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Ceremony is about to begin

By Damian Grodowski

The Mandeans' Mashbuta is a repeated baptism in flowing water, the primary form in which the Lightworld manifests itself on the Earth. Here we may see a preperation to baptism ceremony in the morning at the bank of Karun River in Ahvaz, Iran. These ancient Gnostic Baptists must have arrived into Persia from Jordan, Palestine) as early as the 1st and 2nd centuries CE. Nowadays its community is shrinking, due to emigration and religion principles allowing Mandean marry only another Mandean.

Ceremony is about to begin