Manichaeism

The Heretical View of the Body

Manichaeism is a religion founded by the Persian Mani towards the end of the third century. It is a combined synthesis of the majority of religions known at the time,  consisting of Zoroastrian , Babylonian folklore, Buddhist ethics, and some additions of Christian elements.

Manichaesim offers a heretical view of the human body.  The religion views sexuality and any sexual desire as a sin, as they do eating and drinking for pleasure. They go so far as to repudiate marriage, seeing it as evil as it prolongs human imprisonmnet through reproduction. Maternity is seen as a calamity.

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