The exceptional place women held in Manichaeism, in everyday life or myth, is the object of this book. Relying on firsthand Manichaean texts in several languages and on polemical sources, as well as on iconography, the various papers analyze aspects of women’s social engagement by spreading Mani’s doctrine, working to support the community, or corresponding with other Manichaean groups. Topics such as women’s relation to the body and elect or hearer status are also investigated. The major role played by female entities in the myth is enlightened through occidental and oriental texts and paintings discovered in Central Asia and China.
Madeleine Scopello, FAHA, Corresponding Fellow of Institut de France, is em. Research director at CNRS and em. Studies director at EPHE, Paris. She has published many articles and books, including Femme, Gnose et Manichéisme (Brill, 2005).
Preface List of Figures Notes on Contributors
1 Ambivalent Beauty: Divine Transgendering in the ‘Seduction of the Archons’ and Elsewhere in Manichaean Myth Jason David BeDuhn
2 Trois témoignages polémiques sur l’engagement des femmes dans la diffusion de la religion de Mani. Analyse historique et lexicale Madeleine Scopello
3 La « Mère de la Vie ». Identité et fonctions Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
4 L’usage manichéen du terme Enthymèsis dans les Kephalaia coptes de Berlin Jean-Daniel Dubois
5 The Manichaean Women in the Greek and Coptic Letters from Kellis Majella Franzmann
6 “You Being for Us Helpers, and Worthy Patrons …” (P. Kell. Copt. 31). Manichaean Gift-Exchange in the Village of Kellis Mattias Brand
7 The (Female) Manichaean Body: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Eastern Manichaean Texts Adam Benkato and Sam Langsdale
8 Digital Restoration of an Icon of the Light Maiden Preserved on a Uygur Manichaean Mortuary Banner from 10th-Century Kocho Zsuzsanna Gulácsi
9 The Figure of the Virgin of Light in the New Chinese Manichaica Gábor Kósa
This book will interest institutes, academic libraries, specialists, and post-graduate students in the fields of Manichaeism, History of religions, History of Christianity, History of art, Late antiquity, Oriental studies, Gender studies