Mandæans: The True Descendents of Ancient Babylonians and Chaldeans
by Fredrick Aprim
…The religious ideas of the Mandæans show some remarkable similarities to the ancient doctrines, whether pagan or Christian. In the Ginza “Treasury”, perhaps the best known of the Mandaic sacred books, we find at least seven different accounts of the origins of the cosmos, each with features most difficult to reconcile. The Mandæans hold on the immense shoulders of Ur, an enormous serpent-like sea monster of the abyss. Most of the stories about the language and religion of the Mandæans were collected by Catholic missionaries, who acknowledged that great uncertainties surrounded them. First, the name; it is not certain what Mandæan means but it is thought that it came from their own claim of being Mandaiia, which is related to madda, meaning “knowledge”. The most sacred Mandæan ceremonies are performed by the priests, who are called tarmidia “disciple,” inside a fenced-off area called a mandi with a building inside this area called manda or bimanda (from bet manda, “house of knowledge”. Second, it is thought that the name came from Manda d-Hiia, meaning “Knowledge of Life”. What is certain is the name their Arab neighbors gave them: Subba, “baptizers,” “those who immerse [themselves in water]. Baptism and submersion in the flowing water of a river is the principle religious practice. For Mandæans, flowing water is considered life-creating force of the world…..
see also “The Ginza Rba” ~ Mandæan Scriptures