Women in Western and Eastern Manichaeism

Madeleine Scopello, Leiden: Brill, 2022


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.

Table of Contents

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

(Text from the publisher)



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