Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Last of the Mandaeans

Stephen Starr reports on the descendants of the "followers of John the Baptist [who] moved from the Holy Land to the expanses of today's southern Iraq and southwest Iran around the second century AD" — Mandaeans in struggle for existence. "Mandaeans are also Gnostics, believing in mysticism and a heightened role of the natural world," and "in the 1980s, Mandaeans were conscripted to fight in the war with Iran - a direct contravention to their religion which does not allow followers to handle weapons of any form."

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