The Mandaeans, the Last Gnostics, now playing on CCG!!!
- The Mandaeans. Perhaps the original Gnostics, the Mandaeans are
certainly the only surviving ancient Gnostic sect. Who are these
mysterious Semites that break so many Gnostic molds including making
Jesus and Sophia the evil villains in the cosmic play? And despite
their surviving for over two thousand years, the reality is that the
Second Gulf War has brought them to the brink of extinction. We study
their culture and theology, as well as present information on how we,
as members of the Esoterica, can help their grim plight in the Middle
Astral GuestNathaniel Deutsch, author of `The Gnostic Imagination:
Gnosticism, Mandaeism, and Merkabah Mysticism'.
--The various possibilities of the origins of the Mandaeans.
Breakaway Mystic Jews? Proto-Kabbalists? John the Baptist Followers?
--The mysterious rituals and culture of these Semite Gnostics that go
back perhaps over two thousand years.
--How their views actually might mirror the Classic Gnostics more than
the Radical Dualistic Gnostics.
--What are the reasons the Mandaeans believe Jesus and Moses are pawns
of the evil Creator God of our universe.
--How these `People of the Book' have been able to survive Pagan,
Christian and Muslim empires without ever resorting to violence.
--Why the fall of Sadaam was the reason that the Last Gnostics are on
the brink of annihilation, with little help from any government these
--What we, as private citizens, can do to help them before their
wonders are erased from history by another blow of the Demiurge.
And much more! A sober show about a tragedy that perhaps might be
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To balance the show, our rebroadcast deals with the near cousins of
the Mandaeans that did not survive the fury of Orthodoxy. This is
`CCG #25Mani and Manichaeans'. Our guest was Jason BeDuhn, author of
'The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual' & Associate Professor
of Religious Studies Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion
Northern Arizona University.
It's M-M-M-Mani and the Manicheans (played to Elton John's 'Benny &
The Jets'). Manichaeism was the only global Gnostic religion ever,
extending from the Atlantic Ocean to central and southern Asia.
Persian, Mongolian and Chinese kings even made it a state religion
(one claimed Mani was the avatar of Lao-Tze). It lasted for a thousand
years and survived until the 15th century; yet it is perhaps the least
known variety of Gnosticism today. Manichaeism was also the biggest
threat to the Catholic Church in its early history, as well as a
competitor to several Eastern faiths in Asia. But the guys with swords
tend to always win over the pacifists. We revisit the origins,
history, and theology of this most unusual catholic Gnosticism.
--The extraordinary life of the Prophet Mani, including his passion
and execution because of an orthodox priesthood (does the story ever
--The cosmology, tenets and rituals of Manichaeism, as well as how it
was able to compete with so many different religions across the world.
--How the Roman Catholic Church not only exterminated Manichaeism but
also co-opted several of its traditions (confession, priesthood
celibacy, and more).
--Saint Augustine, the ex-Manichean, and his ability to interbreed
Christian and Manichean theology that changed the Church forever.
--Evidence that it was perhaps the Manicheans who absorbed the classic
Gnostics and not the persecution of the early Church.
--The reasons why there is so little known of Mani and his religion in
these modern times.
--Dispelling the fable that Manicheans (like all other Gnostics) were
world-haters by glancing at their sublime scriptures and wisdom.
--Evidence for and against the Manicheans influencing the Bogomils and
Cathars of the later Middle Ages.