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On The Five Storehouses Which Have Poured Forth From The Land Of Darkness From The Beginning; The Five Archons, The Five Spirits, The Five Bodies, (And) The Five Tastes

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Two of the most important presentations of the Land of Darkness from the Kephalaia can be found in this chapter. The compiler has given the five-part pattern a central compositional role. In the first place, the chapter title enumerates five sets of five that are discussed in the chapter, namely, 1) the Five Storehouses, 2) the Five Archons, 3) the Five Spirits, 4) the Five Bodies, and 5) the Five Tastes, while the introductory frame re-emphasizes the thematic centrality of five by means of a cluster of five statements. Then, the central discourse begins, which is itself divided into five parts dealing with the five Kings of Darkness, the section about the King of the World of Smoke itself divided into five parts. The danger of these Five Spirits is emphasized at the end of the chapter, where one can find a grave admonition placed in the mouth of Mani.

Keywords:five archons; five spirits; five storehouses; five-part pattern; Kephalaia; king of darkness; land of darkness



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