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The Kephalaia compilers of this chapter were interested in three primary themes: (1) the genesis of the dark-realm, (2) the nature of the dark-lord and his companions, and (3) the relation of the dark powers to the zodiac and the planets, which they chose to re-enforce through the use of both theological and literary five-part patterning. A cluster from the chapter fits into a more elaborate discourse about the Five "Parts/ Times?". The chapter begins with a singular principle known as the "Death-desire" (1Ke 47.34). From this principle, which is essentially a synonym for "Matter" , emerge the remaining structures of the dark-realm. In this way the origin of evil is viewed as a generative process in which the Five Dark Elements, spurred on by the evil principle, develop according to an "organic" process analogous to natural phenomena such as the growth of trees and the production of fruit.

Keywords:dark-realm; five-part pattern; fruit of Death; Manichaean Kephalaia; zodiac

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