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Manichaeism definition

  • noun:
    • The syncretic, dualistic spiritual philosophy taught by the Persian prophet Manes, combining aspects of Zoroastrian, Christian, and Gnostic thought and compared because of the imperial Roman government, Neo-Platonist philosophers, and orthodox Christians.
    • A dualistic viewpoint dividing the entire world between good and bad concepts or with regards to matter as intrinsically wicked and head as intrinsically great.
    • The doctrines taught, or system of principles preserved, by the Manich├Žans.
    • See Manicheism.
    • a religion created by Manes in the third century; a synthesis of Zoroastrian dualism between light and dark and Babylonian folklore and Buddhist ethics and trivial elements of Christianity; distribute extensively in Roman Empire but had mainly not survived by 1000
  • proper-noun:
    • A syncretic, dualistic religion that blended aspects of Zoroastrian, Christian, and Gnostic idea, started by the Iranian prophet Mani in 3rd century AD.
    • A dualistic viewpoint dividing the entire world between good and bad maxims, or with regards to matter as intrinsically evil and head as intrinsically great.
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