“There are good grounds for affirming that Zendo was acquainted with Manichaeanism and that he borrowed some parts of his system, at least, from that religion.” (Excerpt from Shinran and His Work – Studies in Shinshu Theology) Continue reading →
While the author (Jason David BeDuhn) brings some confusing or contradictory material to the table in his work concerning Manichaean rituals, the references in the back of this book are invaluable to any student of history.
Studying this volume with an open mind, the student should be able to able to gain a better understanding of the religious offerings of the ancient Manichaeans according to what is known among scholars today.
I highly recommend reading the Gospel of the Prophet Mani, compiled and translated by Duncan Greenlees before attempting to read BeDuhn’s work or any other Manichaean related publication and research. If you have read either of these books, I would like to hear from you to know what you think about them.