Gerry Canavan

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Mandaeans

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They believe somewhere in the north, beyond the pole, is a world that is the double of this world, called Msunia Kusta. Every living Mandaean has a double there, and all the Mandaeans of the past live there, with plenty of food and music and cool breezes. No one ever speaks there, for everyone knows what everyone else wants to say.

One of the highlights of this month’s Harper’s is Eliot Weinberger’s article on Mandaeism, a relatively obscure Semitic sect from southern Iraq. You can read the article online, but only if you already have a subscription (which you should, because it gives you access to the magazine’s entire 150-year history).

Written by gerrycanavan

May 8, 2007 at 1:20 am

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