Manicheism


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Manichaeism, Manicheism, Manicheanism

1. the doctrines and practices of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a blending of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and other elements, especially doctrines of a cosmic conflict between forces of light and darkness, the darkness and evilness of matter, and the necessity for a sexual, vegetarian asceticism.
2. any similar dualistic system, considered heretical by orthodox Christian standards. Cf. Gnosticism. — Manichean, n., adj. — Manicheistic, adj.
See also: Heresy
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The texts date from the time of the domination of the Uigurs (744-840 and 866-1368), by the end of which Manicheism had long since ceded its supremacy to Buddhism (beginning of the eleventh century), with only small Manichean groups surviving into the thirteenth century; it is assumed, however, that many of the Middle Persian and Parthian manuscripts were copies of manuscripts from the third-sixth centuries (p.
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When the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not interest him, he turned his attention to philosophy, "then fell into Manicheism, and only after that discovered what would remain his modus operandi for the rest of his life.
Mailer also approaches Reich in his Manicheism and in his creation of a private cosmology which one is unsure whether to take as poetic construct or sheer superstition.
It is precisely its absence that preserves the values at stake, concealing their Manicheism and the presumed untouchability of the historical object, the event itself.
That is why the framework of analysis provided by DeRougemont's Love in the Western World (1939) is quite appropriate, even though the author diagnosed the erotic pathology of the West starting with the twelfth century, when European literature, and French literature in particular were heavily influenced by the dualistic heresies of Early Christianity: gnosis, manicheism, catharism, etc.
Buddhism entered China, and so too did Manicheism, Zoroastrianism and the Christianity of the East.
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