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On The Body, That It Was Made To Resemble The Cosmos

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In this chapter, it is told that "the entire cosmos, above and below, resembles the human body" (1Ke 169.29-30), with each component of the cosmos compared to a part of the body (1Ke 170.2-16). The Five Sons of the Living Spirit are described as "Watchers" (1Ke 171.28) of five regions of the cosmos (1Ke 170.21-171.15), called "encampments" (1Ke 170.21) or "watch-towers" (1Ke 171.11), while the Light-Mind guards five "encampments" of the body. Finally, each of the Five Sons of the Living Spirit is compared to an Elect who, with the aid of the Light-Mind, is able to control the various parts of the body (1Ke 172.3-20). In this way it can be seen that, the Kephalaia compilers sought to emphasize the correspondence between the cosmos and the human form, a concept essential to the Manichaean worldview.

Keywords:cosmos; encampment; human body; light-mind; living spirit; Manichaean Kephalaia; watch-tower



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