The Co-formation of the Manichaean and Zoroastrian Religions in Third-Century Iran

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Abstract

The assumption that an already established Zoroastrian religion served as the source for terms, concepts, and themes which Mani and Manichaeans appropriated and altered is due for reassessment. Building on the work of P. O. Skjaervø, this study argues that (1) Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism arose together, side by side, in the third century (2) against the background of older Iranian religious cultural traditions, (3) each fitting those antecedent cultural artifacts into different systems of interpretation and application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEntangled Religions
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Avesta
  • Eschatology
  • Ethos
  • Legend
  • Manichaeism
  • Pantheon
  • Ritual
  • Zoroastrianism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • History

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