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Saviour in the Manichaean texts (1)

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01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

Sasanid Empire
Manichaean texts

Manichaean Middle Persian Texts (M 28 R 1.26-31):
The Saviour as a healer, as a physician (Akkadian asû) well-acquainted with practice of exorcism and purification, was a widespread belief attested in many cultural milieus. In the Manichaean Middle Persian text (M 28 R 1.26-31) the Saviour is presented as a doctor (bēšāz) giving health: “Hither for health, o Saviour of the fettered, and Physician of the wounded! Hither for health, o Awakener of sleepers and Shaker of the drowsy who art the raiser of the dead!” The Saviour is also called “the Lifegiver of the dead” (zīndakkar īg murdān), a notion that has its perfect counterpart in the Akkadian muballiṭ mīti, belonging to the more generical Mesopotamian conception of muballiṭu,”Lifegiver”, a common healing epithet of the divinity.

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Manichaean Middle Persian Texts (M 28 R 1.26-31)


Widengren 1946, 164Widengren, G. Mesopotamian Elements in Manichaeism. Uppsala: Lundequistska Bokhandeln, Leipzig: Harrassowitz 1946.

Andrea Piras

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