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also Man·de·an  (măn-dē′ən)
1. A member of a Gnostic sect historically concentrated in Iraq and Iran but now largely dispersed due to war and persecution.
2. Mandaic.

[Mandaic mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda', madda', infinitive of yəda', to know; see ydʕ in Semitic roots.]

Man·dae′an adj.


(mænˈdɪən) or


1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a member of a Gnostic sect of Iraq
2. (Languages) the form of Aramaic used by this sect
(Other Non-Christian Religions) of or relating to this sect
[C19: from Aramaic mandaya Gnostics, from mandā knowledge]
Manˈdaeanism, Manˈdeanism n


or Man•de•an

(mænˈdi ən)

1. a member of a Gnostic sect with modern adherents in SE Iraq and Khuzistan in Iran.
2. Also, Man•da′ic (-ˈdeɪ ɪk) a form of Aramaic used in sacred texts of the Mandaeans.
3. of or pertaining to the Mandaeans.
[1870–75; < Mandaean mandayy(ā) Gnostics (literally, the knowing ones) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mandaean - a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the MessiahMandaean - a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
2.Mandaean - the form of Aramaic used by the MandeansMandaean - the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans
Aramaic - a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia
Adj.1.Mandaean - of or relating to the Mandaean people or their language or culture
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She comes from a family of practising Mandeans - members of a religion that dates back to at least the third century.
The book is organized in seven chapters, covering stories of the Mandeans, Ezidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.
The Christian community from the Chaldeans, Assyrians, Mandeans and various other sects have dwelled in the Nineveh plains for more than 1700 years with Nineveh itself a centre of many biblical prophets and events.
Some believed it had come from the Mandeans (the Mandean love for the rivers and its waters being well known).
Chapters 6-10 include a focus on Augustinian contacts with Armenian Christianity, Catholic missions to the Mandeans of Iraq, Augustinian jurisdiction issues in Basra, the Augustinian mission to Georgia, and a valuable final chapter of reflections on the mission's relationship with political power and methods.
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.
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