucker,” Gerda whispered after a pause. Thank you, not always – I`ve been a bastard more than once in my life! His voice had a hint of bitterness; She didn`t like coming as a mucker, and she hadn`t been told she couldn`t take the exams. Schönherr, son of a sergeant from Memel in Prussia, was educated at the University of Königsberg, where the theological faculty of the time was strongly rationalist under the influence of Kantian idealism. The boy, miserably poor, was dissatisfied with a philosophy that remained with an explanation of the “thing in itself” and, educated in the strictest Lutheran orthodoxy, began to develop his own philosophy using the Bible. In the end, he believed he had attained ultimate knowledge and become the prophet of a dualistic theosophy so close to Gnosticism that it could have been considered a conscious awakening if Schoenherr`s lack of study in such a theology had not excluded such an idea.  Anyone would have done it, anyone who wasn`t a mucker, I mean. The mucker in the mine must belong to the same union as the man operating the drill. The bricks also had to be porous to reduce furnace gases. This proved to be a challenge that forced Edison and his collaborators to experiment for more than a year. Diestel wrote two tirades against the count, who successfully sued for defamation.
The group itself was disbanded in 1839. The evidence in this case was then submitted to the old Prussian consistory of Königsberg, and a trial followed, which became famous as the Königsberg Religious Trial (1835-1841) and led to prison sentences against Ebel and Diestel. The charge of real immorality was dismissed; But there is no doubt that some of their followers have established practices similar to those of agapemons and perfectionists. Some of them emigrated to Brazil, where in 1874 a company of them collided with the army near Porto Alegre (see Mucker Uprising).  The term “Edison Muckers” comes from the days of Edison`s ore mills in the early 1890s, when he experimented with making bricks that did not absorb moisture when exposed to snow or rain when shipped in open-top cars. Edison himself participated and played an important role during these experiments, in which many different solutions and materials were tested as possible binders, or “dirt” as they called it. In Brazil, Muckers are remembered in popular culture. For example, in 1993, when there was a series of murders near São Leopoldo; the local newspaper Zero Hora ran a headline “Violence has increased again in Mucker country.”  Among his converts was Ebel, who gained great prestige in Königsberg from 1810 as a serious preacher of the Orthodox teachings of “sin, grace and redemption” and in 1816 was appointed “archdeacon”, i.e.
senior pastor, at the church in the old town of Königsberg. In the pulpit he was Orthodox; but he gathered around him a small circle of initiates, to whom he privately taught the teachings of Schönherr. Schönherr himself sank into the background and finally died in 1826. But Ebel continued his teaching and was supported in 1827 by Heinrich Diestel, also a Lutheran pastor from Königsberg. They became the confessors of a large circle of fashionable people in the Prussian capital. Given their particular doctrine on the “purification of the flesh,” which included the meticulous regulation of sexual intercourse by married couples, a scandal was inevitable. Things came to a head in 1835 when Count Finckenstein, himself a former initiate, denounced the two pastors and accused them of immorality.  In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, two films were made in Brazil about Jacobina Mentz Maurer, one of the leaders of the Brazilian Muckers rebellion. The better known of the two films was directed by Fábio Barreto in 2002 and is entitled A Paixão de Jacobina (The Passion of Jacobina).