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Mani
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Mani, * 14 Apr 216 (near Seleucia-Ctesiphon), † 26 Feb 277 (Beth-Lapat (Gundeshapur))

Mani, the founder of the gnostic [→ Gnosticism] world religion of → Manichaeism, was born near the southern Mesopotamian town of Seleucia-Ctesiphon on the Tigris. More or less trustworthy original Manichaean sources on his life are relatively late and scanty. It now seems certain that his father's name was Pattīg or Pattēg (Greek: Pattikios; Latin: Patticius; Arabic: Futtuq); the name of his mother was probably Maryam or Miryam. It may…

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Oort, Johannes van, “Mani”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 19 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_225>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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