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.