Mandaean in United States


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Introduction / History

Mandaeans are perhaps the remnant of the Essen community (who wrote the dead sea scrolls) after it was destroyed in 70 AD. They fled eastward and took up residence along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where their communities flourished. Several hundred years ago, their customs were recorded in their holy book, "Kenz irRabba" [the great treasure], which reads from both covers to the middle [you start at one cover and read to the middle, and then you turn it over and start from the other cover and read to the middle].
For centuries they lived in Iraq along the banks of the major rivers. Most lived among the Marsh Arabs. They were the gold smiths of Iraq, so they became targets of kidnapping and extortion by the radical Muslims after the fall of Saddam Hussein. They lost a large part of their community due to the violence in Iraq. Some were killed and others moved to Western countries like the United States. They have large communities in Sweden, Australia, Canada and the USA (especially in Worchester, MA).


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the United States, they blend in with other Iraqi refugees. They must learn English, new job skills and navigate a radically different culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Baptism is the most important part of their religion, besides observing the festive calendar.
They have a large and small Eid [i.e. holiday] like their Muslim neighbors, one in the spring and another in the summer. They have elaborate death rituals including giving a new name to the deceased to assist them entering the "world of light." Angels also play a large role in the religious life of Mandaeans.


What Are Their Needs?

There is freedom of religion in the United States. Mandaeans need to take the opportunity to embrace Christ in this tolerant environment.


Prayer Points

Pray for Mandaeans in the U.S. to have receptive hearts, ready to receive the only savior.
Pray for loving and dedicated workers to go to them.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Mandaean leaders a desire to find spiritual truth no matter what the cost.


Scripture Prayers for the Mandaean in United States.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Mandeaen
People Name in Country Mandaean
Pronunciation man-DAY-un
Alternate Names Sabbehi
Population this Country 1,900
Population all Countries 75,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13483
ROP3 Code 106221
ROP25 Code 305093
ROP25 Name Mandaean
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Worchester, Mass., Lincoln, Nebraska, north of Detroit, Michigan   Source:  Field worker
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Worchester, Mass., Lincoln, Nebraska, north of Detroit, Michigan.   Source:  Field worker

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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Mandaeism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
98.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Neo-Mandaic
Language Code mid   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
English
Primary Language Neo-Mandaic
Language Code mid   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  English
People Groups Speaking Neo-Mandaic

Primary Language:  Neo-Mandaic

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source Suomen Mandean Yhdistys - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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