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The Initiation of the Tarmida

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

in The Mandaeans

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153859
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834051 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153855.003.0009

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 The Initiation of the Tarmida

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Centers on the creation of the tarmida, who is a lower ranking (first‐level) Mandaean priest. The entire ritual takes 68 days and requires a set clusterings of rituals and ritual segments. The sequence of events is described: preparation; baptism and crowning; marriage and insignia; baptism of the rba (the novice's teacher) and zidqa brikha (blessed oblation); the 60‐days’ exclusion; and the masiqta (death mass) for the rba. In addition, two issues are addressed in particular: the relationship between the novice and his teacher, and the emphatic instructions regarding the inclusion or exclusion of certain words or formulas at specific points in the ceremonial.

Keywords: initiation ceremonies; Mandaeans; Mandaeism; masiqta; priests; rba; rituals; tarmida

Chapter.  5716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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