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Mani/Manichaeism
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Mani (216–277 CE), the founder of Manichaeism, a religion that is no longer practiced, claimed to receive divine revelations and composed several religious writings. The name “Manichaeism,” however, was rarely used by his followers, who preferred to refer to themselves (e.g.) as “the living generation.”

History

Mani was born in southern Mesopotamia. According to Manichaean hagiography, when he was a little boy, he and his father joine…

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Pedersen, Nils Arne, “Mani/Manichaeism”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002066>
First published online: 2018



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