Re: Gnostic roots for the Mazdakites?
- I believe what you may be talking about is a book by Pr Ehsan
Yarshater on Manichaeans, and a chapter on the Mazdekites.
I don't see that he mentions the "Gnostics" in question by name, but
perhaps he means to imply that Manichaeans are Gnostic (something I
would disagree with, as would many others here).
--- In email@example.com, "apx0n" <apx0n@y...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was googling a subject I haven't touched in a while, Mazdakism,
> found several startling references (in NON-scholarly sources) to
> movement being founded atop an earlier reform effort within the
> Zoroastrian church - namely, a movement founded by gnosis-
> mobads who had returned from Rome. These mobads, apparently,
> introduced teachings that suggested that Zoroastrian scriptures
> an inner meaning, one that could be revealed through a study of
> esoteric teachings. The sources I cam accross didn't offer any
> insight into how these mobads were 'gnosis-influenced'.
> I don't know if anyone knows about the Mazdakites here, but they
> a proto-communist movement dating to late fifth century and early
> sixth century Sassanian Iran, founded by a supposedly historic
> named 'Mazdak' and supported, for a time, by Shah Kavad. I have
> 1) Has anyone heard elsewhere that the Mazdakites were influenced
> or in any way resembled, gnosticism?
> 2) Aside from traditions that may have had some 'close encounters'
> with Zoroastrianism (Mani was favored by the Shah in his day, but
> hated by the Zoroastrian Church as I understand it), does anyone
> of gnostic movements within the Zoroastrian Church?
> Thanks for the help,
> PS - if anyone has any interest in the Mazdakites email me! I'd
> to either join or start a chat about them.