The emphasis of the Religion of Light is the worship of the One True God, the recognition of the Divine Messenger as a Holy Conduit to the Father of Greatness. It emphasizes the relinquishment of gross materialism and attachments, false desires and elevates the need to be kind to others through selfless service, all through living a virtuous life. Continue reading →
It has been evidenced time and again that Christian and Muslim accounts of the Prophet Mar Mani and the Manichaean Religion can’t always be trusted for completely accurate information regarding the ancient Religion of Light.
It’s always best to go to the source when researching or documenting a religious group due to the obvious biases that exist in the writing of authors who are outright opposed to the group you’re studying. Unfortunately, for some of the more ancient religions that were heavily persecuted by both Christians and Muslims, their original texts are very difficult to locate and often times near impossible. Translations of such texts are usually made by those who persecuted the group in which the text belong, making the translation biased and unfortunately at times even worthless. 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.