A Newly Found Chinese Manichaean Document and Related Writings from Xiapu Region. New Light on the Manichaean Studies

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistance Professor, Faculty of Eastern Religions, University of Religions and Denominations

2 M.A of Visual Communications, Islamic Azad University, Tehran


This paper, as the first Persian writing in this context, tries to introduce, present and comment on three newly found Chinese documents discovered in 2008 from the Xiapu county in Fujian province, southeastern of China. One of them is Manichaean and two others are non-Manichaean but about the Manichaeism and the Chinese Manichaeans. This important heritage, some of which are very old and even go back to the Song and Tang periods, illustrates new effects of Manichaeism with the Chinese characteristics and shows the Manichaean influences on the Chinese popular thoughts on the one hand and the combination of this religion with Taoism and Buddhism on the other. Here, some previous commentaries have been corrected.


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