The Ṭabahata Masiqta

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153859
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834051 | DOI:

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 The Ṭabahata Masiqta

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Investigates another creation of the Mandaean laufa (the connection between earth and the Lightworld), that of the masiqta or death mass. The specific masiqta described here is the Ṭabahata masiqta, the masiqta of the Parents’, an event that only occurs once a year, on the last day of the five‐day intercalary period Panja; it takes even longer than a regular masiqta (which takes 12 hours) . This is a double masiqta, performed in two parts, the first of which has two segments. The account relies on Drower's fieldwork accounts, and on her editions and translations of Mandaean texts. Prayers, priestly instructions, commentaries, and activities are laid out in conjunction with one another to show the complex interactions of religious thought, imagery, and ritual proceedings.

Keywords: laufa; Mandaeans; Mandaeism; masiqta; repeated rituals; rituals; Ṭabahata masiqta

Chapter.  6202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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