Monday, October 10, 2016

Silk Road Religions

Manichaean. Man·i·chae·ism /ˌmanəˈkēizəm/ noun: Manichaeism; noun: Manicheism "A dualistic religious system with Christian, Gnostic, and pagan elements, founded in Persia in the 3rd century by Manes ( circa 216– circa 276). The system was based on a supposed primeval conflict between light and darkness. It spread widely in the Roman Empire and in Asia, and survived in eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) until the 13th century." •religious or philosophical dualism." There were two classes in Manichaeism, the Elect and those who supported them, very much like the Cathars in S. France. Mani, note the winged sun disc at the top of the painting. There are also winged angels next to the winged disc at the top, one of the slates has such angels at the top and they have been classified as "Zoroastrian angels". Uighur Manichaeans. The Silk road. Mandaean mosaic. The Trimurti - multiple deities of Manichaeism. Note the dualistic angels at the top as on the Michigan slates, brother of the right hand and brother of the left hand. Buddhist caves of the Silk Road. Bodhisattva. Dunhuang Silk Road Buddhist caves.

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