Saturday, May 24, 2014

Life Goes On In Iraq: Sabean Mandeans’ Golden Baptism Festival

 
Sabean Mandeans are considered one of the oldest religions in the world. Sabean is from the Aramaic word “saba” which means baptized. This is one of the basic rituals of the religion, being dipped into water to be baptized. Mandeans is from the Aramaic “yada – ada” to know, meaning that they are the baptized people who know about God. The following are pictures of Mandeans celebrating their Golden Baptism Festival in the Big Zab River, Khabat, Irbil on May 20, 2014. Photos by AFP's Safin Hamed.


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SOURCES

Salloum, Sa’ad, “A Guide to Minorities in Iraq, Memory, Identity and Challenges,” (Baghdad and Beirut: Masarat, 2013)

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