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The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The Mandaeans are a Gnostic sect that arose in the Middle East around the same time as Christianity. Although it is one of the few religious traditions that can legitimately claim a 2000‐year ... More


An Inscribed Mandaean Body

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
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chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The Great ‘First World’ and its companion text, The Lesser ‘First World’, are both examples of Mandaean priestly esoteric literature, and have been hardly studied since their ... More


Introduction: The Mandaean World

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
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chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Starts by tracing the origin of the Mandaeans to the Jordan/Palestine area (from whence they emigrated, in the first to third centuries CE, to Iran and Iraq), and gives a brief history to the ... More


From Iraq to California: Grains of Musk

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

An account is given of the life of a contemporary Mandaean poet, Lamea Abbas Amara, who was originally from Iraq, and now lives in San Diego, California. It discusses her religious origins, her ... More


Šitil: An Example of “the Image Above and Below”

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
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chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Focuses on the Mandaean mythological figure of Šitil, who figures largely in Mandaean prayers and other texts, along with his brothers, Hibil and AnuŠs. All three are ‘utras (Lightworld (heavenly) ... More


Ruha

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
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9780199834051
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chapter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Focuses on the Mandaean mythological figure of Ruha (Spirit), who is presented largely as a leader of the forces of darkness opposing those of the Lightworld. She has been traditionally regarded as ... More


Miriai

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
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chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Focuses on the mythological figure of Miriai, who in some Mandaean traditions is Jesus’ mother, while in others she is portrayed as a positive figure, but with no associations with Jesus. The ... More


To the River: In Iran, April 1996

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Starts the second part of the book, on Mandaean rituals. It gives an account of the author's visit to the Mandaeans of Iran in April 1996. Descriptions are given of customs, ceremonies, and rituals.


Baptism (Maṣbuta)

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The Mandaean ritual of Mašbuta or baptism is described. This is a process of immersion in running water (which is the form that the Lightworld takes on earth), and is not an initiatory baptism, but ... More


The Ṭabahata Masiqta

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
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9780195153859
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9780199834051
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Investigates another creation of the Mandaean laufa (the connection between earth and the Lightworld), that of the masiqta or death mass. The specific masiqta described here is the Ṭabahata masiqta, ... More


The Initiation of the Tarmida

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Centers on the creation of the tarmida, who is a lower ranking (first‐level) Mandaean priest. The entire ritual takes 68 days and requires a set clusterings of rituals and ritual segments. The ... More


The Ducks That Came to the Marshes: New York

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Starts the third part of the book, on native hermeneutics (interpretation issues). It gives an account of New York Mandaeans; Mandaeans first came to New York to the World Exposition in 1939, to show ... More


Interpretive Strategies in The Scroll of Exalted Kingship

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

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2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Along with texts such as The Great ‘First World’, the scroll of Exalted Kingship belongs to a category of Mandaean texts that might be called Mandaean priestly esoteric documents.’ Exalted Kingship ... More


Mandaean Language Games and Obstacles

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The Mandaean alphabet, the abagada, consists of 24 letters and is so named because of the first four of these (A, B, G, D); one of them is not a real letter, for the D, the relative particle “of”, is ... More


Thousands of Names, Hundreds of Lineages

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Published in print:
2002
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November 2003
ISBN:
9780195153859
eISBN:
9780199834051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195153855.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Deals with some aspects of the author's own ongoing research on Mandaean colophons, including the postscripts, which are called tariks. Colophons form family trees because they list names and thereby ... More


Pleasantville Religions

April D. DeConick

in The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170765
eISBN:
9780231542043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170765.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Emergence of the first Gnostic new religious movements; Church of Mani; Church of Pistis Sophia; Mandaeism. Engages the movie, “Pleasantville.”


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