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Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran: Their Cults, Customs, Magic Legends, and Folklore (New)
by Drower, E S
Publisher: Gorgias Press
Book ID: 9781931956499, 1931956499
"Older Mandaeans still remember Lady Drower with fondness, and for many scholars, students, and aficionados, her book The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran remains the work that brings the people alive. No anthropologist has conducted fieldwork among the Mandaeans, not even in recent decades and therefore Drower remains a singular figure. To those who eagerly and hopefully ask, 'Can I become a Mandaean? Is it possible to become a convert to the religion?' - the answer remains: no. But one may certainly study the religion, and this book offers the first step."
- From the New Introduction by Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley
Table of Contents
Introduction by Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley
The Mandaeans (or Subba) of Iraq and Iran
Mandaean Religious Literature
Ritual Dress and Insignia
Cosmogony, Astrology, and Holy-days
The Manda or Cult-hut
The Priesthood: Consecration of the Priest, or Tarmida
The Priesthood (cont.): The High Priest or Ganzibra
Death and Rites for the souls of the dead
Eating for the Dead
The Parsi Ritual Meals
The Mandaean Alphabet
Legend of Creation, The Flood, etc
Of Abraham and Yurba
How Hibil Ziwa Fetched Ruha from the Darkness
The Story of Qiqel and the Death of Yahya
The Bride at Shuster
The Fire-worshipper and Adam Bul Faraj
How Dana Nuk visited the seventh Heaven
Concerning the Mountain of the Maddai and how the Turks came to take it
How the Maddai and their Ganzibra left the Mountain for a better country
The child conceived on the 29th night of the moon
The Kanshi Uzahla
The Plague in Shuster
Bibi's sons and their strange Adventure
Of Beholding events in Trance
How Evil Spirits abuse the dead, etc
Men who have returned from the Death, etc
Of the Power to see Spirits
The Simurgh: The true History of Rustam and his son
The Man who sought to see sin, the moon
The Simurgh and Hirmiz Shah
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