is a name given to the Christians
who substituted water
in the Eucharist
. It is claimed that the practice widely in vogue at an early time, even among the orthodox
Catholics consider the substitution an act of heresy. In Greek they were called Hydroparastatae, or those who offer water. Theodosius I, in his edict of 382, classes them as a special sect with the Manicheans, who also eschewed wine.
is considered a misspelling associated with Aquarians, as it has another meaning — "Slaves who carried water for bathing into the women's apartments"
Other terms used in reference to the Aquarians include the Encratites ("the Abstinent") and Ebionites