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).
Norres was one of a group of 23 Mandeans
who, in October 2001, boarded a boat to Australia which came to be known as SIEV X.
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
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.
Of the estimated 60,000 Mandeans
in Iraq in the 1990s, only about 5,000 remain.