Baptism in rivers is essential to the Mandean
religion; the nearest one, the Jordan River, is a two-hour drive away, and Daftar doesn't own a car.
Their frustration may have lent an "added impetus to their founding of missions in Georgia, and among the Mandeans
of Basra" (245).
There are non-Muslim Christians, Mandeans
, Yazidis, Yarsan, Shabak, Zoroastrians, and Bahais.
One compound housed mainly Sabean Mandeans
and the other was home mainly to Shia Muslims but also housed other nationalities such as Burmese.
The burning of magical and psychoactive plants continues with the heirs of these entheogenic traditions, as with the surviving Mandeans
, and the Shia of Iran, who bum ephedra and Peganum harmala for apotropaic purposes.
The Jews, the ancient Zoroastrians (sometimes known as "magi" three of whom visited the Christ Child), the Mandeans
(who follow John the Baptist), the Bahai, the angel-worshipping Yazidis, and other, smaller groups--all have joined the exodus, and for the same reasons.
Acts 19:1-7 may give us a clue to this unique treatment on John by Luke since a John the Baptist cult does not recognize Jesus, perhaps similar to the Mandeans
. Luke also parallels Gospel material with material in Acts.
Unfortunate and shameful, as Arab Christians have been as much a fabric of the combined heritage of the Middle East as have Jews, Muslims, Druze and Mandeans
She and her family are Mandeans
, followers of John the Baptist.